The Mountlake Terrace City Council at its Aug. 6 meeting appointed Councilmember Kyoko Matsumoto Wright to the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Growing Transit Communities Oversight Committee. The appointment fills the vacancy left by former Councilmember Michelle Robles.
Matsumoto Wright has served on the Council since January 2008 and previously served on the Planning Commission since 2002.
“Growing Transit Communities” is a regional program funded under a three-year federal “sustainable communities” grant to the PSRC. Mountlake Terrace participates in it under a memorandum of understanding approved by the City Council in 2011.
The program is designed to help make the most of the Puget Sound region’s anticipated transit investments—especially around light rail stations. It focuses on what will be needed to achieve healthy, transit-oriented development with better travel options, job opportunities, and affordable housing.
A major product will be “Corridor Action Strategies.” One of these will be the North Corridor Action Strategy, which includes Mountlake Terrace. In addition, funding and technical tools will be recommended to increase the supply of good-quality housing for all income levels and needs. Two “catalyst projects” (one in Seattle and one in Tacoma) are being studied as well. Finally, a comprehensive data-based computer visioning tool called “Decision Commons” is being demonstrated as a future way to help communities better understand development options.