Comment on PSRC Draft Vision 2050

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking comment on its VISION 2050. Comments will be accepted through Monday, September 16, using this comment form.

Your comment could be something like: “I am concerned about adding 25,000 new residents to rural areas of Snohomish County by 2050. I do not believe the region has the resources to provide the necessary public facilities, including transportation, to these areas. The increased growth in rural areas will also increase greenhouse gas pollution, reduce in-stream flows, increase water pollution, and adversely impact fish and wildlife habitats.”

Rapid growth has affected housing affordability, cost of living, transportation, and the environment in Snohomish County. Vision 2050 recommends growth along major transit centers. But the plan also supports population growth of 25,000 in rural areas. It predicts 4,000 jobs in rural areas with no proposed transit.

Tim Trohinlovch, Futurewise Director of Planning and Law, has said, “We also support the transit-focused growth alternative, so in that regard our policy position is similar to the Snohomish County’s. However we do not support the county’s suggestion to increase the growth allocations to the rural areas and unincorporated urban growth areas. We do not believe the region has the re¬≠sources to provide the necessary public facilities, including transportation facilities, to these areas. The increased growth in rural areas and unincorporated urban growth areas will also increase greenhouse gas pollution, reduce in-stream flows, increase water pollution, and adversely impact fish and wildlife habitats. We are working with our allies to discourage the increased growth targets to rural areas and unincorporated urban growth areas region-wide.”

Kristin Kelly has said, “I think Futurewise is correct and the more support they have the better…there is way too much growth in rural area which has already impacted transportation and the environment. It’s way past time we stopped sprawl and focus on current cities and transit centers and corridors.”

You can read and download the plan at www.psrc.org/vision

Kate Lunceford, LWVSC Action Chair