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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328


2020 Comprehensive Plan
Local Comprehensive Planning

In March of 2018, Columbia County, the City of Dayton and the Town of Starbuck entered into interlocal agreements allowing the Columbia County Planning and Building Department to act as the lead agency for implementation of a 2020 Comprehensive Plan update for each jurisdiction.

Using one lead agency and the same plan consultant for all three jurisdictions will allow for consistency and flow between the plans.

Columbia County Comprehensive Plan Information

City of Dayton Comprehensive Plan Information

Town of Starbuck Comprehensive Plan Information


The Big Picture

Comprehensive planning is a process of determining community goals and priorities in terms of land use development. Such planning addresses issues of transportation, capital facilities, utilities, land use, economic development, rural lands, parks and recreation, and housing.

A Comprehensive Plan is the resulting document that guides long-range land use and development regulations based on those determined priorities. It becomes the centerpiece of local planning by articulating the goals, objectives, policies, actions and standards that are intended to guide day-to-day decisions by elected officials and government staff.

The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), adopted in 1990, lists both mandatory and optional Comprehensive Plan Elements. 

Mandatory Comprehensive Plan Elements

  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Capital Facilities Plan
  • Utilities,
  • Rural Development (counties only)
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Ports (for cities with annual maritime port revenues over $60 million)

Optional Comprehensive Plan Elements

  • Conservation
  • Solar Energy
  • Recreation
  • Subarea Plans (neighborhoods, rural villages, urban growth areas, tribal? areas, etc.)
  • Ports (optional for cities with annual maritime port revenues of 420 million to $6o million)

Learn more about comprehensive planning and the Growth Management Act. 

Public Input

All three jurisdictions solicited comprehensive plan amendment applications for their 2020 Comprehensive Plans via the use of the Docket Form. Each jurisdiction held a public hearing and final docket items have been approved as listed below.

Final Dayton 2020 Comprehensive Plan Docket List

Final Columbia County 2020 Comprehensive Plan Docket List

Final Starbuck 2020 Comprehensive Plan Docket List

To receive updates on the Comprehensive Plan progress and docket item amendments please email or call the Planning Department at 382-4676 and ask to be included on the Comprehensive Plan mailing list.



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