Comprehensive Growth Management Plan
About the Comprehensive Plan
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 (2015-2035).
The current plan is the 2016 Clark County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan approved by the Board of County Councilors on June 21, 2016. The adopting ordinance No. 2016-06-12 was approved on June 28, 2016 to go into effect ten (10) days after adoption as provided by law, except for school, parks, and traffic impact fees, which will take effect on January 1, 2017.
Comprehensive Plan Appeal
On July 22, 2016, Friends of Clark County and Futurewise filed a petition with the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) for review of the comprehensive plan and development regulations update. On August 26, Clark County Citizens United filed a petition for review.
- Friends of Clark County and Futurewise Petition for Review
- Clark County Citizens United Petition for Review
The GMHB combined the two appeals, and also included the appeal of the rural industrial land bank sites that the county designated in April of 2016. The hearing before the GMHB was held on February 8. It is expected that the Hearings Board will rule on the appeals on or about March 23.
Updating the Comprehensive Plan
State law also requires these plans be updated according to a schedule. The 2016 update was Clark County's implementation of the state requirement to "review and revise, if needed" the county's growth plan. The previous update was in 2007.
Less extensive revisions to the comprehensive plan are allowed on an annual basis through the annual review or plan amendment process (when requested by the public or non-county jurisdictions) and through a simultaneous county-initiated docket process.