Using the checklist below, please identify the provisions in the

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Using the checklist below, please identify the provisions in the


    This reporting tool is designed to assist in preparing updates and amendments to countywide planning policies. In the first space below, please provide a brief description of what materials are being submitted. Then proceed with completing the two parts of the reporting tool itself:

    Part I - Checklist: This lists out key provisions that should be addressed in countywide

    planning policies.

    Part II- Submittal Form Questions: Brief responses that explain how the countywide

    planning policies being submitted address VISION 2040.

    Email the completed reporting tool and a copy of the updated countywide planning policies or amendments for review to: Rocky at rpiro@prsc.or or Jeff Storrar at


    Explain the nature of the countywide planning materials being submitted for review, including the date adopted. For example, is this a full update or a set of amendments?


    Using this checklist below, please indicate the VISION 2040 provisions that the countywide planning policies address. If there are certain VISION 2040 issues that are not addressed in the countywide planning policies, please provide an explanation of these in PART II of the reporting tool (questions).


    VISION 2040 Statement

    ; A VISION 2040 statement of how the countywide planning policies address the multicounty planning policies is included.

    General Multicounty Planning Policies

    ; Address joint planning and coordination among jurisdictions and agencies, including tribes. (MPP-G-1)

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    The Environment


    ; Provide guidance for addressing the natural environment in planning both at the countywide

    and local level, basing decision-making on the environmental best-information available;

    address environmental issues comprehensively, that is, by considering the entire natural

    1system and how it functions. (MPP-En-1 through 7)

    Earth & Habitat

    ; Provide direction for coordinating jurisdictions’ work to designate and protect critical areas,

    developing common methodologies for assessing habitat needs, and planning for open space

    and greenbelts that cross jurisdictional boundaries. (MPP-En-8 through 12; EN-Action-8 and 9)

    Water Quality

    ; Provide direction for developing standards and targets to monitor waterways. (MPP-En-13

     through 16; En-Action-10)

    Air Quality

    ; Provide guidance for local air quality planning efforts appropriate to each county.

    (MPP-En-17 through 19)

    Climate Change

    ; Provide direction for programs and strategies to address reducing greenhouse gas emissions,

    adapting to the effects from climate change, and addressing interjurisdictional issues relating

    to greenhouse gas emissions. (MPP-En-20 through 25)

    Development Patterns


    ; Address the regional framework for designating and adjusting the urban growth area.

    (MPP-DP-1 and 2)

    ; Provide direction for setting local jurisdiction residential and employment targets in a

    manner that supports the adopted Regional Growth Strategy. (MPP-DP-3 and 4)

    ; Develop programs and strategies for polluted or contaminated site clean-up, as well as

    redevelopable sites. (DP-Action-14)

    1 A ―Systems Approach‖ to Environmental Planning considers planning issues in all their complexities and seeks to address interrelationships between various natural functions and systems. For more information see VISION 2040

    section on Environmental Stewardship.

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    ; Address the common framework for establishing subregional centers to ensure regionwide

    compatibility. (MPP-DP-5 through 13; DP-Action- 5)

    ; Ensure that infrastructure and economic development funding efforts prioritize projects and

    services in centers. (MPP-DP-7, 10, 13;MPP-Ec-18; MPP-T-12; MPP-H- 6)

    Unincorporated Urban Areas

    ; Provide direction for joint planning in unincorporated urban growth areas, including

    coordinating the provision of services, establishing development standards for urban

    unincorporated areas that are consistent with those of adjacent cities, and affiliating

    unincorporated urban areas with cities with a view toward annexation. (DP-Action-15)


    ; Minimize negative environmental impacts to rural lands, address appropriate character and

    location of development in rural areas, and develop tools and strategies to permanently

    protect rural and resource lands. (MPP-DP-21 through 28)

    ; Address that facilities that primarily support urban residents should not be located in the

    rural area, including urban-sized schools and other facilities.

