Growth Management Act Periodic Update

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Every county and city in the state is required to conduct a periodic update of its comprehensive plan and development regulations, though the obligation varies depending on whether the jurisdiction is fully or partially planning (RCW 36.70A.130(1)). Growth Management Services provides resources for completing the periodic update.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Periodic Update (PDF)
GMA Update Schedule Map (PDF)
Guidebook: Keeping Your Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Current, 2016 (PDF)

State Resources for the GMA Update of Comprehensive Plans and Development Regulations, 2016 (PDF)

GENERAL CHECKLISTS:
Periodic Update Checklist for Cities, 2016 (Word)
Periodic Update Checklist for Counties, 2016 (Word)
Expanded Checklist for Comprehensive Plans (Word)
Expanded Checklist for Development Regulations (Word)

CRITICAL AREAS REGULATIONS CHECKLIST:
Checklist for Critical Areas (Word)
Critical Areas WAC Amendments April 2017 (pdf)

GOOD EXAMPLES:
1. Resolutions Announcing Completion of the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations updates,
and Declaring Critical Areas Regulations review is in Progress (Phase 1 Complete):
Resolution: Phase 1 Update Completed – City of Bellevue 2016 (PDF)
Resolution: Phase 1 Update Completed – City of Edmonds 2016 (PDF)

2. Resolution Announcing Completion of the entire Periodic Update Process:
Resolution: Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Updated – City of Redmond 2016 (PDF)
Resolution: Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Updated – Town of Wilkeson 2015 (PDF)
Resolution: Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Updated – City of Federal Way 2015 (PDF)
Resolution: Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Updated – Snohomish County 2015 (PDF)

3. Ordinance Adopting final Development Regulation updates and Declaring Update Process Complete:
Ordinance: Adoption and Completion of Update – City of Ridgefield 2016 (PDF)

PERIODIC UPDATE COMPLIANCE:

    Counties and cities must be in compliance with the requirements of the GMA, including the periodic update requirements, to be eligible for grants and loans from certain state infrastructure programs.  Growth Management Services maintains a list of local governments that are in compliance to help applicants and funding programs  implement this requirement.  When you take legislative action that meets your update requirement, make sure you send the adopting ordinance or legislation to Commerce, clearly identifying it as part of the update.  This will allow Commerce to keep information about your city or county complete and up to date.
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