Update Years for Comprehensive Plans

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Counties required to plan under RCW 36.70A.040 must review and, if necessary, revise their comprehensive plans every seven years (RCW 36.70A.130). Counties with a "*" only need to update their critical areas and resource land designations as these counties do not have to comply with all of the GMA's comprehensive plan requirements.

2011: Clark, Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom Counties.

2012: Cowlitz*, Island, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, and Skamania* Counties.

2013: Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Yakima, and Spokane Counties

2014: Adams,* Asotin*, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grays Harbor*, Lincoln*, Okanogan*, Pacific, Pend Orielle, Stevens, Wahkiakum*, Walla Walla, and Whitman* Counties

Unclear is the State Legislature's three year extension for small and slow growing counties which was given in the first go around (RCW 36.70A.130(5)). For these counties that opted for the three year extension, the second update may be later than listed.


Statewide News, April 2008

Bull trout to keep protected status, The News Tribune, April 30


King County News, April 2008

Simple tools used to envision solutions for complex problems, Seattle P-I, April 30
Weaker environmental review allows more U-District construction, The Daily of UW, April 30
King County Council Backs Affordable Workforce Housing, Seattle Medium, April 30
Steering growth to Seattle, urban areas, Seattle Times, April 25
Denny-Sealth meeting: 4 Denny-site future options, and more, West Seattle Blog, April 23
A big, new growth management plan is already outgrown, Crosscut.com, April 22
Building in urban centers gets boost, Seattle P-I, April 22
New light rail clears way for an MLK makeover, Seattle Times, April 21
Mayor's idea to update neighborhood plans met with skepticism, Seattle P-I, Apri 19
Seattle Process demystified: an introduction to neighborhood planning, Crosscut.com, April 18
Council takes ‘field trip’ through Town Center sites, Sammamish Reporter, April 18
Council to vote on Duthie Hill ‘Notch’ proposal Monday, Sammamish Reporter, April 18
Camp Long and the Longfellow Creek Watershed, West Seattle Herald, April 17
A lesson in citizenship, Woodinville Weekly, April 16
Seattle Initiative seeks to improve life for Blacks, poor, FinalCall.com News, April 16
Editorial: Finally, zoning modernization, West Seattle News, April 15
City modernizing development code, West Seattle News, April 15
Tree cutting for scenic reasons nothing new in Seattle, Seattle P-I, April 14
1st Design Review meeting for 2 precedent-setting projects, West Seattle Blog, April 10
Historic house in nature's paradise will soon be available to vacationers, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, April 9
Still room for more folks in King County, West Seattle Herald, April 7


Kitsap County News, April 2008

For a Moment, Region's Growth Challenges Are Child's Play, Kitsap Sun, April 30
Angel Votes Against Regional Growth Plan, Kitsap Sun April 25
Updated Shoreline Regulations Coming on Bainbridge, Kitsap Sun, April 18
State Residents Burning Less Gas, Kitsap Sun, April 17
Around the island: Second CAO meeting slated, Bainbridge Island Review, April 16
Private SKIA Landowners Support Bremerton Annexation, Kitsap Sun, April 14
Port Orchard Public Asked for Comp Plan Input, Kitsap Sun, April 9
PO Taps Public for Input on Comp Plan, Kitsap Sun Blog, April 8
Annexation put on ‘pause’, North Kitsap Herald, April 5
McCormick Woods Submits Annexation Petition to Port Orchard, Kitsap Sun, April 4


Pierce County News, April 2008

Tacoma’s Titlow Park lagoons could be used to restore salmon, The News Tribune, April 29
Asarco smelter site developer seeks break on taxes, The News Tribune, April 25
Waterfront project wants tax break from Tacoma, The News Tribune, April 24
Council vote could advance THA, Rhodes Center deal, Tacoma Daily Index, April 24
Funds dwindle as Sumner roads crumble, Puyallup Herald, April 17
Becoming part of the city, Peninsula Gateway, April 23
Tacoma takes another look at shoreline rules, The News Tribune, April 14
Survey highlights downtown challenges, opportunities, Tacoma Daily Index, April 10
Will we see hotels at nation’s parks?, The News Tribune, April 9
Report urges more money to buy private land within park boundaries, The News Tribune, April 8
Survey highlights downtown challenges, opportunities, Tacoma Daily Index, April 10
State might need new nickname, The News Tribune, April 1


