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November 2015

After six intensive months of work, the Public Review Draft of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update in now available.  The 2016 update is a major four-year review of the Comprehensive Plan, and the 2016 Public Review Draft represents an important step in the update process.  The draft includes proposed changes to Policies, Area zoning and land use studies and Code Amendments.  These changes respond to Motion 14351 - the Scope of Work Topical Areas.  As noted below, there are four community meetings scheduled and public comment will be accepted until January 6, 2016.  

See the news item below and read more in the November Comp Plan e-newsletter.

Following the release of the Public Review Draft, King County has scheduled four community meetings to share and listen to community members comments. Please join us at:

  • Vashon/Maury Island 
    Monday, November 9 
    6:30 to 8:30 PM 
    McMurray Middle School 
    9329 Cemetery Road SW, Vashon

  • Four Creeks/Maple Valley/SE King County
    Tuesday, November 17 
    6:30  to 8:30 PM 
    Maple Valley Sheriff Precinct 3 
    22300 SE 231st, King County
  • West Hill/North Highline/West King County 
    Thursday,  Nov. 19 
    6:30  to 8:30 PM 
    Fire District 20 Administration Building 
    12424 76th Avenue South, Skyway
  • Snoqualmie Valley/Bear Creek-Sammamish 
    Wednesday, December 2
    6:30  to 8:30 PM 
    Fall City Fire Station No. 27 
    4301 334th Place SE, Fall City

King County will release the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Public Review Draft on November 6, 2015, via the County's website and through an email notice sent to the Comprehensive Plan mailing list (note: join the mailing list by clicking the envelope icon to the right).

The Public Comment Period will continue until January 6, 2016.  Following this, departments will finalize the "Executive Recommended Draft" and transmit to the County Council on March 1, 2016.  

Read more in the October Comp Plan e-Newsletter.

The kick-off for the 2016 four-year update of the King County Comprehensive Plan began with the development and transmittal of the Scope of Work.

The Scope of Work is a high-level assessment of the topical issue to be addressed in the subsequent update of the Plan.  It also informs the public and the King County Council as to the range and types of issues to be considered.

On May 11, 2015, the Council adopted Motion 14351, which includes the Scope of Work and Public Participation Plan.  Subsequent review and action on the plan by the Council is expected in the Fall of 2016.  See the Overview of 2016 KCCP Update Schedule in the sidebar for next steps in the update process.  

Read more in the May Comp Plan e-newsletter.

After two months of working with departments and community organizations, the Executive transmitted a Scope of Work for the 2016 Update to the Comprehensive Plan, per King County Code 20.18.160.  The Scope of Work is a high-level assessment of the topical issue to be addressed in the subsequent update of the Plan. The themes of the Scope of Work are centered around the four priorities of Executive Constantine: equity and social justice, climate change, regional mobility, and best run government.

Read more in the March Comp Plan e-Newsletter

About the Comprehensive Plan:

The King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) is the guiding policy document for all land use and development regulations in unincorporated King County, and for regional services throughout the County including transit, sewers, parks, trails and open space. For more information, read the Schedule Overview below or read about the History of the Plan.

The current plan is the 2012 King County Comprehensive Plan (2013 Update), adopted December 3, 2012 and updated November 4, 2013 by the King County Council.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan

Every year the Comprehensive Plan can be amended to address technical updates and make revisions that do not require substantive policy changes. KCC 20.18.070

Every fourth year, the "Four-Year Cycle" process occurs to conduct a complete review of the plan. In this review, broader policy issues can be addressed and the plan amended accordingly.

Site-specific land use changes are considered either annually or every fourth year, depending on the extent of change proposed. KCC 20.18.060

See the amendment process for detailed information about proposing changes to the KCCP.

For more information please contact:

Ivan Miller, AICP
Comprehensive Planning Manager
Performance, Strategy and Budget

Karen Wolf, AICP
Senior Policy Analyst
Performance, Strategy and Budget