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PS-1Jurisdictions should support cities as the preferred urban service providers.

PS-2Cities shall determine the appropriate methods for providing urban services in their incorporated areas including any annexations thereto. Cities that currently have no territory in Snohomish County shall have an interlocal agreement in place with the County prior to annexations into the county, to address the provision of public services.

PS-3Jurisdictions should support the County as the preferred provider for regional services, rural services, agricultural services, and services for natural resource areas.

PS-4The County and cities should support the planned development of jobs and housing through strategic investment decisions and coordination of public services and facilities.

PS-5Public services and infrastructure provided by jurisdictions in rural and resource areas should be at a level, scale, and in locations that do not induce urban development pressures.

PS-6The County and cities should design infrastructure and public services to promote conservation of natural resources.

PS-7To ensure long-term water availability for both human use and environmental needs, jurisdictions should work collaboratively to reduce per capita water consumption through conservation, improvements in efficiency, and if applicable, reclamation and reuse.

PS-8The County and cities shall work collaboratively, in coordination with tribal governments, for the planning of water and wastewater utilities to meet the area’s long-term needs and support the regional growth strategy.

PS-9The County and cities, in collaboration with water providers and utilities, should consider the potential impacts of climate change, including impacts exacerbated by seasonal or cyclical conditions, when engaged in planning efforts to ensure the county’s long-term water supply.

PS-10Jurisdictions should coordinate with solid waste service providers in order to meet and, if desired, exceed state mandates for the reduction of solid waste and promotion of recycling.

PS-11The County and cities shall permit new development in urban areas only when sanitary sewers are available with the exception of where sewer service is not likely to be feasible for the duration of the jurisdiction’s adopted plan.29

PS-12Jurisdictions should promote the use and investment in renewable and alternative energy sources to meet the local and countywide energy needs.

PS-13The County and cities should support energy conservation and efficiency in new and existing public facilities in order to achieve fiscal savings and reduce environmental impacts associated with energy generation and use.

PS-14Jurisdictions in Urban Growth Areas shall coordinate on the data, analysis and methodologies relating to the Levels of Service (LOS) standards for all public facilities and services that are required by the Growth Management Act. Each jurisdiction may implement and monitor its own LOS standards in accordance with each jurisdiction's adopted comprehensive plan.

PS-15Jurisdictions should adopt capital facilities plans, and coordinate with other service providers, to provide the appropriate level of service to support planned growth and development in Urban Growth Areas.

PS-16The County and cities should develop and coordinate compatible capital facility construction standards for all service providers in individual Urban Growth Areas.

PS-17The County and cities should encourage the location of new human services facilities near access to transit.

PS-18The County and cities should work collaboratively at a local and countywide level to promote equitable access of public services and facilities for all residents, especially those that are historically underserved.

PS-19The County and cities should promote connection to sanitary sewers for residents and businesses within urban growth areas as the preferred alternative to resolving failing septic systems.

PS-20The County and cities should support planning for the provision of telecommunication infrastructure in order to improve and facilitate access to telecommunication for all residents and businesses, especially those in underserved areas.

PS-21The County and cities should work collaboratively with school districts to plan for the siting and improvement of school facilities to meet the current and future community needs. Considerations should include recent growth, 6-year projections of population and student enrollment growth, adopted comprehensive plans including capital facilities plans, and the growth targets in Appendix B.

PS-22Sanitary sewer mains shall not be extended beyond Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) into rural areas except when necessary to protect basic public health and safety and the environment, and when such sewers are financially supportable at rural densities and do not result in the inducement of future urban development outside of UGAs. Sewer transmission lines may be developed through rural and resource areas to meet the needs of UGAs as long as any extension through resource areas does not adversely impact the resource lands. Sanitary sewer connections in rural areas are not allowed except in instances where necessary to protect public health and safety and the environment and as allowed in RCW 36.70A.213. Sanitary sewer mains are prohibited in resource areas.

29Currently identified exceptions include unsewerable enclaves, as well as the Darrington, Gold Bar, and Index Urban Growth Areas.