Process & Documents

Horizon 2040 Timeline, Spanning 2014 to 2017
The information below indicates and describes each phase of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.  Information related to each phase will be posted here.  Please keep checking back because we will add more information as it becomes available.
Pre-Planning
Planning staff will brief the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission and the Public on the Growth Management Act and how it drives the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.

 The Public Participation plan is developed during this phase.  The plan clearly identifies the scope of the comprehensive plan update, when legislative action is expected and how the public can participate or comment.
Plan Development
This phase will result in a draft of Comprehensive Plan Elements as identified in the Scope of Work.  As each element is completed it will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and with a request for public comments throughout this timeline.  As each element comes into focus the implementing measures in the development regulations codes will be evaluated for any necessary changes.  With a completion of a draft Comprehensive Plan, will begin the next phase in the update project, environmental review.

Ordinances

Environmental Review
This phase is where any changes in goals and policies are evaluated for potential environmental impacts.  Based on the assumption that there will not be a dramatic change in direction in Comprehensive Plan goals and policies it is anticipated that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will be conducted.  This phase includes the adoption of a Draft SEIS.  A Final SEIS must be adopted within 60 days of the Draft SEIS
Note: Request for Comments due November 13, 2015
Adoption
The final phase of the project is when the public and state and local officials review and comment on the overall plan.  The proposed plan will be sent to the Washington State Department of commerce for the official 60-day review period.  Any comments and issues from state agencies will be worked into the final draft as the Plan Commission concludes its review with public hearings.

The Planning Commission with then forward their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.  The BOCC then will hold hearings when the plan will be considered and officially adopted.