2021 Buildable Lands Report Project
Welcome to the project page for the 2021 Buildable Lands Report (BLR) for Snohomish County. This report is required of Snohomish County by the state Growth Management Act (GMA) and is due by June 30, 2021. On this page, you will find information on our progress towards preparing and completing the 2021 BLR. We will be providing updates periodically, so sign up to get alerts here.
The purpose of the BLR is to review the urban densities that are being achieved within both the city and county portions of the Urban Growth Area (UGA) and, based on the densities achieved, determine whether the UGA has an adequate supply of suitable residential, commercial and industrial land to accommodate the population and employment growth projected to occur during the remaining portion of the 20-year GMA planning horizon. If not, jurisdictions are required to take corrective actions (reasonable measures) that do not include adjustment of UGA boundaries.
According to the Snohomish County Countywide Planning Policies, the BLR is prepared by cities and the county using the Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT) collaborative process. For the BLR, the county has the lead role in preparing the report, with the cities providing key data input and review responsibilities. SCT has published three BLRs on behalf of the county and its cities; one each in 2002, 2007, and 2012. See below for links to these previous BLRs.
In the 2017 session, the state legislature passed E2SSB 5254, which enacted a number of changes to state requirements for buildable lands methods and procedures. Subsequently, the Washington State Department of Commerce published updated Buildable Lands Program Guidelines in December 2018. County staff have been working with the cities, consultant staff, and stakeholder representatives on developing recommendations for implementing these changes in the 2021 BLR.
Documents Related to Review and Updating of Buildable Lands Methods and Procedures
- Procedures Report (PDF) / Methods and Procedures Technical Supplement Approved by SCT Steering Committee on June 24, 2020
- Reasonable Measures Program Report (PDF) / Reasonable Measures Program Technical Supplement Approved by SCT Steering Committee on June 24, 2020
SCT Steering Committee meetings (May 27, 2020 discussion & June 24, 2020 approval of PAC Recommendation):
Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting (April 9, 2020):
PAC Buildable Lands Subcommittee meeting #4 (February 11, 2020):
PAC Buildable Lands Subcommittee meeting #3 (January 7, 2020):
PAC Buildable Lands Subcommittee meeting #2 (November 12, 2019):
PAC Buildable Lands Subcommittee meeting #1 (September 17, 2019):
Stakeholder Workshop (November 25, 2019):
Stakeholder Follow-Up meeting (March 6, 2020 - CANCELED):
Related Reports & Studies
- 2012 Buildable Lands Report (PDF)
- 2012 Buildable Lands Report Supplemental Map Book (PDF)
- 2012 Buildable Lands Report GIS Methodology (PDF)
- Employment Density Study (PDF)
- 2002 Buildable Lands Report (BLR) Validation Study (PDF)
- 2007 Buildable Lands Report (PDF)
- 2002 Buildable Lands Report (PDF)
For additional information on the 2021 BLR or previous reports, please contact Stephen Toy or the Planning and Development Services Division at 425-388-3311.
*Updated on 8/19/2020 to include the Project Summary Sheets for single family developments in the City of Mukilteo that were inadvertently omitted in the original report.