Snohomish County Parks Planning

Park Impact Fee Code Update

Snohomish County is in the process of updating SCC 30.66A, which is the portion of Snohomish County Code that addresses collection of park impact mitigation fees. Park impact mitigation fees are used to help fund development of new park amenities, which are constructed to address increased demands related to population growth. In 2018 park impact mitigation fees account for approximately 18% of Parks' capital budget.

Update of the code is prompted by language in SCC 30.66A which encourages biennial update to the collection amounts in order to ensure the fee basis reflects up-to-date project costs and population projections.

A stakeholder meeting was held July 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Parks office to collect feedback on the proposal and additional comments are encouraged. Interested parties are encouraged to review the project information sheet (PDF) and send feedback. Comments should be sent to:

Sharon Swan

Principal Park Planner

Snohomish County Parks & Recreation

6705 Puget Park Dr.

Snohomish WA 98296

Email Sharon Swan

Upcoming presentations/hearings are anticipated:

  • Aug. 28, 2018 - Planning Commission Briefing
  • Sept. 25, 2018 - Planning Commission Hearing
  • TBD - County Council Committee of the Whole - Budget Briefing
  • To Be Determined - County Council Hearing

Comprehensive Parks Plan Update

Snohomish County adopted a new Park and Recreation Element (PRE) in June, 2015. This document is a component of the Snohomish County Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan and works together with the County's General Policy Plan and Capital Facilities Plan to provide goals, objectives and strategies for providing park services through 2035. The PRE includes a list of envisioned park improvements intended to serve growth, as well as address interests identified by the public.

For more information on the Snohomish County Comprehensive Parks Plan update, please contact email Sharon Swan, Principal Park Planner, at (425) 388-6616.

Park and Recreation Visioning Plan

Snohomish County has created an updated 2015 Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Visioning Plan (PDF) (PRVP), which is used to summarize input from residents of Snohomish County about what they think is important in provision of parks, together with a county-wide analysis of specific trends and needs. The PRVP was created based on a process that also satisfies planning requirements of the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). Adoption of this document will ensure Snohomish County remains eligible for grant funding available from RCO.

For more information on the 2014 Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Visioning Plan, please contact Sharon Swan, Principal Park Planner, at 425-388-6616.