Policy Amendments

Snohomish County is updating its Comprehensive Plan to help create a resilient, vibrant, and inclusive future so that all residents can thrive. Between now and December 2024 the Plan will go through revisions, and we are seeking your input on potential policy amendments. 


The 2024 Comprehensive Plan will include 12 topical elements. The policies within each of the elements are being reviewed to better align with state laws and public input. This webpage is the most updated location for the public to review drafts of potential policy revisions for each element.


Each element is listed below with links to the preliminary draft policy amendments. The drafts will be released in phases, beginning in November of 2022. This is an early opportunity to review these preliminary draft policies, and there will be further opportunities to review through the Planning Commission and Council public hearing. The posted preliminary draft policies are not finished products. We would like your help to review these drafts so that they can be improved and better serve Snohomish County.


Announcements

The opportunity to provide input on elements included in Phase II will be available from December 31st, 2022 to January 30, 2023. Learn more about what amendments are being proposed and how to provide comment by viewing the Policy Amendment Summaries and visiting the comment form links below. 


There are two ways to provide comments about the preliminary draft policy amendments:

  • Provide general comments utilizing the comment form links below
  • Send an email to 2024update@snoco.org

Each of the existing 2015 Phase 1 elements can be viewed in their entirety here:

Thank you for your time and valuable input on the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update. 

Timeline

PhaseElements Comment Period*Policy Amendment SummariesComment Form
Phase I
  • Population and Employment 
  • Economic Development 
  • Interjurisdictional Coordination
November 1 - November 30, 2022Population and Employment (PDF)
Economic Development (PDF)
Interjurisdictional Coordination (PDF)
Closed
Phase II
  • Land Use
December 31, 2022 - January 31, 2023PDF (coming soon)Phase II Comment Form - coming soon (click to open in new tab)
Phase III
  • Natural Environment
  • Tribal Coordination
February 1 - March 2, 2023PDF (coming in early 2023)Phase III Comment Form (click to open in new tab)
Phase IV
  • Urban Core Subarea
  • Housing
March 1 - March 31, 2023PDF (coming in early 2023)Phase IV Comment Form (click to open in new tab)
Phase V
  • Climate Change
  • Capital Facilities
March 31 - May 1, 2023PDF (coming in Spring 2023)Phase V Comment Form (click to open in new tab)
Phase VI
  • Transportation
  • Parks and Recreation
May 1 - May 31, 2023PDF (coming in Spring 2023)
Phase VI Comment Form (click to open in new tab)

*Dates subject to change


How to Submit Comments

We value receiving comments from the communities we serve. A comment can express support or disagreement, provide suggestions for a specific draft policy amendment, or be more general. Public input will help shape the policy amendments that county staff refine and present to the Planning Commission and County Council. 


Brief Description of Comprehensive Plan Elements


ElementDescription
Population and Employment 

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that the county designate Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) based upon the 20-year population projection made for the county. This element focuses on goals, objectives, and policies around growth targets and long-term monitoring.

Interjurisdictional Coordination

Policy direction for planning coordination with the cities and towns of Snohomish County as well as the region as there are many opportunities and issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Economic Development

Economic development is the combination of jobs, services, facilities, urban design, and other features that contribute to the ability to make a living wage, and the desire to want to live and work in Snohomish County. The Economic Development element compiles strategies to further the economy in Snohomish County.

Land Use

Outlines a broad vision for development in urban and rural areas, which includes setting guidelines for area density and determining where various uses (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial) will be allowed.

Housing

Sets the goals and policies for the preservation, development, and renovation of housing for current and future county residents of all income levels.

Natural Environment

Establishes a framework to protect the natural environment.

Climate Change

Our world and Snohomish County are changing. This element aims to provide policy direction around how the county can both adapt to and mitigate against these changes in long and short term weather patterns.

Urban Core Subarea PlanProvide the detailed land use, zoning, and capital facilities analysis for a portion of the unincorporated Southwest Urban Growth Area where light rail stations are planned.
Tribal CoordinationThe land that makes up Snohomish County is the ancestral home of several Tribal nations that still live, work, and play throughout the region. There are opportunities and issues that cross jurisdictional lines and it will be beneficial to have policy direction to help coordination.
TransportationSets a plan for transportation facilities and services, including for freight, public transit, vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, to support the needs of current residents and projected population in 2044.
Parks and RecreationEstablishes a plan for park and recreation facilities and services to promote access and opportunity for Snohomish County residents to enjoy open space.
Capital Facilities and UtilitiesProvides a long-term plan (inventories, forecasts of needs, funding) for public facilities in Snohomish County, both those provided by the County and non-County service providers. On an annual basis and as a part of the budget, the County’s Capital Improvement Program reviews a 6-year funding plan for capital projects and programs.