Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board is moving into the second phase of a study on the role played by military installations in the area, and how they relate to regional growth centers.

America’s armed services are the largest employer in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, generating $13 billion annually in combined economic output for the region.

The PSRC focus on military installations comes as policy makers start to consider options to evaluate and update the regional centers framework in the VISION 2040 growth strategy.

Pierce County Councilman Derek Young suggested an option that would recognize major military bases as a distinct regional designation called Major Military Installations. These would include JBLM in Pierce County, Naval Base Kitsap– Bangor and Naval Base Kitsap–Bremerton in Kitsap County, and Naval Station Everett in Snohomish County.

Other options under consideration are to designate military installations as countywide centers and/or to include employment from military installations as part of the total employment numbers for an adjacent regional growth center.

Over the summer, the growth board will have additional work sessions focused on the centers framework.  In June, the board will focus on manufacturing/industrial centers and PSRC’s funding process.

You can learn more about PSRC’s process and watch the discussion on an online meeting video.