Growth Management related documents and resources

2018 Critical Areas Handbook

Commerce has completed updates to our critical areas guidance document. The new 2018 Handbook addresses the following: Wetlands rating system, Voluntary Stewardship Program, agricultural activities, FEMA Biological Opinion, availability of LiDAR, monitoring and adaptive management, a salmon recovery roadmap, and other issues. Also, a new chapter on monitoring and adaptive management has been added, highlighting 13 local government case studies on monitoring and adaptive management. Links to individual chapters are below.

Complete Handbook

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction: Reviewing and Updating Critical Areas Protection Programs
Chapter 2 – Resources for Designating and Protecting Critical Areas
Chapter 3 – Structuring Critical Areas Regulations
Chapter 4 – Critical Areas Protections and Other Laws and Regulations
Chapter 5 – Protection Critical Areas in Natural Resources Lands
Chapter 6 – Non-regulatory Incentive Programs – Opportunities for Critical Areas Protection and Restoration
Chapter 7 – Monitoring and Adaptive Management of Critical Areas Regulations
More information is available on the Critical Areas page

Buildable Lands Report – Effectiveness Technical Report, 2007 (PDF)
Buildable Lands Summary Report – 2007 Evaluation Summary of Findings, 2007 (PDF)
Building Cities in the Rain – Guidance for Watershed Prioritization for Stormwater Retrofits, 2016 (PDF)
Building Cities in the Rain Project Development Page– Information and materials regarding the development of Building Cities in the Rain guidance (Website)
Capital Facilities Planning Guidebook, 2014 (PDF)
Climate Change – Addressing Climate Change through Comprehensive Planning under the GMA, 2008 (PDF)
Climate Change – Greenhouse Gas Analysis Tools, 2009 (PDF)
GMA and Related Laws Update Booklet, 2017 (PDF)
Housing Guidebook, 2018 (PDF)
Military Base Compatibility Report – Phase I Report on Practices and Approaches to Promote Compatible Civilian-Military Land Use Surrounding Military Bases and Training Ranges (RCW 36.70A.530), 2016 (PDF)
Regional Transfer of Development Rights Report, 2013 (PDF)
Short Course on Local Planning Resource Guide, Version 5.3 2017 (PDF)
Transportation Guidebook, 2012 (PDF)
Urban Growth Area Guidebook, 2012 (PDF)