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New: March 1, 2016 - Draft guidance available for public comment:
Building Cities in the Rain: Watershed Prioritization Guidance for Stormwater Retrofits - The Department of Commerce, in consultation with a workgroup of interested parties, has developed a draft Building Cities in the Rain guidance that describes a process for prioritizing watersheds for stormwater retrofits. The guidance was released on March 1, 2016. The draft guidance is available for public comment until midnight on April 30, 2016.
Links to the draft Building Cities in the Rain guidance and the Department of Ecology's draft companion guidance Stormwater Control Transfer Programs are available here: https://www.ezview.wa.gov/site/alias__1780/34828/default.aspx
Helpful Information on Growth Management Topics
GMA Periodic Update Information: Guidebook, Update Schedule Map, Sample Update Work Program, Example Resolutions and Ordinances, Checklists for Counties and Cities, Critical Areas Checklist, Good Examples
Map - Counties Mandated to Plan, Opting to Plan, and Planning Only Critical Areas & Resource Lands
Map - GMA Update Schedule
Planner's Update Newsletter: Tips and updates on current land use issues
Association of Washington Cities: GMA Comp Plan Conversation Starters - These videos and discussion questions can help you update your GMA comprehensive plan and development regulations.
Municipal Research and Services Center Planning Tools
Washington State GMA population projections by counties