Centers Framework Update

PSRC is working with members and other partners to develop ways to support and recognize the region's diverse centers.

This project is evaluating the regional centers framework and will recommend structural changes to recognize different scales of centers using consistent designation criteria and procedures.

What's Happening Now?

The Growth Management Policy Board is developing a proposal to update the centers framework.  The policy board solicited comments on the draft proposal, prior to a formal board recommendation. The Public Comment Period ended on November 8, 2017. A recommendation by the growth board to the Executive Board is anticipated by the end of 2017. 

Draft Centers Framework Proposal Resources

Board Review Process (2017)

Framework Development (2016-2017)

Why Are We Doing This Project?

Centers play a big role in how the region accommodates growth. The Regional Centers Framework is how we focus and support growth while creating vibrant, livable communities. This centers framework update will:

  • Clearly define the types of central places—both larger and smaller—within the region that are the focus of growth, planning, and investment.
  • Provide for designation of centers at the regional and countywide levels in a way that is consistent across the region.
  • Establish planning expectations that ensure centers are developing as thriving, equitable, and connected communities.

An updated framework and set of designated centers will put the region on a sound footing as it updates VISION 2040 to accommodate housing and jobs in walkable mixed-use communities, preserve industrial lands, and achieve an environmentally sustainable pattern of development.