Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan serves as the document that guides County decisions and services on a wide range of topics, including: land use, transportation, parks, housing, capital facilities and the natural environment.   The Comprehensive Plan consists of five components:


The General Policy Plan consists of goals, objectives and policies that serve as a guide to the county’s growth and development from the present through 2035.


The Future Land Use Map (PDF) expresses graphically the 20-year vision of the preferred land use pattern.  It identifies the urban growth areas around cities and towns, as well as urban, rural, and resource lands.  The map is implemented through numerous zoning classifications and development regulations.


The Transportation Element presents a plan for transportation facilities and services to support the needs of the projected 2035 population.


The Capital Facilities Plan (PDF) contains an inventory of the county’s public facilities and utilities, establishes level of service standards necessary to support development, and prioritizes facilities needed to support the needs of the projected 2035 population.


The Park and Recreation Element presents a plan for park and recreation facilities and services to support the needs of the projected 2035 population.


Washington State’s Growth Management Act requires that cities and counties update their Comprehensive Plans on a periodic schedule.  The next update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan is due June 30, 2024.  The 2024 Update will plan for the next 20 years of population and employment growth through the year 2044.


Outside of the periodic update cycle, less extensive revisions are allowed through the docketing process and County-initiated amendment proposals.  Information on current and past proposals, and to find out about submitting an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan can be obtained from the Docket and County-Initiated Amendments web page.