The 2018 Supplemental Operating Budget included funding for counties within the Review and Evaluation Program. These funds will be available July 1, 2018. Grant contracts with the Review and Evaluation Program counties will be managed by the Growth Management Services Unit.
The Review and Evaluation Program under RCW 36.70A.215 is often referred to as the Buildable Lands Program. It was included as a component of the Growth Management Act (GMA) in 1997. It requires that Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom (as of 2017) Counties and the cities within them complete a Buildable Lands Report every eight years. The Buildable Lands reports are a look back at actual development to determine if cities and counties have designated adequate amounts of residential, commercial, and industrial lands to meet the growth needs incorporated in their comprehensive plans. With the exception of Whatcom County, Buildable Lands counties have each produced three reports since 1997.
Guideline for local governments were adopted in 2000 and technical summaries were prepared and issued in 2003 and 2007. In 2017 a number of changes were made to the Review and Evaluation Program through ESSB 5254. With the changes to the Buildable Lands Program, the Legislature appropriated funds to the Department of Commerce to update the existing Buildable Lands guidance, the first comprehensive update to the guidance since 2000. This project will involve an analysis of how existing Buildable Lands reports are being performed,will engage a wide array of stakeholders and diverse steering committee, and will develop a new set of guidance to be used by those responsible for developing the Buildable Lands report.
Over the next few months, Commerce’s consultant, LDC, Inc., will be reaching out to stakeholders to gather input as well as hosting a handful of more focused Steering Committee meetings to complete this project by the December 1, 2018 deadline.
This webpage will serve as the project’s new bulletin for all project materials, timelines, and upcoming public meetings (date, time, location, agenda), any meeting minutes, and any documents for review. This page sill be updated as the project progresses. Please check back periodically for any updates.
Executive Steering Committee
The Executive Steering Committee is scheduled to meet four times in the next few months (Agendas TBD):
Thursday, March 1, 2018; 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Agenda
Department of Commerce – Columbia Room
Department of Commerce, Olympia
Thursday, March 15, 2018; 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
PSRC Conference Room
Puget Sound Regional Council Offices, Seattle
Thursday, March 29, 2018; 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
AWC Conference Room
Association of Washington Cities, Olympia