    (MPP-T-28; MPP-PS-21 through 24)

    Resource Lands

    ; Include provisions to ensure the long-term integrity and productivity of resource lands

    including farms, forests, and mineral lands. (MPP-DP-29 through 32)

    Development Patterns Orderly Development

    Regional Design

    ; Provide guidance for preserving significant historic, visual, and cultural resources, advancing

    the use of environmentally friendly (i.e., green) design guidelines, and using natural features

    for determining corridors and siting facilities. (MPP-DP-33 through 42)

    Health and Active Living

    ; Incorporate health considerations into countywide decision-making. (MPP-DP- 44)

    ; Provide guidance for planning that addresses the three major themes of (1) healthy

    environment, (2) physical activity and well-being, and (3) safety. (MPP-DP-43 through 47)

    ; Promote local food production within the region. (MPP-DP-47)

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    ; Provide direction for increasing housing production opportunities, including diverse types

    and styles, for all segments of the population, including affordable housing and housing in

    centers. (MPP-H-1 through 9)

    ; Provide direction for addressing jobs-housing balance to provide a range of housing choices

    in a manner that promotes accessibility to employment.(MPP-H-4; MPP-Ec-20)

    Economic Development

    ; Advance programs for promoting investments in communities. (Ec-Action-5)

    ; Address planning for industry clusters. (MPP-Ec-3)

    ; Promote environmental and socially responsible business practices (MPP-Ec-7, 15)

    ; Ensure jobs/housing balances consistent with the VISION 2040 Regional Growth Strategy


    ; Focus employment growth into regional and local centers; ensure that employment in and

    adjacent to resource lands is at a compatible size and in compatible occupations with natural

    resource functions and character (MPP-Ec-21, 22)

    Public Services

    ; Advance conservation principles for the provision of services, such as waste management, energy, and water supply (reuse, recycle, renew). (MPP-PS-3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 19)

    ; Address the need to locate facilities serving urban populations within the urban growth area;

    urban services should not be located in rural areas facilities in rural area are rural in

    character. (MPP-PS-4 and 5, 21 through 24)

    ; Provide guidance for the review of special district plans for consistency with local

    comprehensive plans and VISION 2040, and for the review of special district criteria for

    location and design of schools and other public facilities.

    (PS-Action-5, PS-Action 6, PS-Action- 7)

    ; Develop strategies to reduce the number of special districts. (MPP-PS-6)

    ; Include strategies to promote renewable energy and alternative energy sources.

    (MPP-PS-12, 13; MPP-En-21 through 23; MPP-T- 6)

    ; Include strategies to address long-term water supply needs.

    (MPP-PS-17 through 20; MPP-En-25)

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    Transportation 2040 and Transportation

    Maintenance, Management and Safety including Demand Management

    ; Address the development of a clean transportation system, including changes in fuels,

    technologies, and how we travel. (MPP-T-5 through 7)

    ; Provide direction for identifying reliable and predictable revenues for system maintenance

    and preservation. (MPP-G-4, 5; MPP-T-2, 3, 33)

    ; Provide direction for improved operations, system management, and demand management.

     (MPP-T-1 through 3; 23 through 25)

    ; Identify cooperative transportation strategies related to security and emergency responses.


    Supporting the Growth Strategy

    ; Prioritize investments that serve centers. (MPP-DP-7, 10, 13;MPP-Ec-18; MPP-T-12; MPP-H- 6)

    ; Promote development of full standards for streets and urban roadways (i.e., ―complete

    streets‖) and transportation facility design that fits in the local community (i.e., context-

    sensitive facility design).(MPP-T-14 through 16; 20 through 22)

    ; Promote joint and mixed use development, and urban design that is pedestrian-friendly and

    transit-oriented. (MPP-T-10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 21 see also Transportation 2040 Physical Design


    Greater Options and Mobility including Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning

    ; Provide direction for alternatives to driving alone and reduction of vehicle miles traveled.

    (MPP-T-23 through 25)

    ; Coordinate planning for rail, including commuter rail and high capacity transit.

