The Comprehensive Plan is central to land use and infrastructure planning under the Washington State Growth Management Act. The Plan expresses a vision for the City in its goals and policies and serves as a guide for future development. It identifies those characteristics the community desires to retain, reinforce, and achieve as the City grows; it establishes the policies to realize the goals; and it identifies the resources necessary to provide services to the residents and businesses now and in the future. The vision contained in the policies is a self-sufficient community where its citizens can live, work and play.
The Plan was revised substantially in 1995 to meet the requirements of the State Growth Management Act and subsequently in 2005. Planning for the City’s future extends outside the current city limits to include an Urban Growth Area within which the City may expand. The Comprehensive Plan is reviewed annually in a public process and recommendations for amendments are made to the City Council by the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission is currently working on another major ten-year update to the Comprehensive Plan, as mandated by the Growth Management Act. The current review and amendment must be complete by June 2015.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Any individual, organization, business, or other group may propose a text or Land Use Designation Map amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Affected property owners must agree to site-specific map amendment requests.
Proposals to amend the Comprehensive Plan and associated Zoning Code provisions must be received by March 31st of each year, in order to be considered for the docket implemented the following year. Planning staff review all proposals submitted by the deadline make a recommendation to the City Council, which establishes the docket for continued review of specific proposals.
How to Apply
Submit your application for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan using the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application form. The list of required items for a complete application is included in the Submittal Checklist. Submit your complete application to the Planning Department at City Hall before the application deadline.
The Planning Commission reviews proposed amendments and seeks public comment during the review process. Meetings are held the first Wednesday evening of every month and are open to the public. Interested parties can track proposals via the Agendas link on this website.