Skip to main content
King County logo

On March 1, the King County Executive transmitted to the King County Council the proposed 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan as Proposed Ordinance 2016-0155. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan will be the fifth major update to the plan, which occurs once every four years. The Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will review the proposed plan update over several months. The committee is anticipated to vote on a recommended 2016 Comprehensive Plan in July, with possible final adoption by the full King County Council in September.

Public comment opportunities

The following is the current schedule of opportunities for public comment on the proposed 2016 Comprehensive Plan. This schedule is subject to change and any updates will be shared publicly.

  • The Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a series of briefings on the proposed plan throughout the spring and summer of 2016, with the opportunity for public comment on the proposed plan following each briefing.
  • The Committee of the Whole will host a special night meeting on the evening of April 6, where public comment on the 2016 Comprehensive Plan will be taken.
  • A formal public hearing before the full King County Council will be held in Fall 2016 prior to final adoption of the plan.
  • Residents are also able to submit written testimony on the proposed plan online.

Stay up to date on 2016 Comprehensive Plan news, schedules, and committee agendas by signing up for the Council’s Comprehensive Plan email list.

Actions to date

Development of the Executive’s proposed 2016 Comprehensive Plan was informed by a Scoping Motion that the King County Council adopted in May 2015. After many months of work over the course of 2015, the Executive then issued a Public Review Draft of the proposed 2016 Comprehensive Plan in November 2015, which was open for public comment through January 2016. The Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee held a briefing on the Public Review Draft on December 1, 2015.

About the King County Comprehensive Plan

The King County Comprehensive Plan is the guiding policy document for land use and development regulations in unincorporated King County, and for regional services throughout the County including transit, sewers, parks, trails, and open space.

The King County Code (K.C.C. 20.18.030) allows for updates to the Comprehensive Plan on either an annual or a once-every-four-years basis, depending on the scope of the change. The annual cycle allows for minor changes, technical corrections, and land use changes that do not amend the Urban Growth Area. The “four-year cycle” update is considered a major update to the plan and, unlike annual updates, allows for consideration of substantive policy changes and potential revisions to the Urban Growth Area.

The current plan is the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by the King County Council on December 3, 2012, and was updated in 2013 and 2014. The 2012 Comprehensive Plan was the fourth major update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.


If you have questions about the Council’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan process, please email

Contact the Council
Main phone: