PSRC seeking public comment on draft centers proposal

Comment though November 8, 2017

The Growth Management Policy Board is seeking public input on a draft centers framework proposal. The public comment period will run from Tuesday, October 10, 2017 through Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5 pm.

Regional and local centers are the cornerstone of the region’s long-term plan for growth in VISION 2040. The centers framework aims to define the types of central places within the region—both larger and smaller—that are the focus of growth, planning, and investment.

The draft centers framework proposal describes potential updates to plans, policies, and procedures to support different scales of mixed use and industrial centers in the region. The draft proposal includes minimum criteria and expectations for regionally-designated mixed use and industrial centers, recommends a role of military installations in the regional plan, and provides guidance for designation of countywide centers in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

In addition to general comments on the draft proposal, the Growth Management Policy Board is particularly interested in feedback on several topics to inform their recommendation:

  • Performance expectations for centers that are already designated but may not meet the minimum criteria
  • Proposed timeline for jurisdictions to complete center subarea plans
  • Minimum standards for countywide centers
  • The desired mix of uses in regional and countywide centers

The Growth Management Policy Board will review comments on the draft proposal prior to making a recommendation to PSRC’s Executive Board. 

The draft centers framework proposal is available for review on the project webpage, along with other project resources. 

How to Comment:

  • E-mail: CentersComment@psrc.org
  • U.S. Mail: ATTN: Centers Framework Comment, PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104-1035
  • In Person: Growth Management Policy Board meeting, 10:00 a.m. on November 2 at PSRC, 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500, in Seattle.
  • Fax: ATTN: Centers Framework Comment, 206-587-4825

VISION 2040 is the region's growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region - promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

 

Comments

Dear PSRC,

I would like to ask that you please consider the inclusion of Ballard as a metro growth center, Lake City as an urban growth center, and upgrade the UDistrict to a metro growth center for the following reasons.

Sound Transit is currently heavily investing in the Ballard-Downtown corridor, and has plans to study/implement HCT on the Ballard-UW corridor as well. PSRC funding would be fantastic in advancing this goal. Additionally, Ballard is still far from the maximum size of a growth region last I heard. A little change of the boundaries can easily incorporate enough jobs to put it over the threshold. Finally, as Ballard fills out, it'd be a real shame for us to be avoiding denser mix use development here, especially with the LRT coming soon. Additional investment here could benefit this region immensely.

Lake City also has excellent connectivity to other parts of the region with good bus connections, and a quick bus to Northgate, where residents and employees can board the light rail. There are many lots still perfect for denser development, and there is currently a developing denser culture around the place. I believe Lake City is a real up and coming locale, and with additional transit, public/private investment, and time, the neighborhood will become a flourishing location perfect for HCT, density, etc.

Finally, the University District has just had its first 240ft high rise tower complete its EDG a couple days ago. It's a sign of what's to come, in that this region, with its HCT, density, and proximity to the institution of the University of Washington will attract business, developers, and residents abound. It's time to place more focus on this neighborhood, as I am sure it will become a hotspot for economic development in the future.

I hope you can strongly consider the points I have delineated above. Each region is working very hard to accommodate the sudden influx of people our Puget Sound region is experiencing, by advancing Vision Zero goals, building transit, or adding density. With proper investment, I'm sure the Puget Sound Region can sustainably grow into the future!

Andrew Sang