Category Archives: Puget Sound Regional Council

Puget Sound Regional Council Rolls out Vision 2050 Draft for Public Review

Share your values about the Puget Sound region and give input on future growth strategies at a Kitsap workshop and open house Aug. 15 in Port Orchard.

By 2050, the central Puget Sound region will be home to nearly 6 million people – a 40 percent jump from today. The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050 is the guide for how this growth can support thriving communities, a strong economy, and healthy environment. Input from Kitsap County citizens is sought during a facilitated workshop 3 to 5 p.m. and drop-in open house 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Kitsap County Commissioners Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

The workshop includes a brief overview of VISION 2050 and small group facilitated discussions focused on key policy areas. The open house follows with PSRC staff giving a brief presentation on the draft from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. with the remaining time open for questions and reviewing key components at your own pace. Continue reading

PSRC Vision 2050 Draft Overview

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.

Read the Introduction

Download the Draft PSRC Vision for 2050 Document

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Public Listening Session Feb. 27 on Puget Sound Regional growth strategies, impacts, actions

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public input on the scope for the VISION 2050 plan and State Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis. A listening session is scheduled in Kitsap County from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton. Other sessions will be held this month in Seattle, Fife and Lynwood. The plan scoping notice is available online for review and public comment is open through March 19, 2018.

What important regional issues should be the focus of the update?

  • How should the region’s growth strategy be updated to plan for 2050?
  • What impacts and actions should be evaluated through environmental review?

Input from communities, along with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups around Public Sound, will help shape the plan. PSRC’s Growth Management Policy Board will review comments submitted and is expected to adopt a project scope in spring 2018.

“This is an important first step in the update of a document that has the potential to shape Kitsap County’s future,” said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. “I would encourage residents to learn more and add their voice.”

The region is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by 2050. VISION 2050 will build on the region’s existing plan to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify the challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

VISION helps coordinate local growth and transportation plans developed by cities and counties to ensure consistency with the Growth Management Act and regional transportation plans. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a sustainable region – promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within Kitsap, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The council is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

More information on the plan update is available on the project website, by e-mail at or call (206)464-7090. Comments  may also be submitted to Erika Harris at; mailed to ATTN: VISION 2050 Comment, 1011 Western Ave., Ste. 500, Seattle, WA 98104; faxed to (206)587-4825; or in person at one of the scheduled Listening Sessions or the March 1 PSRC Growth Management Policy Board meeting.

Will Washington Rein In Rule-makers?


Finding the right balance between delegation and transparency will be key to any reforms Washington lawmakers advance for rule-making procedures in the state. Photo:

Lawmakers come and go, but unelected rule-makers are forever. Or so it seems. Decisions and actions of agencies and regulatory bodies in Washington state often occur far from public view, and insulated from challenge. Yet they can have far-reaching impacts on the state’s economy, and public trust.


Targeted statehouse solutions may be bubbling up on some fronts, such as GMA reform, or a suggested legislative compromise on the carbon cap. However, broader concerns about the rule-making process are also mounting, and a legislative course correction may be in the offing. Continue reading

Planning Commission Reasonable Measures Markup

This is the red line version of the Kitsap County Reasonable Measures appendix to the Buildable Lands Report. It includes the Planning Commission markup and the staff proposed language.  2016_08_15 Reasonable Measures Deliberations

Opinion: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Vision 2040

Have you ever seen the 1988 movie “The Truman Show”?   Jim Carrey plays a hapless fellow who has been beguiled all of his life into believing he lives in a perfect world.  Every detail of Truman’s life and every move Truman makes is captured by hidden cameras.  Christof (Ed Harris), the creator of Truman’s make-believe perfect world can whip up a thunderstorm or a full moon on command. . It’s as though it was taken from Puget Sound  Regional  Council   (PSRC) playbook  “Vision 2040”.

Vision 2040 is the foundation of Kitsap County’s  2016  Comprehensive Plan. Vision 2040 is a dream developed by planners who really  believe they know what is best for us. They operate from a building on Western Ave in Seattle with about 60 employees and a biennial budget of  $30,400,000.00. (taxpayers’ money).

Vision 2040 is not just some “feel good about the environment” thing. It is a serious set of regulations and  laws  that will control people’s lives getting them out of their cars, packing  people into urban centers, limiting their choices, developing food policies and agriculture practices for  healthy communities. Obesity, you know.

I  have  attended  many PSRC meetings in Seattle. I’ve made many appeals to our local government , county commissioners, mayors and  city council members. Just telling them what I think and what my concerns are; i.e. how can every motion  pass unanimously?

The manipulator  of Kitsap County and our cities is the great and powerful PSRC. From there  they pull the strings that manipulate governments and citizens of the four county region- Kitsap, Pierce, King and Snohomish and all their cities. Their plans cover everything – from cradle to grave .

