Growth planning stays true to region’s values

Since the passage of the Growth Management Act in 1990, the region has added more than a million people.

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Even with a growing population, data shows that in recent decades most rural lands have stayed rural while more people are choosing urban communities as places to live and work.

These outcomes are due in large part to careful planning by cities and counties that is helping the region grow in ways that sustain a strong economy and healthy environment.

Now, about 95% of new housing is being built in cities and urban areas, up from 72% in 1991.

A key part of the region’s VISION 2040 strategy is to focus new growth in designated regional centers. Today these centers have some of the strongest housing growth in the region.

Recent rapid growth in the region has highlighted the need for continued smart planning going forward.

An op-ed by Forterra’s Gene Duvernoy offers one perspective:  “Our region is uncommonly beautiful and people want it to stay that way.”

Cities and counties are now finalizing updates to their local comprehensive plans, planning ahead for the next two decades.

Today the Growth Management Policy Board recommended certification of nine comprehensive plans -- for Everett, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Monroe, Seattle, Snohomish County, Tacoma, University Place and Woodinville. You can find the presentation here.

The board found that the plans meet the requirements of the Growth Management Act and are consistent with the VISION 2040 regional growth strategy and the region's transportation plan.

For more on growth management, check out King County’s great video celebrating the 25th anniversary of the GMA.