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Community Survey #2

The City of Marysville has experienced rapid growth over the past decade and, similar to the rest of Western Washington, is expected to continue growing at a steady pace. Between 2011 and 2021, the City’s population increased from 60,672 to 71,250 people – a nearly 10,600 population increase (source: State Office of Financial Management).
 
Snohomish County’s 2021 Buildable Lands Report indicates that the City currently has capacity for 91,084 people. With the 2024 Comprehensive Plan update, the City needs to plan to accommodate a total population of 99,822 over the next 20 years. Changes in Downtown zoning with the adoption of the Downtown Master Plan update in 2021 resulted in capacity for 1,923 additional citizens beyond the 2021 Buildable Lands Report figures. This means that the City needs to plan for 6,815 more people over the next 20 years than current zoning allows.
 
We would appreciate your input on how and where the City of Marysville should plan to accommodate this growth. Please note that this survey is for advisory purposes and that the ultimate growth strategy and any associated zoning changes will be determined through the legislative process. If you would like to attend future Planning Commission or City Council meetings where the Comprehensive Plan update is discussed, and decisions will ultimately be made, please sign up to receive notices here.

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* 1. Which best describes your interest in this topic?

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* 2. What are your biggest concerns regarding greater density in the City of Marysville?

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* 3. What measures can the City take to make growth more welcome by our citizens?

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* 4. Residential growth can be compact (higher density) with a high number of people in an area (think multi-family apartments or mixed use buildings), or spread out (lower density) with a low number of people in an area (think single family subdivisions or duplexes). High density growth takes up less area than low density growth enabling a greater number of people to be housed in a smaller geographic area.

Please select the general approach to accommodating additional growth that you would prefer the City take.

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* 5. Planning in Marysville, and other Snohomish County cities, must align with the Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050 which is the region’s long-range plan for growth. VISION 2050’s Regional Growth Strategy has a goal of attracting 65 percent of population growth to the region’s growth centers and high-capacity transit station areas. Marysville will have high-capacity transit when Community Transit’s SWIFT bus rapid transit Gold line arrives in 2027-28. The SWIFT Gold line will include high-capacity transit stations (bus stops) along State Avenue. Consistent with the Regional Growth Strategy, additional residential density should be contemplated along State Avenue.

If additional residential density is designated along State Avenue, how far north along State Avenue should higher density be considered? 

From the Downtown north to:

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* 6. If density were focused on State Avenue, what type (scale) of buildings would you prefer to see?

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* 7. If density were spread out throughout single family zones within the City, what type (scale) of buildings would you prefer to see?

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* 8. What is a question regarding density that you wish we would have asked? What feedback would you have shared? 

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