2024 Comprehensive Plan Update
The opportunity to provide input on the Population and Employment, Economic Development, and Interjurisdictional Coordination elements closed on November 30th, 2022. Opportunity to provide input on the Land Use element will open on December 31, 2022. Learn more about what amendments are being proposed and how to provide comment by visiting the Policy Amendment webpage. This is a six-phase process taking place through May of 2023 intended to provide the public with early opportunities to review and comment on draft policy amendments related to each element of the Comprehensive Plan. There, you will also find the schedule for elements in future phases and forms for providing comment.
Snohomish County is planning for a resilient, vibrant, and inclusive future. One of the main ways the county can plan for this future is through periodic updates to its Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Plan (the "Plan") is a document that guides Snohomish County decisions on a wide range of topics and services over a 20-year time period. As the Plan acts as the blueprints for development in the county, it will impact neighborhoods, businesses, traffic, the environment, and you. The Plan is also meant to reflect the vision and priorities of Snohomish County communities and residents, while meeting requirements of state and federal law. Click here to view the current Plan.
Between now and December, 2024, the Plan will go through an update (the “2024 Comprehensive Plan Update,” or “2024 Update”). When adopted, the Plan will be in effect from 2024 to 2044 with minor updates.
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Why is the Plan being updated?
Washington State’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that cities and counties update their Comprehensive Plans on a periodic schedule. This is an opportunity to revise population and employment growth forecasts with the most up to date data, review existing policies to ensure they make sense for the communities they serve, write new policies that reflect the priorities of the communities of Snohomish County, and confirm that all federal, state, and local requirements are met. The next update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan is due in December of 2024. The 2024 Update will plan for the next 20 years of population and employment growth through the year 2044.
How can I get involved?
Snohomish County wants to hear from you! The population and employment landscapes are changing as more people choose to live, work, and play in Snohomish County. Your voice will help shape the County’s future and help us understand important topics of today.
There are several ways to be involved in the 2024 Update.
- Review and comment on Draft Policy Amendments (November 2022 - May 2023)
- Sign up to receive text or email notifications, including our newsletter, information about outreach events, surveys, and other public participation opportunities.
- Send us an email at 2024Update@snoco.org to let us know what you think. What do you want to see in your neighborhood?
- Submit a comment related to the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update.
Project Overview and Schedule
The purpose of the 2024 Update is to comply with the requirements of the GMA in RCW 36.70A.130 for Snohomish County to:
- Plan for the next 20 years of population and employment growth
- Review and revise the comprehensive plan and development regulations to ensure they comply with the requirements of the GMA.
The final deadline for adoption of any updates pertaining to this project is December, 2024.
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Public Engagement Reports
Summer 2022 Public Participation Pop-Up Tabling - Throughout the month of July 2022, the 2024 Update Team staffed pop-up tables across the county to answer public questions, listen to the public’s ideas, and raise awareness of the 2024 Update. Staff visited parks, libraries, and businesses in all five county council districts. This summary report (available in English, Spanish and Korean) delves into where we went, what we heard, lessons learned, and next steps.
Visioning - Snohomish County held a Visioning comment period for the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update between November 1, 2021 and February 25, 2022. Staff compiled the input received from 100 comments to develop a draft Vision statement. The draft Vision statement is out for review until May 30, 2022 to check if we heard you correctly. The next step is to incorporate the draft Vision statement into the Introductory chapter of the comprehensive plan for review by the Planning Commission in early 2023 and Council in 2023/2024. Please review the draft Vision statement in the Spring Newsletter.
Scoping - The Environmental Impact Statement Scoping period was November 1 to December 3, 2021. A summary of the public input received during the scoping period can be found here Version Options 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update HeadlineHow can I get involved?.
A storymap about SEPA Scoping and the Update is available at https://bit.ly/SnoCo-SEPA-Scope. During the SEPA scoping period, the County hosted two virtual public meetings. You can watch a recording of the November 9th meeting here and the November 15th meeting here. The presentation can also be viewed as a PDF here.
Communications Survey - Summer 2021 Communications Preferences Survey Results Summary (PDF)