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(Dec. 2016) Comprehensive Plan adopted: Concluding a process that lasted almost two-years, the 2016 update of the King County Comprehensive Plan was adopted on December 5. 

(Dec. 2016) Docket Report:The County Executive transmitted the 2016 Docket Report to the Council on the first business day in December, per King County Code 20.18.140. The docket is a method by which citizens can propose a change to the Comprehensive Plan.

About the Comprehensive Plan

The King County Comprehensive Plan is the long-range 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.

King County uses the long-range comprehensive planning process to guide growth and protect natural resources, and results can be seen in viable resources lands, annexation of many urban areas into cities, and sustainable rates of growth in rural areas.

Additional information on the Plan can be found in the sidebars.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan

The Plan can be amended annually 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 page 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