Growth Management Act Laws and Rules

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Current Growth Management Act Rulemaking

The Department of Commerce is preparing to review and update the administrative rules for the Growth Management Act (GMA). Commerce will finalize rulemaking by June 20. 2022 so that local governments have clear guidance on how to implement GMA requirements before the next round of periodic updates to local plans and regulations. For more information about the update, please visit our EZ View site: Growth Management Act WAC Update

Growth Management Act Amendments

The following is a link to a summary of GMA amendments from 1995 to 2020. Growth Management Act Amendments 1995-2020

Growth Management Act RCWs

Chapter 36.70A RCW – Growth Management-Planning by Selected Counties and Cities

Chapter 36.70B RCW – Local Project Review

Chapter 36.70C RCW – Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions

Washington Administrative Code (Rules)

Chapter 365-185 WAC – Procedures for management of growth management planning and environmental review fund

Chapter 365-190 WAC – Minimum guidelines to classify agriculture, forest, mineral lands and critical areas

Chapter 365-195 WAC – Best Available Science

Chapter 365-196 WAC – Procedural criteria for adopting comprehensive plans and development regulations

Chapter 365-197 WAC – Project Consistency

Chapter 365-198 WAC – Interlocal terms and conditions for the transfer of development rights

Chapter 365-199 WAC – Procedures for making a determination of compliance for jurisdictions seeking voluntary reversion to partial planning status