East Sumner Neighborhood Plan

The East Sumner planning area is approximately 174 acres of lowland located in the eastern portion of the City of Sumner. The core of the area is bordered by a number of roadways—160th Avenue East, 64th Street East, Main Street East, Sumner-Tapps Highway East, and State Route 410. The eastern portion of the site is bisected by Salmon Creek.

The City of Sumner first adopted a plan for East Sumner in 2001. This plan envisioned a mixed use
“urban village” that complemented and supported the Downtown. Since that time, little of the
desired catalytic, community building development has occurred, primarily because of three
obstacles:
• The roadway system, with poorly functioning intersections along Sumner-Tapps Highway, impedes
access to potential regional commercial businesses.
• Extensive wetlands and other environmental constraints prevent construction of new connector
roads and feasible development of central sites.
• A high water table, periodic flooding, and stormwater management concerns make development of
single family subdivisions difficult, if not infeasible.
Spurred by the opportunities provided by a regional YMCA and the desire to facilitate more development on the east side, the City has initiated this subarea plan update to the East Sumner Neighborhood
Plan (ESNP), which intends to guide growth throughout the next 20 years. Through the subarea
planning process, the update anticipates addressing issues surrounding wetlands/high water tables, lack of pedestrian connections, the potential for regional commercial development, higher residential
densities, and the retention of its unique “small town” character.

The East Sumner planning area is approximately 174 acres of lowland located in the eastern portion of the City of Sumner. The core of the area is bordered by a number of roadways—160th Avenue East, 64th Street East, Main Street East, Sumner-Tapps Highway East, and State Route 410. The eastern portion of the site is bisected by Salmon Creek.

The City of Sumner first adopted a plan for East Sumner in 2001. This plan envisioned a mixed use
“urban village” that complemented and supported the Downtown. Since that time, little of the
desired catalytic, community building development has occurred, primarily because of three
obstacles:
• The roadway system, with poorly functioning intersections along Sumner-Tapps Highway, impedes
access to potential regional commercial businesses.
• Extensive wetlands and other environmental constraints prevent construction of new connector
roads and feasible development of central sites.
• A high water table, periodic flooding, and stormwater management concerns make development of
single family subdivisions difficult, if not infeasible.
Spurred by the opportunities provided by a regional YMCA and the desire to facilitate more development on the east side, the City has initiated this subarea plan update to the East Sumner Neighborhood
Plan (ESNP), which intends to guide growth throughout the next 20 years. Through the subarea
planning process, the update anticipates addressing issues surrounding wetlands/high water tables, lack of pedestrian connections, the potential for regional commercial development, higher residential
densities, and the retention of its unique “small town” character.