Help shape the region’s plan for growth

Last Updated: 
Jan 2, 2019

PSRC is seeking comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for VISION 2050, the region’s long-range plan for growth.

Major economic gains in recent years have made our region among the fastest growing in the country.  This rapid growth has affected housing affordability, cost of living, transportation, and the environment. 

Forecasts show the region needs to plan for 1.8 million additional people and 1.2 million new jobs by 2050. PSRC is developing VISION 2050 to guide growth to support thriving communities, a strong economy and a healthy environment.  

Read the Executive Summary

 

Regional Growth Alternatives

VISION 2050 will contain the region's multicounty planning policies and a regional strategy for accommodating growth through 2050. The Draft SEIS evaluates the environmental effects of three regional growth alternatives that distribute growth in unique patterns throughout the region. The three alternatives are: Stay the Course (no action alternative), Transit Focused Growth, and Reset Urban Growth.

All three alternatives are intended to preserve resource lands and promote development within urban areas to create more compact, walkable, and transit-friendly communities. The alternatives present trade-offs on how to achieve those outcomes. The SEIS also includes an equity appendix describing how the alternatives may affect areas with high concentrations of people of color and people with low incomes.

Descriptions of the Alternatives

Stay the Course (No Action)

The Stay the Course alternative is a direct extension of the VISION 2040 Regional Growth Strategy. The alternative assumes compact growth, focused in the largest and most transit-connected cities with the region’s 29 designated regional growth centers. It is the required “no action alternative” that would maintain current policy and must be evaluated under SEPA. This alternative:

  • Continues to direct the largest shares of the region’s future growth to the region’s five major Metropolitan Cities and their designated centers: Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Bremerton and Tacoma.
  • Focuses growth into the region’s Core Cities – those other cities with regional growth centers that are concentrations of growth and serve as economic and transportation hubs for the region.
  • Compared to historical trends, this alternative allocates less growth in urban unincorporated and rural areas and more growth in cities.

Transit Focused Growth

The Transit Focused Growth alternative is based on VISION 2040 and assumes accelerated growth near the region’s existing and planned transit investments. This alternative:

  • Assumes 75 percent of the region’s population and employment growth to occur within a quarter- to a half-mile from current and planned high-capacity transit station areas, including light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, ferries, and streetcar.
  • The largest shares of growth would go to Metropolitan Cities, Core Cities, and High-Capacity Transit Communities.
  • Assumes a greater role for areas served by high-capacity transit outside of Metropolitan and Core Cities
  • Growth in unincorporated urban growth areas with existing or planned high-capacity transit and planned for annexation or incorporation would be similar to cities with high-capacity transit.
  • The remaining share of population and employment growth would be distributed largely within the urban growth area among areas not served by high-capacity transit.
  • Growth in rural and unincorporated areas would be the lowest in this alternative.
  • This alternative uses an updated county distribution of population based on the 2017 state Office of Financial Management projections and shifts 5% of forecasted job growth from King County to the other three counties.

Reset Urban Growth

The Reset Urban Growth alternative shares similarities with growth patterns from 2000 to 2016. This alternative:

  • Assumes a more distributed growth pattern throughout the urban area.
  • Continues to allocate the largest shares of growth to Metropolitan Cities and Core Cities, although the overall growth to Metropolitan Cities, Core Cities, and High Capacity Transit Communities would be less compared to Stay the Course or Transit Focused Growth.
  • Allocates growth in Cities and Towns and Urban Unincorporated Areas based on existing land use capacity.
  • Growth in rural and unincorporated areas would be the highest in this alternative.
  • This alternative uses an updated county distribution of population based on the 2017 state Office of Financial Management projections and shifts 5% of forecasted job growth from King County to the other three counties.

Comment on the Draft SEIS

We are looking forward to hearing what you think!

How to Provide Comments on the Draft SEIS

We encourage you to submit comments along with a name and email or mailing address. Comments must be submitted to PSRC in writing by 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2019.

  • Online Comment Form: https://www.psrc.org/vision-2050-draft-seis-comment-form
  • Email: VISION2050SEIS@psrc.org   
  • Mail: ATTN: VISION 2050 SEIS Comment, PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Fax: ATTN: VISION 2050 SEIS Comment, 206-587-4825
  • Hardcopy letter or comment form at SEIS open houses (see open house information below)
  • April 4 Growth Management Policy Board Meeting, 10 a.m. at PSRC
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More Information

Attend an Open House!

For more information, attend one of the five SEIS open houses being held around the region during March 2019:

  • March 12: Edmonds City Hall, 4-6 pm, 121 5th Avenue N, Edmonds
  • March 13: South Tacoma Public Library, 4-6 pm, 3411 S 56th Street, Tacoma
  • March 18: Bothell Police Community Room, 4-6 pm, 18410 101st Avenue NE, Bothell
  • March 19: Bremerton Council Chambers, 4-6 pm, 345 6th St, Bremerton
  • March 21: PSRC, 12-2 pm, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle

Equity

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.

Preferred Alternative Selection Process

After the Draft SEIS public comment period, the Growth Management Policy Board will review comments and define a preferred growth alternative, which may be a hybrid of the alternatives analyzed in the Draft SEIS. The board will use several tools in the selection process:

  • 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

Selection of a preferred growth alternative is expected to take place during spring and the draft VISION 2050 plan is expected in summer 2019.