Growth Management Laws and Rules
The Growth Management Act (GMA) establishes state goals, sets deadlines for compliance, offers direction on how to prepare local comprehensive plans and development regulations and requirements for early and continuous public participation.
The GMA requires state and local governments to manage Washington’s growth by identifying and protecting critical areas and natural resource lands, designating urban growth areas, preparing comprehensive plans and implementing them through capital investments and development regulations.
EHB 1224 Reverting to Partially Planning under the GMA. 2014 legislature amending 36.70A.040, 36.70A.060 and 36.70A.280. Link to Resource page.
Commerce Growth Management Act (GMA) Rule Amendments
Commerce is updating rules guiding implementation of the Growth Management Act (GMA). We are updating rules in two different tracks. To sign up for the listserv please go here.
Issue 1. Housekeeping edits
Description: Amend 9 rules to reflect new deadlines for counties and cities to comply with required periodic reviews and evaluations. Amend 3 rules to clarify the definition of critical areas to exclude irrigation ditches.
Rulemaking webpage for more information | Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) | Proposed Rule Making WSR-14-22-092 (CR-102) | OTS-6722.1 Final | OTS-6723.1 Final
Issue 2: Voluntary Stewardship Program
Description: Create a new rule to help implement the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), an alternative means for counties to protect critical areas on lands used for agricultural activities. Commerce is required to develop a rule governing certification of county approaches to protect critical areas on agricultural lands in certain circumstances. Commerce will work with the Washington Conservation Commission and a legislatively created Statewide Advisory Committee to develop VSP rules.
Project webpage for more information | Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101)
How to get involved:
Subscribe to the WAC Update ListServ for updates on the status of rule development and opportunities for public comment. Please e-mail comments or questions to WACUPDATE@commerce.wa.gov or call Paul Johnson at 360.725.3048.
Growth Management Act & Related Laws Booklet - 2014 Update
Annexation - 35.13
Boundary Review Board - 36.93
Growth Management - Planning by Selected Counties and Cities 36.70A
Growth Management - Local Project Review 36.70B
Growth Management - Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions 36.70C
Planning Enabling Act - 36.70
Shoreline Management Act - 90.58
Transfer of Development Rights, Regional - 43.362
Other separate sections as noted in the GMA & Related Laws Booklet table of contents
Hearings Board Cases
Information on the Growth Management Act and the Courts