Introduction & Overview: The Region’s Vision for 2050
The central Puget Sound region provides exceptional quality of life, opportunity for all, connected communities, a spectacular natural environment, and an innovative, thriving economy.
Multicounty Planning Policies
VISION 2050 consists of multicounty planning policies (MPPs) which provide a common framework for local plans, implement the Regional Growth Strategy, and provide the policy structure for other regional plans. The Regional Growth Strategy identifies how and where the region should grow. VISION 2050 actions outline responsibilities and tasks for PSRC, local governments, and others to implement the plan.
VISION 2050 works to…
Provide opportunities for all. VISION 2050 is about the people of the region. However, residents have not benefited equally from recent economic development success, and long-time residents have been displaced by skyrocketing housing costs. VISION 2050 includes policies and actions to address current and past inequities, particularly among communities of color, people with low-incomes, and historically underserved communities, and ensure that all people have access to the resources and opportunities to improve their quality of life.
Increase housing choices and affordability. The region is experiencing a housing affordability crisis that requires coordinated efforts to expand housing options and create greater affordability. Housing affordability was the top concern for residents in a public opinion survey conducted for the plan. VISION 2050’s housing policies respond to changing demographics and the need to diversify the region’s housing supply, and identify coordinated strategies, policies, and actions to ensure that the region’s housing needs are met, and residents can continue to live in their communities.
Sustain a strong economy. VISION 2050 calls for economic growth and opportunity that creates widespread prosperity and living-wage jobs throughout the region. Job creation throughout the region will result in a better balance of jobs and housing. The Regional Growth Strategy encourages more dispersed job growth, especially in Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties, to provide greater access to employment. This growth pattern seeks to ensure that people have the opportunity to work, live, and prosper in each community.
Significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is an urgent environmental, economic, and equity threat being addressed at all levels, from the local to an international scale. The region plays a significant role in this global issue by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and can be a model of a more sustainable urban development. The draft plan states that the region will work with state, regional and local partners to act to reduce emissions and prepare for climate impacts.
Keep the region moving. People want convenient access to jobs, amenities, schools, and open spaces that make the region a great place to live. VISION 2050 lays out a foundation for completing regional transportation investments and future work to strengthen connections to and between our centers. The plan prioritizes transportation funding investments that support regional growth centers and manufacturing/industrial centers.
Restore the health of the Puget Sound. The region has made progress restoring the health of Puget Sound, but significant challenges remain. Orca and salmon populations are struggling and some shellfish are too contaminated to eat, which jeopardizes the environment and jobs. The draft VISION 2050 plan calls for a coordinated approach to watershed planning to restore the health of Puget Sound.
Protect a network of open space. A healthy natural environment is the foundation for the region’s high quality of life and thriving economy. The draft VISION 2050 plan calls for PSRC to work with local governments, resource agencies, and tribes to conserve, restore, and steward the region’s open space and natural environment. Policies and actions call for the region to protect natural areas and enhance the tree canopy through regional, collaborative approaches that leverage local, county, and stakeholder actions.
Grow in centers and near transit. In all parts of the region, growth in more compact, walkable, transit-served locations will help reduce environmental impacts, lessen congestion, and improve health outcomes while creating vibrant, attractive neighborhoods for people to live, work, and play. The draft VISION 2050 growth strategy calls for the region to grow in regional growth centers and near high-capacity transit. Focusing growth in these areas provides people with greater mobility options and increases access to jobs, schools, and services.
Act collaboratively and support local efforts. The central Puget Sound region is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. This fast rate of change and the intent to create a better, more welcoming, healthier region makes working collaboratively imperative. Achieving the aspirations of VISION 2050 cannot be accomplished through individual efforts alone. VISION 2050 calls for coordinated planning between cities, counties, agencies, tribes, and military installations.