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
- Capital Facilities Plan
- Rural Development (counties only)
- Economic Development
- Parks and Recreation
- Ports (for cities with annual maritime port revenues over $60 million)
Optional Comprehensive Plan Elements
- Solar Energy
- 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)