Planning Terms & Definitions
In July 2002, county and city planners worked on an analysis of the county's inventory of buildable land as required by the Growth Management Act. This research examined vacant and redevelopable land within Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) and tracked the rate of development. Throughout the late 1990's, the county experienced significant rates of growth and development. The Buildable Lands Project recorded the outcome of this growth and estimated the amount of remaining vacant and redevelopable land of each UGA.
Municipal Urban Growth Areas
Municipal Urban Growth Areas (MUGAs) are the areas outside of the city's established limits that are areas of expected future annexation. Starting in 2001, the nine SW UGA cities began negotiations to establish municipal urban growth areas, or MUGAs, for each city. When the cities and the county adopt the negotiated MUGA boundaries, the MUGAs will serve as the template for future land use planning in Southwest Snohomish County.
Urban Growth Areas
The Growth Management Act requires that urban growth areas (UGAs) be designated. UGAs are to include areas and densities sufficient to permit the urban growth that is projected to occur in the county over the next twenty years. Future urban growth is to be located first in areas already characterized by urban development where existing public facility and service capacity is available, and second in areas where public or private facilities or services are planned or could be provided in an efficient manner.
The county's GMA Comprehensive Plan established 13 UGAs. Eleven UGAs contain a city and its expected area of future expansion. The largest of the county's UGAs (the Southwest UGA) differs as it includes nine cities in close proximity. The Maltby UGA does not contain an incorporated city.
Frequently Used Acronyms
The definitions below are for acronyms frequently used in planning discussions.