Survey Introduction

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the planning process for the Light Rail Communities Project. If you're already familiar with the project and have provided input before, thank you for being involved! If this project is new to you, welcome!

You can find a brief background of the project below the first question. Please head to the Light Rail Communities Project Website for more detailed information. If you'd like to skip past the background information and go straight to the survey, please scroll to the bottom of the page after indicating what sections you'd like to respond to and click Next.

Question Title

* 1. This survey is split into two sections: Land Use and Transportation. Please indicate which sections you would like to complete (click both if you'd like to complete the entire survey).

Title VI / ADA

Interpreter and translation services for non-English speakers, and accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please make arrangements in advance by emailing the project contact at For questions regarding Public Works’ Title VI Program, contact the Title VI Coordinator via e-mail at, or phone 425-388-6660. Hearing/speech impaired call 711.

Para solicitar esta encuesta en español, envíe un correo electrónico con el siguiente asunto: "Light Rail Communities Summer 2021 Survey Spanish Translation Request" y enviarlo a desde la cuenta de correo electrónico a la que usted desee que respondamos. Asimismo, puede ponerse en contacto con el Coordinador del título VI del Condado de Snohomish al teléfono 425-388-6660.

이 설문 조사를 한국어로 요청하시는 경우, 당사에서 회신해 주기를 바라는 이메일 주소인 로 "Light Rail Communities Summer 2021 Survey Spanish Translation Request" 이라는 제목의 이메일을 보내 주시기 바랍니다. 또는 425-388-6660 번으로 전화하면 Snohomish County Title VI 코디네이터와 상담을 할 수 있습니다.

Some of the questions in the survey are more complex and could take more time to complete. This survey is more technical in nature than many surveys because it is focused on details and specific codes. While they can seem like small changes, when taken together over the years as the county grows, they can have a big impact on our built environment and communities.

We are committed to keeping the public aware of this project and providing as many opportunities to have your voice heard as possible. If you have any questions about this project, we invite you to visit the project webpage, or you can always email us at 

Project Background

Snohomish County is planning for the arrival of light rail, expected to begin service in the mid-2030s.

The first phase of the Light Rail Communities Project focused on station area locations, and led to Snohomish County Council passing a resolution where the county stated their locally favored station locations. These favored locations relied heavily on public engagement and several studies. For more information, click here.

The second phase of the Light Rail Communities Project will result in an Urban Core Subarea Plan, which will be included as an element of the 2024 Update to the Comprehensive Plan.

You can think of the Comprehensive Plan as the roadmap for the next 20 years of growth in the county, and the Urban Core Subarea Plan element of the Comprehensive Plan as focused on the area around the proposed light rail stations. A Subarea Plan is a document that guides future planning decisions in a specific area. It aims to provide certainty to residents, property owners, developers and the community at large. See below for a map depicting the approximate boundaries of the Urban Core Subarea.

The questions in this survey attempt to gather public input about several topics that could be used to influence possible changes to various development regulations within the Urban Core Subarea. The Urban Core Subarea Plan will address topics such as:
  • Land use (such as zoning that dictates allowed uses);
  • Transportation (including light rail, as well as bus routes, roads, sidewalks, and bike paths);
  • Housing (including housing types such as single-family, duplex, townhouses, and apartments);
  • Parks and Recreation;
  • Public service and utility needs (such as fire and police, as well as sewer and broadband);
  • Economic development; and
  • Development regulations (these are the rules that govern all aspects of development including housing, transportation, and land use)
Snohomish County will also consider each of these topics through a lens of equi
Sound Transit's Role

It is important to note that Snohomish County’s planning efforts do not include the design, construction, mitigation, operation, or maintenance of light rail or light rail stations. Those elements are the responsibility of Sound Transit. Final decisions on the actual station location and alignment will be made by Sound Transit in 2025.

Light rail service between Lynnwood and Everett is scheduled to begin in 2036, but is subject to possible realignment decisions made by Sound Transit. You can learn more about the Everett Link Light Rail extension on Sound Transit's project page at: They will also be undertaking extensive public engagement work. You can sign up for email notifications on that project page.