Docket and County-Initiated Amendments

The Comprehensive Plan is a living document that embodies all of the community priorities and policies that guide decision-making in Snohomish County. Broad in scope, the Comprehensive Plan touches on issues ranging from land use planning and transportation investments to environmental protection and park space. And importantly, the Comprehensive Plan acts as a community vision over a long time period. From time to time, the policies that guide this vision may warrant changes. Individuals from the public and the County may propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan at any time. But under established processes, those amendment proposals may only be considered by the County at specific time periods. 

The County is currently processing a variety of Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals, including:

Snohomish County Accepting Land Use Plan Amendments

If applications are not submitted by October 31, 2016, the next opportunity is not until 2020.

Snohomish County is accepting applications for major and minor amendments both to the County's comprehensive land use plan and to development regulations with implementation in 2019. Major plan amendments include adjustments to urban growth area boundaries and significant policy changes. Minor amendments include changes to land uses that have no significant impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. The process for property owners and cities to propose plan amendments is called the "docket."

The deadline for submitting major and minor docket applications is October 31, 2016. Applications can be downloaded from the link below or you can pick one up at the County's Department of Planning and Development Services, second floor of the Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett.

The County advises applicants that the docket process is complex, costly, takes several years to complete, and there is no presumption that a proposal will be approved.

After this year, the next deadline to submit major docket applications for County plan amendments is October 31, 2020, with final action occurring in 2023. The next minor docket application deadline after this year will be October 31, 2019, with final action in 2021.

The County encourages potential applicants to schedule a pre-submittal meeting to discuss the process and make sure the applications are complete. For more information, contact Steve Skorney, Senior Planner, Snohomish County Planning and Development Services, at or 425-388-3311, ext. 2207.

The Docket Process

Docketing is a public participation procedure required by the state Growth Management Act to allow interested citizens the opportunity to request amendments to Snohomish County's comprehensive plan and implementing development regulations. Snohomish County has adopted docketing procedures in Chapter 30.74 of County code.

Through docketing, Planning and Development Services (PDS) accepts applications on an annual basis, performs required evaluations, and forwards its recommendations to the County Council for consideration. The deadline for a docket application submittal is the last business day in October. View the following documents for more information:

To learn more about docketing, view the full process on the Docketing Process page.

The County-Initiated Amendment Process

Proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that are County-initiated are also reviewed by PDS, the Planning Commission through a public hearing, and the County Council through a public hearing. The procedures for processing County-initiated proposals are contained in Chapter 30.73 of the County code.