Burien Town Square Wins Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2040 Award


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Here’s some good news for Burien’s troubled Town Square – the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has awarded it with one of its prestigious “VISION 2040” Awards for 2010, which will be presented during an awards dinner on Thursday, May 20th.

The VISION 2040 Awards are given out annually by the PSRC to projects, plans and programs that are “helping to implement the region’s growth strategy.”

“Burien Town Square was selected because it is a successful comprehensive effort to provide excellent city services in one community gathering place,” the PSRC said in a statement. “The committee was also impressed with the street improvements and pedestrian promenade that supports the development.”

So, despite being mired in financial difficulties and angering local retailers (read our recent coverage here, here and here), Town Square has received some serious love from the PSRC.

This year PSRC received 24 nominations, and 5 winners were selected; aside from Burien Town Square, other include:

  • Bel-Red Corridor Plan – a 900 acre environmentally friendly redevelopment in preparation for east Link.
  • Orting Valley Farm – an innovative preservation project to create three organic family farms in Pierce County.
  • Poulsbo Comprehensive Plan – will accommodate growth while retaining the city’s unique character.
  • Swift Bus Rapid Transit – the region’s first bus rapid transit line and the longest in the nation.  Swift offers fast and frequent service connecting Everett to Shoreline.

The PSRC says on its website:

VISION 2040 is a regional strategy for accommodating the additional 1.7 million people and 1.2 million new jobs expected to be in the Puget Sound region by the year 2040. Each year the PSRC honors outstanding real-life examples of how the region is achieving our ambitious vision for growing wisely and creating great quality of life. The awards are designed to recognize the superb work being done by public and private organizations to achieve the regional growth, economic, and transportation strategy.

The VISION 2040 Awards are given out annually by the Puget Sound Regional Council to projects, plans and programs that are helping to implement the region’s growth strategy VISION 2040. This year PSRC received 24 nominations, and 5 winners were selected including Burien Town Square. PSRC calls for nominations in the fall and in the spring two committees meet to select the projects, one is a 4 person staff committee to provide input and the other is composed of PSRC Board members, who actually make the call as to who wins. This year that committee was chaired by Councilmember Kim Brackett of Bainbridge Island. Burien Town Square was selected because it is a successful comprehensive effort to provide excellent city services in one community gathering place. The committee was also impressed with the street improvements and pedestrian promenade that supports the development.

The General Assembly of the Puget Sound Regional Council includes elected representation from all 84 members of the PSRC, including counties, cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and Tribal Governments. The Assembly meets at least annually to vote on key issues regarding the PSRC work program and its leadership.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, economic development and transportation planning in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 county, city, port, transit, tribal and state agencies serving the region. It coordinates the distribution of about $160 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds each year. PSRC sets priorities and evaluates the most efficient ways to target those funds to support state and local transportation and growth management plans.

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3 Responses to “Burien Town Square Wins Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2040 Award”
  1. Erik says:

    Maybe they will sell a few of the units by 2040.

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  2. Coverofnight says:

    What the……..Vision 20 – FORTY ?! All those people on the selection committee won’t even be ALIVE at that time! Amazing how these public agencies can plan for 30 years from now but they can’t even get things until control just 30 days from now. Would be interesting though, to see if anyone’s vision for the region in 1980 came anywhere close to what the reality is today.

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