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On September 30, 2019, the King County Executive transmitted to the King County Council the proposed 2020 update to the King County Comprehensive Plan as Proposed Ordinance 2019-0413.  The 2020 Comprehensive Plan is a "midpoint" update, which is limited to the items identified in the Scoping Motion adopted in early 2019. The transmittal also includes the Skyway-West Hill Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan. The legislation will be referred to the Mobility and Environment Committee for review, with possible adoption by the full Council in June 2020.  

Please check back to this website for more information the Council’s review of the proposal.  You can also stay up to date on 2020 Comprehensive Plan & Skyway-West Hill CSA Subarea Plan news, schedules, and committee agendas by signing up for the Council’s Comprehensive Plan email list

Skyway-West Hill CSA Background

As part of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan transmittal, the Skyway-West Hill CSA Subarea Plan is included for consideration.  A CSA Plan is a long range land use plan that applies the countywide goals of the King County Comprehensive Plan to a smaller geographic area.  You can learn more about King County’s CSA Planning Program, including the schedule for future CSA planning activities in other unincorporated areas, here.

Development of the Executive’s proposed Skyway-West Hill CSA Plan was informed by an intensive community outreach process that began in July 2018.  More information on the Executive’s outreach can be found here.

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. Ordinance 18810 modifies the schedule for updating the Comprehensive Plan to include an annual, midpoint, and eight-year updates. The annual update 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 midpoint update, an optional update authorized for year 4 of the eight-year cycle, is limited to what is included in motion describing the scope of work. The eight-year update is a full review and update to the entire Comprehensive Plan, and is mandated by the Growth Management Act requirements. The midpoint update and eight-year update consider a 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 and in 2018 by Ordinance 18810. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan was the fifth major update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.


If you have questions about the Council’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan process, please email

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