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On March 1, 2018, the King County Executive transmitted to the King County Council the proposed 2018 update to the 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan as Proposed Ordinance 2018-0153. The 2018 update is a limited, annual cycle update, and will be focused on proposed changes to the County’s comprehensive planning schedule and to the subarea planning program. After several briefings, on September 12, 2018, the Planning, Rural Service and Environment Committee amended the legislation, and made a do-pass recommendation on the Proposed Ordinance. 

Please check back to this website for more information the Council’s review of the proposal. You can also stay up to date on 2018 Comprehensive Plan news, schedules, and committee agendas by signing up for the Council’s Comprehensive Plan email list.

Public comment opportunities

The following opportunities for public comment on the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update will be provided during the Council’s review of the proposed plan. These dates are subject to change and updates will be posted accordingly.

  • The Planning, Rural Service and Environment Committee held a series of briefings on the proposed plan in the spring and summer of 2018. Public comments on the proposal were taken at the committee briefings currently scheduled for on April 3May 1July 17, September 4 and September 12.
  • A formal public hearing, with the opportunity for public testimony before the full King County Council, is scheduled to be held on October 29.
  • Written comments on the proposed plan can also be submitted throughout the Council’s review. Comments can be easily be submitted electronically, by either emailing or clicking on the “Contact Us” button in the right-hand corner of this webpage.

More details about the Council’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update review schedule can be found here. The Council looks forward to your involvement in the review of the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan update.

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 limited changes, technical corrections, adoption of subarea plans, and adoption of land use changes that do not amend the Urban Growth Area. The “four-year cycle” update is considered a larger-scale update to the plan and, unlike annual updates, allows for consideration of broader substantive policy changes and potential revisions to the Urban Growth Area.

The current plan is the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by the King County Council on December 5, 2016 and was amended in 2017 by Ordinance 18623. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan was the fifth major update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.


If you have questions about the Council’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan process, please email

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