Growth plans must be aligned with market realities
Current methods for incorporating growth in the region may need to be reexamined, suggested leaders from three real estate organizations.
"Our regional planning efforts ignore the fact that the market sill demands additional construction of a variety of housing types, from dense mixed-use developments to single-family homes," agreed Shannon Affholter, Russ Hokanson and Peter Orser. In a guest opinion piece published by The Seattle Times, the trio said the Puget Sound Regional Council's recent rejection of five cities' comprehensive pans "on the premise they are accepting too many residents suggest we may need a reality check on how our region manages growth."
In the guest commentary, the co-authors raised several questions about the planning process, and whether the original purpose of Washington's Growth Management Act is working as intended.
Affholter is executive director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Hokanson is CEO of Seattle King County REALTORS®, and Orser is the director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington.