2036 Comprehensive Plan Update

Background and Purpose

The Comprehensive Plan is the centerpiece of local planning in the County.  Like a business plan, the Comprehensive plan provides the framework for how our community will grow.

The Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A) requires counties and cities to conduct a mandatory “periodic update” at least once every eight years. San Juan County is currently in the process of completing a periodic update.

There are three primary purposes of the update:  

  •  Review plan and regulations and bring them up to date
     with any relevant changes to state law and the Growth
     Management Act (GMA); 
  •  Respond to changes in land use and population; and
  •  Address any local preferences or needs.

Roadmap to Adoption in 2022

The Comprehensive Plan update is slated to be adopted by the end of 2022. The following is a timeline of major remaining steps that still need to be completed before adoption. 

  • Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan Update Public Hearing, excluding Official Maps: July 15, 2022
  • Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan Update Official Maps Public Hearing: August 19, 2022
  • County Council briefings on the Planning Commission’s recommended draft Comprehensive Plan Update: Late Summer - Fall 2022
  • County Council public hearings: Late Fall 2022
  1. Draft Elements
  2. Official Map Changes
  3. Draft Ordinance

To view the latest drafts of the Comprehensive Plan Elements and Appendices, please visit the Comprehensive Plan Update Current Drafts page. 

The Planning Commission’s public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Update (excluding Official Map changes) is scheduled for July 15, 2022.

Staff reports, presentations, and public comments related to Comprehensive Plan Elements and Appendices are posted on the Comprehensive Plan Elements page. 

How to Participate  


  • Review the Plan element drafts and proposed Official Map changes and send comments to: compplancomments@sanjuanco.com.
  • Attend public meetings and public hearings online and in-person in Friday Harbor to make comments during public access and to provide testimony during public hearings. Planning Commission meeting information is available HERE. County Council meeting information is available HERE
  • If you would like to be notified of opportunities to participate the update process, please sign up for notifications under the heading “News Flash” and "Comprehensive Plan Update" here: http://sanjuanco.com/list.aspx . Individual notices of events and opportunities will also be sent to print and online newspapers and blogs, posted on the County website and otherwise broadly distributed.

    QUESTIONS? Contact Sophia Cassam, Planner II at sophiac@sanjuanco.com or (360) 370-7589.

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