Late last month, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board certified a subarea plan drafted jointly by the cities of Sumner and Pacific, in order to support industrial growth and manufacturing jobs in the region.
The certification is the final step toward full designation of the Sumner-Pacific Manufacturing Industrial Center, which the PSRC provisionally approved in 2016.
Fully designated growth centers and manufacturing industrial centers receive priority for the PSRC’s federal transportation funding.
Home to an REI Distribution Center, Amazon, Brooks Sports, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Pacific Northwest Baking Company, the industrial center sits on 2,160 acres — 90 percent of which is in Sumner and 10 percent of which is in Pacific.
According to a statement released by the PSRC, “Manufacturing industrial centers are places that are expected to accommodate a significant share of regional employment growth, support the industrial and manufacturing sectors of the region’s economy, and promote efficient use of land and provision of infrastructure.”
The recently approved subarea plan also includes support for restoring the White River floodplain to save natural habitat and reduce flooding.