Comprehensive plans are long-range policy guides for how a jurisdiction plans to manage growth and development with respect to the natural environment and available resources. Washington state law (36.70A.040 RCW) requires jurisdictions operating under the Growth Management Act (GMA) to develop and implement comprehensive plans and development regulations consistent with their respective comprehensive plans (36.70A RCW).
Clark County's comprehensive plan consists of a set of policies and maps meant to accommodate and guide population and employment growth in the unincorporated portion of the county over the next 20 years. The cities and town of Yacolt each developed and update plans separately from, but in coordination with, the county's plan.
State law also requires these plans be updated according to a schedule. The 2016 update is Clark County's implementation of the state requirement to "review and revise, if needed" the county's growth plan. For Clark County and the cities and town in it, this update is to be adopted by June 30, 2016 and focus on population and employment growth projected between 2015 and 2035. The last major update was in 2007.
Less extensive revisions to the comprehensive plan are allowed on an annual basis through the annual review process (when requested by the public or non-county jurisdictions) and through a simultaneous county-initiated docket process.