Snohomish County News, April 2008

Riverfront developer unfazed by downturn in economy, HeraldNet, April 30
Wild Sky Wilderness bill finally clears Congress, HeraldNet, April 30
Governing structure needs an overhaul, HeraldNet, April 29
County adding acres to Paradise Valley greenbelt, HeraldNet, April 29
Letter: Can't trust those doing the counting, Herald Net, April 29
Ban on mini-cities considered, HeraldNet, April 25
Opinion: TDR: balancing the goals of conservation and growth, Seattle Times, April 16
Letter: Can't build without infrastructure, HeraldNet, April 15
Japanese Gulch land may stay open space, HeraldNet, April 14
Seattle forest donor is one in a million, Seattle Times, April 11
$500,000 pledged to Heybrook Ridge, Seattle Times, April 9
Your chance to weigh in on 7 Everett projects, HeraldNet, April 9
Lake Stevens council revises rules on wetlands, HeraldNet, April 9
Snohomish County may buy land for trail, HeraldNet, April 7
Stanwood might allow businesses near homes, HeraldNet, April 7
Snohomish County may require new houses to blend in with neighborhoods, HeraldNet, April 7
Letter to the Editor: Citizens have challenged rules, HeraldNet, April 7
Gold Bar wants county to ease up on growth limit, HeraldNet, April 1


Clallam County News, April 2008

Citizen input, managing growth top council goals, Sequim Gazette, April 16


Clark County News, April 2008

VHA drops plans for Kyocera site, The Columbian, April 21
Vancouver sues to stop Cowlitz casino, The Daily News, April 1


Cowlitz County News, April 2008

Court calls for review of protections for Southwest Washington cutthroat trout, The Daily News, April 21


Island County News, April 2008

Homola challenges McDowell on growth, Whidbey News-Times, April 19
Casey Conference Center expansion questioned, Whidbey Examiner, April 11
Bike plan calls for maps, lanes, Whidbey News-Times, April 5


Jefferson County News, April 2008

Planning group votes against Port Townsend car ferry idea as top option during bridge closure, Peninsula Daily News, April 23
Most at Port Townsend town meeting support taxes for services, Peninsula Daily News, April 23
Port Townsend town meeting to focus on how to pay for services, Peninsula Daily News, April 16


Mason County News, April 2008

Rules Would Curb Septic Use in Belfair Core, Kitsap Sun, April 5


Thurston County News, April 2008

Editorial: Property owners need certainty on land-use issue, The Olympian, April 29
State board upholds plan, The Olympian, April 23
Thurston County starts Grand Mound growth plan, The Olympian, April 14


Whatcom County News, April 2008

Whatcom Land Trust buys 90 acres of marine shoreland, Bellingham Herald, April 18
Some municipal projects to be exempt from critical areas rule, Bellingham Herald, April 15
City gets lesson on affordable housing from others’ trials, Bellingham Herald, April 13
Co-op school moves to buy land, Bellingham Herald, April
Water, sewer facility subject of discussions, Bellingham Herald, April 5


Benton County News, April 2008

Low-income county housing plan requested at Kennewick City Council meeting, Tri-City Herald, April 9


Chelan County News, April 2008

Chelan PUD will participate in park buffer talks, Wenatchee World, April 30
Owners of cabins on Forest Service land may see increases in cost next year, Wenatchee World, April 25
Affordable-housing symposium set for Thursday, Wenatchee World, April 23
Orchardists appeal Rocky Reach trail extension, Wenatchee World, April 16


Kittitas County News, April 2008

Fish restoration plan OK'd by tribes, feds, Daily Record, April 21
Stay sought on three-acre ruling enforcement, Daily Record, April 19
County will appeal 'three-acre' state ruling, Daily Record, April 3


Okanogan County News, April 2008

Conservation, mining groups reach agreement on Buckhorn mining, Omak Chronicle, April 17


Spokane County News, April 2008

New advice on eating fish from Lake Roosevelt, Spokane River, Tri-City Herald, April 30
Downtown forging a fresh vision for the next 10 years, Spokane Journal of Business, April 3


Stevens County News, April 2008

County development roadblocks lifted, Eastern Washington Statesman Examiner, April 2


Walla Walla County News, April 2008

Ag-area proposals make no waves, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 3


Whitman County News, April 2008

Panel upholds WSU water rights, The News Tribune, April 25
State board sides with WSU on water dispute, Seattle Times, April 24


Yakima County News, April 2008

Dairy disputes lawsuit's claims, Yakima Herald, April 25
Environmentalists sue Outlook dairy over methanol emissions, Yakima Herald, April 24
Grant goes to fixing up homes across Yakima Valley, Yakima Herald, April 15
State buying rights to land on Konnowac Pass, Yakima Herald, April 15
Sunnyside council delays zone vote, Yakima Herald, April 15


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