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 on track to be adopted by the end of 2022. The Planning Commission held public hearings during the Summer of 2022 and made a recommendation on the draft Comprehensive Plan and Official Maps on September 16. The County Council reviewed the Planning Commission's recommendation at briefings between September 12 - November 7. The County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing to adopt the Comprehensive Plan Update on November 29, 2022. 

  1. Public Hearing
  2. Staff Version
  3. Planning Commission Version
  4. Current Comp Plan

How to Participate  


  1. Read the staff memo, linked HERE. Combined memo with attachments (1600 pages) HERE
  2. Review the draft ordinance, Plan elements, appendices, and official maps posted on the tabs to the right.   
  3. Submit written comments by sending an email to: compplancomments@sanjuanco.com.
  4. Attend the November 29, 2022 public hearing online or in-person in Friday Harbor. Provide testimony during the public hearing. 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 III at sophiac@sanjuanco.com or (360) 370-7589.

Past Staff Reports (Starting with Planning Commission July 15, 2022 Public Hearing)

July 5, 2022 Staff Report for July 15, 2022 Planning Commission Public Hearing (includes draft ordinance and all exhibits)

August 8, 2022 Staff Report for August 19, 2022 Planning Commission OFFICIAL MAPS Public Hearing (includes draft Official Maps as exhibits T, U, and V of the draft ordinance). Presentation Slides.

September 1, 2022 Staff Report for September 16, 2022 Planning Commission public hearing on the proposed Friday Harbor Urban Growth Area expansion at Jensen Marina and surrounding properties. Presentation slides

Summary of the Planning Commission's September 16, 2022 recommendations regarding proposed Official Map changes

September 28, 2022 staff report for the October 3 and 10 County Council Official Maps briefings. 

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