Why Update the Town Center Plan?

The region is growing and people want to move to Sumner and the Puget Sound. How does Sumner plan to add more housing, a more diverse variety of housing, and keep its small-town charm at the same time? That’s the question the Town Center Plan update seeks to answer.

February 2018 Open House

From the October 15 Open House feedback, city planners presented two options for the future of the Town Center. Here are the two options:

  • Most flexible zoning lets market determine development
  • Most restrictive in controlling design
  • Adds open space, plazas & gathering areas
  • Greatest choice for housing options not currently in Sumner
  • Streetscapes focus on all modes of transportation, landscaping, pedestrian movement & sense of place
  • Housing ranges from 12-25 dwelling units per acre up to 112 units per acre
  • Height in commercial/mixed-use zone ranges from 4-6 stories depending on location
  • Phase 1 Opportunity Sites: 1,900 housing units; 4,400 population
  • 20-year buildout: 2,900 housing units, 6,500 population

  • Adds open space, plazas & gathering areas
  • Adds more housing options than currently in Sumner, but not as many options as Alternative 1
  • Streetscapes focus on all modes of transportation, landscaping, pedestrian movement & sense of place
  • Housing ranges from 8-10 dwelling units per acre up to 112 units per acre
  • Height in commercial/mixed-use zone ranges from 4-6 stories depending on location
  • Height at Traffic/Fryar/Main limited to 4-5 stories, lower than Alternative 1
  • Height to the southeast limited to 2-3 stories, lower than Alternative 1
  • Phase 1 Opportunity Sites: 1,800 housing units, 4,000 population
  • 20-year buildout: 2,700 housing units, 5,900 population

Inspiration

What if streets were designed so well that they were more than a collection of buildings? Take a look at some concept images of what Sumner could look like in 20 years including redevelopment at the Red Apple site and along the west side of Traffic Avenue.

Feedback

Voting has closed, but the process of discussing the Town Center Plan is still underway. If you’d like to add feedback, email Eric Mendenhall with your thoughts, questions and comments.

October 15 Open House

Thank you to everyone who came to the Future of Sumner Open House on October 5. We had over 200 people, talking together, asking questions of staff, sharing ideas, coloring maps and more.People colored maps of the Town Center area (outlined by the dark black border) to tell us if and where higher buildings could go.

Click here to see what people colored (pdf)

This map shows the average result of all your maps:

Red is 5-6 stories, orange is 4-5 stories, brown is 3-4 stories and yellow is 1-2 stories/single family.

We also asked about style of buildings. The dots indicate which style people preferred for each kind of building:

 

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments

 

In addition to the Town Center Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Amendments include other proposed changes. The boards are below.  Participants were given one dot to use if they thought the proposal looked good or if they had concerns (which hopefully they shared with us).  Also below is the timeline board that shows where the process goes from here for both Comprehensive Plan Amendments and the Town Center Plan.