Please take a few minutes to send an email that can help the Southern resident orcas for the next 12 years. The Southern Resident Orca Task Force’s Final Report and Recommendations calls for Washington to “increase affordable housing and reduce urban sprawl by growing ‘up instead of out.’” This is one of the actions the Task Force concluded was necessary to help save the orcas that live in Puget Sound.
Every 12 years the Puget Sound Regional Council updates the long-range plan for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The Puget Sound Regional Council is made up of county and city elected officials from the four counties. The newest long-range plan, Vision 2050, is scheduled for adoption in May 2020. County and city plans must be consistent with Vision 2050, so this is a plan that matters.
The draft version of Vision 2050 focuses growth in existing cities and towns, like the recommendations of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force. Unfortunately, Snohomish County is proposing to amend Vision 2050 to double the population allocation for rural Snohomish County from three to six percent. This is growing out, not up and will hammer Chinook habitat, the main food source for the Southern resident orcas. It will also increase traffic and greenhouse gas pollution.
Send a letter to: Sheila Rogers, Executive Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-464-5815.
“Dear Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board:
I oppose Amendment Ex-1 of the PSRC Vision 2050. The proposed amendment reduces the population allocations for Core Cities and Cities and Towns and doubles the population allocation for Rural Snohomish County. Amendment Ex-1 will cause Snohomish County to plan to grow out, not up. This will harm the habitat of the Chinook salmon by reducing forest cover and paving over more of rural Snohomish County. Ex-1 will also increase traffic and air pollution and adversely impact rural farms. The GMA was passed to stop repeating past mistakes in the future. There are better solutions to the existing pre-GMA lots in rural areas and on natural resource lands. The Southern Resident Orca Task Force’s Final Report and Recommendations calls for Washington to “increase affordable housing and reduce urban sprawl by growing ‘up instead of out.’” This is one of the actions the Task Force concluded was necessary to help save the orcas that live in Puget Sound.
I urge you to deny Amendment Ex-1 and other efforts to increase growth in the rural areas of our region.