Environmental Review for VISION 2050

As part of the VISION 2050 development process, PSRC is reviewing the environmental impacts of the plan alternatives.

The environmental review process for VISION 2050 includes preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS), in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act.

To help shape the plan and environmental review, PSRC held a public scoping period from February 2 to March 19, 2018. The scoping notice, comments received, and summary of the process and comments received are available below.

A Draft SEIS was issued on February 28, 2019, followed by a 60-day comment period. The SEIS contains new information and analysis, and builds on data and analysis contained in the VISION 2040 Final Environmental Impact Statement and other existing environmental documents. The Draft SEIS includes an equity appendix to evaluate how the alternatives may affect people of color and people with low incomes on issues like land use, transportation, and housing. To evaluate and compare the alternatives, the Draft SEIS considers impacts in areas with particularly high concentrations of those communities today, along with information on demographics in the region.

The Growth Management Policy Board used several tools to develop a preferred growth alternative: 

  • Evaluation criteria with assessment by alternative (see Appendix D)
  • Summary of Draft SEIS public comments
  • Supplemental technical evaluation
  • Board priorities based on discussions at board meetings

The preferred growth alternative is presented as the Regional Growth Strategy in the GMPB Recommended draft VISION 2050 (December 2019). A Final SEIS with updated environmental analysis, comments on the Draft SEIS and responses to those comments are anticipated to be released in March 2020.