Buildable Lands

Snohomish County has completed work on the 2012 Buildable Lands Report (BLR). Under the state Growth Management Act (GMA), Snohomish County and its cities were required to review and evaluate the adequacy of suitable residential, commercial and industrial lands inside the Urban Growth Area (UGA) for accommodating projected population and employment growth during the remaining portion of the current 20 year GMA planning horizon (i.e., to 2025). The BLR project was conducted under the county's lead in partnership with the cities in Snohomish County through participation in the countywide planning organization Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT).

The 2012 BLR project followed a framework for coordinated county and city data collection and analysis originally established in the Procedures Report prepared with the assistance of the consulting firm ECONorthwest and approved by the SCT Steering Committee in October 2000. The Recommended Methodology and Work Program for a Buildable Lands Analysis for Snohomish County and its Cities report was also used as the framework for the county's BLR in 2002 and 2007. The 2012 analysis was also informed by actual development densities observed since the 2007 BLR.      

Related Reports & Studies
For additional BLR products such as UGA profiles, maps and other supplemental materials from previous reports, please contact Stephen Toy or the Planning and Development Services Division at 425-388-3311.