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)

    Puget Sound Regional CouncilCountywide Planning Policies Reporting Tool 1


    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.

    Puget Sound Regional CouncilCountywide Planning Policies Reporting Tool 2



    ; 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)

    Puget Sound Regional CouncilCountywide Planning Policies Reporting Tool 3



    ; 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)