Why are our local elected officials so eager to give up control of our government to a so-called planning body steeped in Seattle urbanized madness?  They did Monday night; June 27th. .. County Commissioners Rob Gellner, Ed Wolfe and Charlotte Garrido adopted the Comprehensive Plan, without any regard that they had just turned over to another body Kitsap County’s autotomy along with my vote and influence and your vote and influence to another organization in which Kitsap County has 33.4%  influence  and Seattle has 262% ( formally known as “weighted votes”)

Hundreds of millions of state and federal  tax dollars are sent through PSRC every year  to be awarded  to local  jurisdictions through a selection process. PSRC recently announced  they are expecting $456,000,000 federal funds to be divvied up among  local transit agencies.

The county commissioners have done a pitiful job of keeping citizens informed that they are about to inflict the most draconian  regulations on our way of  life and the use of our property in the history of Kitsap County. We will find out about it when we apply for a permit!

This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It’s about your pocketbook and whether or not you’re going to allow a bunch of bureaucrats run your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren.

This is an election year.  Use your vote wisely. It’s all you’ve got.

Vivian Henderson

Opinion: PSRC pushes out local representation

I would like to thank Larry Croix for his letter in Kitsap Sun (“Vote for local control in government,” Oct. 2) urging voters to carefully consider their choices when casting their vote.

Mr. Croix is very concerned about the unprecedented power our state and federal governments are amassing. So am I. Even worse, it is the bureaucrats — particularly the Department of Ecology — that are wielding the power they constitutionally do not have. It is very demoralizing to watch our county commissioners (and other elected officials) kowtowing to a 32-year-old from Ecology who is no more than an employee.

The point must be made as clear as possible. It is the responsibility of each citizen to take heed, verify the information available to you and use your influence and clout as a voter and taxpayer while you still have it. Plainly put, local elected officials in Kitsap County have been gradually allowing the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), headquartered in Seattle, to usurp the political power we, as voters, have given them.

This is an issue that rises above property rights, or liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. This is an issue of whether Kitsap County and its cities want to continue to be governed by those we elect here locally. Do we want to turn our autonomy over to a regional body out of Seattle? Kitsap County has 3 percent standing in PSRC decision making. King County has 57 percent.
Think about it. Learn more at

Vivian Henderson
Port Orchard

Opinion: Don’t give away our local control

If refunding $300,000.00 to the feds will save our citizens’ waterfront homes where do I send a check? (“Trail runs low on viable options,” Aug. 14) I can’t write a check for $300,000, but I can send $25 or $5 or $10 or just a dollar if that’s all I’ve got. I’m sure our citizens would chip in too. Let’s send a message to the feds and state bureaucrats and the Puget Sound Regional Council that they better not mess with Port Orchard. And send a message to our local “no guts” elected officials that they better start doing their job.

In my view local elected officials are citizens’ first line of defense against a too powerful federal and state government and other intruders such as the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). The PSRC has been doing the planning for all four cities and Kitsap County. Located in a building on the fifth floor of a building on Western Ave in Seattle, staff cranks out utopian dreams of how they think people should live. They’ve been working on their “Vision 2040” and companion transportation plan for about a decade. What is this plan that citizens know nothing about? Pack people in high rises — expand up, not out — ride bicycles or walk to work. How are they going to achieve this? Give local officials grant money with strings attached.

Check it out yourself at Our local officials are losing (giving it away) their autonomy and giving away citizens’ clout as voters and taxpayers.

Vivian Henderson
Port Orchard



Vivian Henderson, Port Orchard

County Commissioners on Property Rights: District 1

Commissioner, District 1: Incumbent Gelder and Challenger Tibbs

The candidates agree personal property rights should be protected, but where Tibbs is steadfast in his belief that individual property should remain untouched by government, Gelder says property owners have some responsibility to “give up a certain amount of personal liberties for the sake of the community.”

That doesn’t mean government has carte blanche to do whatever it wants when it comes to zoning or regulation of property, Gelder said. “It is incumbent on us to be cognizant of how our actions as government impact people’s rights,” he said.

Gelder and Tibbs agree there’s room for improvement on the state-mandated Growth Management Act. “There needs to be a process by which people can appeal certain aspects of the comprehensive plan,” Gelder said. “But the way our system is now … the community never has the opportunity to adopt a comprehensive plan and test it and see how it actually works in application. If we’re constantly being sued and stalled, then you never get to put it into practice, and that’s wrong.”

Tibbs says the GMA doesn’t work for Kitsap County. If elected he would lobby Olympia and work with the local delegation to change regulations, he said. “Anytime we focus more on the environment and less on the people, I’m concerned,” Tibbs said.

He questioned the county’s participation with the Puget Sound Regional Council, a regional planning agency composed of elected officials from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. Kitsap’s commissioners give too much latitude to the PSRC and local planning agency the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, he said. “It’s the carrot-stick philosophy,” Tibbs said. “If you want money, conform to what they think regional planning should be. What works in Seattle doesn’t work with Kitsap County.”

Read the full Kitsap Sun Article here





Jul 12: PSRC Growth Management Policy Board meeting

Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board Meeting 10:00 AM July 12, 2012, PSRC Conference Room, 5th Floor, 1011 Western Avenue, Seattle.

Kitsap Property Alliance’s Robert Benze is presenting a paper