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 2016 park impact mitigation fees accounted for approximately 22% of Parks' capital budget.

Update of the code is prompted by adoption of the new 2015 Snohomish County Park and Recreation Element (see below), which includes a new level-of-service methodology.  Significant proposed code changes include an update to fee collection amounts, to reflect the new level-of-service methodology and projects identified to support population growth, and inclusion of an update schedule.

A stakeholder meeting was held on June 21, 2016 to collect feedback on the proposal (presentation slides - modified) and additional comments are encouraged.  Comments should be sent to:

Sharon Swan
Principal Park Planner
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
6705 Puget Park Dr.
Snohomish WA 98296
Upcoming presentations/hearings are anticipated:
  • July 12, 2016 - County Council Operations Committee Briefing
  • Aug. 23, 2016 - Planning Commission Briefing
  • Sept. 27, 2016 - Planning Commission Hearing
  • Oct. 11, 2016 - 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 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 (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.