2016 Plan Update

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About the 2016 update project

In July 2013, Clark County began the process of updating its Comprehensive Growth Management Plan to meet the 2016 periodic update requirement of the Growth Management Act (GMA; RCW 36.70A.140).

The 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the county to “….review, at least every eight years, its designated urban growth area, and the densities permitted within both the incorporated and unincorporated portions of each urban growth area (RCW 36.70A.130(a)).” Such revision shall be made “…to accommodate the urban growth projected to occur in the county for the succeeding twenty-year period.”

Clark County adopted a comprehensive plan in 1994, 2004 and 2007, with the most recent update required in June of 2016.

The 2016 Clark County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan was approved by the then Board of County Councilors on June 21, 2016. The adopting ordinance No. 2016-06-12 was approved on June 28, 2016 and went into effect ten (10) days later as provided by law. The school, parks, and traffic impact fees took effect on January 1, 2017.


Finding information on the 2016 update project

The following list of links provides information related to the 2016 update project. Besides each link is a brief description of the type of information that can be found at that location.

Plan adoption: Find information on the final phase of the project, including all hearing materials (documents, reports, code work and maps) that were reviewed by the public, state and local officials.

Meeting information: Lists meetings related to the comprehensive plan update.

Process and documents: Hosts important documents, presentations and decisions made by the Board of County Councilors throughout each phase of the project.

Options and impacts: Provides information on the environmental review process and alternatives that were considered for the comprehensive plan update (i.e. Scoping process, Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement).

Reference documents: Lists a variety of reference documents and information that was used to inform the comprehensive plan update.

Public documents and comments received: This site has been set up for documents sent in by the public relating to the 2016 comprehensive plan update. 

Public documents received on the compliance record:  This site has been set up for documents and comments sent in by the public relating to the compliance record.

Maps Online: Review the growth plan alternatives that were presented for the update project including the preferred alternative.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about comprehensive plans and the update process.

Background: Background information on Growth Management and comprehensive planning in Clark County.

NewsNews releases related to the 2016 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update.