2018 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 Comprehensive Plan is amended annually through the “Docket Process” which provides citizens an opportunity to suggest changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Development regulations.  In addition to annual amendments, the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A) requires counties and cities to conduct a mandatory “periodic update” at least once every eight years.  The County’s periodic update is due in June 2018.     

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.
  1. February Planning Commission briefing

    On February 15, 2019, the Planning Commission will be briefed on the Economic Development Council's draft of proposed amendments to the Economic Development Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Read on...
  2. Comprehensive Plan Update Project Status

    Department of Community Development posted a project bulletin regarding project status and next steps in 2019. Read on...
  3. DCD Presentations to County Council on February 11, 2019

    Department of Community Development (DCD) staff will discuss the Lopez Village Subarea Plan and 2018 Comp. Plan Workshops with County Council on Monday, February 11, 2019. Read on...
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Please see the following bulletin for the January 2019 Project Status:


How to Participate


If you would like to be notified of open houses, public meetings, hearings or other 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. Comments can be sent to compplancomments@sanjuanco.com.