Growth board highlights role of military installations in regional planning

Board will take more time to review options

The Growth Management Policy Board discussed options for recognizing the important role of military installations in the region and how they related to regional growth centers, as part of an extended work session on May 4.

Military installations have a big impact in the region.  The military is the largest employer in Kitsap and Pierce counties and generates $13 billion annually in combined economic output in the region.

Councilmember Derek Young, Pierce County, presented an option that would recognize major military bases in VISION 2040 as a distinct regional designation called Major Military Installations.  These would include JBLM in Pierce County, Naval Base Kitsap– Bangor and Naval Base Kitsap–Bremerton in Kitsap County, and Naval Station Everett in Snohomish County.

Other options under consideration are to designate military installations as countywide centers and/or to include employment at military installations as part of the total employment numbers for an adjacent regional growth center.

You can watch the discussion on the online meeting video.

The focus on military installations came as policy makers started to chew on options under consideration to evaluate and update the regional centers framework in the VISION 2040 growth strategy.

Over the summer, the growth board will have additional work sessions focused on the centers framework.  In June, the board will focus on manufacturing/industrial centers and PSRC’s funding process.

The current schedule suggests the growth board could make a recommendation in late fall, but the schedule may be adjusted as needed to ensure that there is enough time for developing a recommendation.

Schedule of Centers Framework graphic