Could Port Of Everett Expand Well Outside Of The Everett, Washington Waterfront?

October 25, 2023

Everett Economy

Port of Everett boundary

The Port’s boundaries encompass most of Everett, portions of Mukilteo, and small parts of Marysville and unincorporated Snohomish County with about 110,000 residents. Graphic from Port of Everett presentation.

The Port of Everett wants to explore expansion of operations well past the confines of the Everett, Washington waterfront and is looking for feedback from you. Here’s more and a link to their survey.

As an economic driver and job creator in the region, the Port of Everett is always looking at ways to create new economic opportunity and add value to the communities it serves.

Today, the Port of Everett is launching a month-long community survey to gauge interest in having the Port bring its unique tools and resources to more areas of Snohomish County.

The survey, being conducted by third-party vendor Critical Data, asks residents and business owners throughout Snohomish County for their input. It takes about five minutes to complete, and is open now through Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.


The survey will be made available in both English and Spanish, with additional languages and accessibility options available upon request to Respondents may also take the survey by phone by calling 909-496-5755 Monday – Saturday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


During the Port’s Strategic Plan outreach in 2018/2019, the Port sought public feedback to help set a roadmap for the next decade of Port initiatives. During public engagement, the Port heard interest in expanding Port boundaries linked to a desire to see the Port’s strategic investments and infrastructure improvements stretch into other parts of Snohomish County.

With all existing Port sites developed, in development now, or programed for future use, the Port is looking to the future to identify how and where to focus its tools and resources to create new economic value in Snohomish County.

While many large port districts in Washington state are county-wide, the Port of Everett is not. Currently, the Port’s boundaries encompass most of Everett, portions of Mukilteo, and small parts of unincorporated Snohomish County in the Marysville area with about 110,000 residents. To put this into perspective, with nearly 830,000 residents and counting, only about 15% of the County has port resources available to them.

Ports are limited in their ability to invest in areas outside of their boundaries. This restricts how the Port of Everett can partner with neighboring communities to invest in their specific economic and community priorities — whether that be transportation improvements and close-to-home job opportunities or quality-of-life enhancements by way of community revitalization, mixed-use and recreational amenities, environmental initiatives and more.

Given these limitations and initial community interest, the Port Commission tasked staff with taking a more formal look at the topic of boundary expansion, including an economic value study and legal assessment of what it would take to expand—and most importantly—a community assessment to see if, and where, Port partnership is desired.

The data collected in the survey will help inform next steps. Port staff expects to bring a recommendation to the Port Commission by the end of the year.

For boundary expansion to be enacted, a contiguous area would need to be identified and approved by the Port Commission, then submitted to the Snohomish County Council for submission to the voters by ballot. It would have to be passed by voters of the proposed area by 50.01% (or simple majority).

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