July 2, 2021

Planning for the Future: Assessing the Legacy of the Growth Management Act and Potential Policy Alternatives in the Puget Sound Region

Student Consulting Lab Partner: Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) is the state agency formed to support the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. This capstone analyzed how the Washington Growth Management Act and mandated comprehensive planning have shaped the Puget Sound region since their passage and how they address environmental justice, include federally recognized tribes in decision-making, and advance ecosystem priorities. The findings and recommendations presented in this report will further develop approaches to managing growth that minimize negative ecosystem impacts and enhance restoration objectives, while also advancing environmental justice and tribal collaboration.