The Comprehensive Plan is central to land use and infrastructure planning under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The Plan expresses a vision for the City in its goals and policies and serves as a guide for future development. It identifies those characteristics the community desires to retain, reinforce, and achieve as the City grows; it establishes the policies to realize the goals; and it identifies the resources necessary to provide services to the residents and businesses now and in the future. The vision contained in the policies is of a self-sufficient community where its citizens can live, work and play. Planning for the City's future extends outside the current city limits to include an Urban Growth Area (UGA) within which the City may expand.
State regulations require the City to periodically review the Comprehensive Plan for consistency with any new requirements in the GMA. The plan was last updated in 2015, as required by state regulations. The next required update must take place by June 30, 2023.
The Comprehensive Plan may be amended once per calendar year. Each year amendments can be proposed through a public “docketing” process. The Comprehensive Plan was last amended on Dec. 4, 2019 when the City Council adopted Ordinance 2364.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Any individual, organization, business, or other group may propose a text or Land Use Designation Map amendment to the Comprehensive Plan or an amendments to Title 14, Snohomish Municipal Code, the City's Land Use Development Code, by submitting a "docket" application. Affected property owners must agree to site-specific map amendment requests.
The docket process can be used to propose three types of amendments:
- Map amendments (rezones) to change the land use designation for specific parcels or areas. Only property owners may propose a site-specific rezone.
- Text amendment to change an existing Comprehensive Plan policy or to propose a new policy.
- Land Use Development Code amendments to change an existing development regulation or to propose a new one.
All docket applications will be compiled and placed on a “Preliminary Docket” list. The City Council will consider all applications at a public hearing to determine which applications warrant further analysis and consideration. That hearing will take place in either October or November 2020. Those are then placed on the “Final Docket”.
Placement on the Final Docket does not mean the proposal will be adopted. Rather, it means the proposal will be analyzed by staff and brought to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to the City Council by the end of 2021.
The process to amend the Comprehensive Plan is codified in SMC 14.15.020.
For more information about the docket process contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or by calling 360-282-3173.
The Planning Commission reviews proposed amendments and seeks public comment during the review process. Meetings are held the first Wednesday evening of every month and are open to the public. Interested parties can track proposals via the Agendas link on this website.