Vision 2044: Help plan for the next 20 years in MLT


CJ Rench’s wildflower display installed in the Jerry Smith Plaza, next to Mountlake Terrace City Hall.

The City of Mountlake Terrace has kicked off Vision 2044, an update to the Comprehensive Plan. A new survey seeks the public’s input for this process.

The Comprehensive Plan is the city’s 20-year policy manual that guides key decision-making by staff and the City Council on matters related to growth, land use, housing, economic development, transportation, facilities, and environment, just to name a few. As mandated by the state Growth Management Act, jurisdictions are required to update Comprehensive Plans every 10 years. Mountlake Terrace’s last major update was in 2015.

Those who live, work or recreate in the city, and those who conduct business here, have an opportunity to weigh in through the Community Visioning Survey, which can be accessed on the Vision 2044 webpage:

The survey is one of many ways to get involved. The city is also actively recruiting for community members to be a part of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group, which will be appointed by the City Council.

This group will review proposals and provide feedback as the Comprehensive Plan develops. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, contact Jonathan Morales, Senior Planner, at 425-744-6271,

The deadline to express interest in serving on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group is Friday, Aug. 11.

  1. Vision 2044:

    Synchronized traffic lights by the transit center on 236th.

    A United States Post Office.

    A pedestrian/bicycle bridge at 228th between 50th & 53rd.

    1. Dale – I’m confused by your last point. The coordinates make it sound like it’s going up the hill from the middle of Candy Cane Park to the rec center. I agree that the switchback trail needs work but i can’t imagine how a bridge would fit in that space.

      1. The bridge would be from 50th to 53rd, 800 feet long, in line with 228th. There could be state and federal grants available. But it all starts with a line on a map of transportation plan and Comp plan.

        1. Dale, you said the same thing you said before and it still makes no sense. That area you describe is the hill between Lyin Creek and the rec center. It’s a gap of about 1000 feet and climbs 100 feet in elevation. To make that bike accessible would essentially float a bridge mid air through the entire park. It would completely change the nature of that area. While I agree that the ramp up to the rec center needs improvement, a bridge seems contrary to setting.

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