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?

Following review through 2017 and a public comment period in the fall, the Growth Management Policy Board recommended the Centers Framework Update to the Executive Board for final action. The Executive Board will take up the recommendation in February and March 2018.

Growth Management Policy Board Recommendation

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.