What is the Purpose of a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is the official document that establishes a series of goals, policies, and benchmarks to guide the future development of the city, including development regulation decisions of elected officials and local government staff.
The comprehensive planning process builds consensus and commitment on these goals and policies from elected and appointed officials, staff, the overall community, and other interested parties. The final adopted comprehensive plan allows the city to be proactive and manage its growth to achieve the community’s vision.
Growth Management in Washington State
Comprehensive planning in Washington is performed under the Growth Management Act (GMA), a legislative package requiring certain cities and counties to adopt comprehensive plans to manage population growth. The City of Mountlake Terrace is required to plan under the GMA and must adopt a comprehensive plan satisfying the requirements by December 2024.
The Office of Financial Management is tasked with developing population projections for each jurisdiction. Mountlake Terrace is required to determine where growth (population, housing units, and jobs) should occur and use their comprehensive planning process to make sure the city can accommodate the projections (RCW 36.70A.115).
The comprehensive plan is organized into Elements, which include the following:
- Economic Vitality
- Land Use
- Recreation, Parks, and Open Space
- Capital Facilities
Recent changes to state law also need to be addressed through the comprehensive planning process, such as housing affordability, equity, and climate change.
The GMA places an emphasis on implementation, since most goals and polices in a comprehensive plan cannot be achieved without strong regulatory and financial support (such as zoning, capital spending, and non-capital spending).
How To Get Involved:
1) Attend a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group meeting. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at City Hall Council Chambers and via Zoom.
Meetings are open to the public and there is opportunity for public comment.
2) Learn more about comprehensive planning and Vision 2044 by viewing the Comprehensive Plan 101 Workshop Video. The agenda and notes with the presentation can be found on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group Agenda Page
3) Share your comments and feedback by visiting the SEPA Scoping/Online Open House linked above on the sidebar or here: https://arcg.is/1j48PS
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE
The Online Open House is broken up into different topic areas consistent with the comprehensive plan Elements, and each category features a series of questions that you can answer to help inform the development of the Vision 2044 comprehensive plan update.
Comments Due: December 13, 2023, 11:59pm (see Determination of Significance/Scoping Notice and Request for Comments below)
Note: Comments will be accepted past this date, as we will continue to review as we further develop the comprehensive plan update.
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