Natural Resource Lands
All jurisdictions in Washington state need to determine where natural resource industries, including forestry, agricultural, mining, and fisheries industries, can productively operate, and use land-use controls to designate and conserve the necessary lands and to avoid conflicts with these industries from other land uses.
The goal is to continue natural resource production activities on these designated lands by avoiding interference from other incompatible land uses, such as residential housing. The requirement to classify, designate and protect natural resource lands (and critical areas) applies to all jurisdictions in the state, in recognition of the essential role of these lands in supporting economic productivity and healthy ecological systems.
Governor’s Smart Communities Awards Program
GMA Laws and Rules
GMA Periodic Update
Growth Management Grants
Growth Management Topics
Guidebooks and Resources
Defense Community Compatibility
Regional Planners’ Forums
Short Course on Local Planning
Submitting Materials to the State for Review