    (MPP-T-27, 29, 30, 32)

    ; Address transportation financing methods that sustain maintenance, preservation, and

    operations of facilities. (MPP-T-33)

    Investments and Finance

    ; Provide guidance for prioritizing transportation investments at the countywide and local

    level on centers (MPP-T-12, MPP-DP-7, 10, 13 see also Transportation 2040 Investment Strategy

     and Finance Section)

    ; Provide guidance for maintenance and optimizing the use of the existing transportation

    system. (MPP-T-2, 3, 26; MPP-G-4, 5 see also Transportation 2040 Investment Strategy and Finance


    ; Provide guidance for analyzing funding capabilities, crafting multiyear financing plans, and

    addressing possible funding shortfalls. RCW 36.70A.070(6)(a)(iv)

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    Linking Land Use and Transportation

    ; Provide additional detail for addressing the ten Transportation 2040 physical design

    guidelines in centers and compact urban communities (Transportation 2040 Physical Design


    ; Provide additional guidance for using land use practices and tools that help reduce driving

    alone including walking, biking, and using transit. (Transportation 2040 )

    Service & Facility Needs including Level-of-Service Standards & Concurrency

    ; Provide jurisdictions and agencies with guidance for more compatible approaches in crafting

    needs assessments and for infrastructure decision-making processes. RCW 36.70A.070(6)(a)(iii)

    ; Provide jurisdictions and agencies with guidance for establishing level-of service standards

    that are more compatible, especially standards for facilities that cross jurisdictional borders;

    provide guidance for addressing transit service standards, and standards for other modes of

    travel. (see also MPP-DP-54 through 56)

    Intergovernmental Coordination

    ; Provide guidance for addressing coordination and joint planning for transportation facilities

    and services. RCW 36.70A.070(6)(a)(v) see also MPP-T-9, 10; MPP-G -1

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    In the spaces provided below, please describe provisions in the countywide planning policies with brief summaries. (You may supplement your summary descriptions with citations or references to specific policies.) If there are certain VISION 2040 issues that are not addressed in the countywide planning policies, please explain why.

    Note: For a full update to the countywide planning policies, please fill out each section. For amendments, only complete those fields which relate to topics addressed in the amendments.


    The Environment

    (MPP-EN-1 through 25; MPP-DP-29 through 32, 43 through 47; MPP-PS-1, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24)

    Explain how the policies address the environment and promotes sustainability. At a minimum please discuss the following:

    ; Using a systems approach to planning for and restoring the environment

    ; Air quality and climate (including clean transportation and reduced greenhouse gas


    ; Water quality

    ; Efficient use of services and resources (including conserving water and energy, reducing

    waste, protecting resource lands)

    ; Human health and well-being


Development Patterns & Housing

    (MPP-G-4, 5; MPP-DP-1 through 28, 33 through 42, 48 through 56; MPP-H-1 through 9; MPP-PS-2, 4, 5, 21

     through 24)

    Explain how the policies take steps to guide residential and job growth. At a minimum, please discuss

    the following:


    ; Planning targets that align with VISION

    Development Patterns

    ; Promoting centers and compact urban development (including density, redevelopment and

    infill, design)

    ; Planning for unincorporated urban growth areas (and annexation

    ; Rural development and rural character


    ; Guidance to stimulate housing production (to meet the needs of all income levels and

    demographic groups)


    ; Adequate infrastructure and financing to serve existing communities and future development

    (including amenities)

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    (MPP-G-4, 5; MPP-EN-7, 19, 23; MPP-DP-7, 10, 13, 17, 27, 40, 42, 43, 54 through 56, MPP-H-6; MPP-EC-6;

     MPP-T-1 through 33)

    Explain how the policies address the following provisions from VISION 2040 and Transportation 2040 the region’s long-range transportation plan:

    ; Clean transportation

    ; Maintenance and safety

    ; Demand management

    ; Serving centers and compact communities

    ; Design of transportation facilities to fit the communities in which they are located (―Context-

    sensitive design‖)

    ; Greater options and mobility, including bicycle and pedestrian planning

    ; Transportation financing


VISION 2040 Actions

    Describe work underway or proposed to address the following VISION 2040 implementation actions:

    ; Critical areas coordination (En-Action-8)

    ; Habitat assessment (En-Action-9)

    ; Water quality standards and targets (En-Action-10)

    ; Brownfield clean-up (DP-Action-14)

    ; Coordinated planning in unincorporated areas (DP-Action-15)


Other Topics

    Explain any other provisions in the countywide planning policies of regional interest or significance,

    as well as any unique topics or issues.


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