Growth Management Resources

The Growth Management Act (GMA) comprehensive land use plans as well as the implementing regulations are subject to periodic updates.  These plans and regulations impact how our communities are anticipated to grow and evolve over the years—the location of areas for jobs and housing, parks and natural areas, and transportation and utility corridors.  Over the next few years, Washington counties and cities, fully or partially planning under the Growth Management Act, will be reviewing their comprehensive policy plans and implementing regulations for needed updates.  These plans and development regulations can have a tremendous impact on the real estate industry.  For this reason, the following resources are provided to help in understanding and participating in the comprehensive plan updates in your community:

1.) Washington Dept. of Commerce Short Course on Local Planning:


BASIC SHORT COURSE VIDEOS

SHORT COURSES ON LOCAL PLANNING

The Short Course on Local Planning is a three-hour workshop covering:

  • An overview of the complex mix of land use planning laws that work together to support land-use decision-making in Washington state;
  • An introduction to comprehensive planning and plan implementation under the Growth Management Act;
  • A review of the roles in planning and best practices for public participation; and
  • Mandatory training on the Open Public Meetings Act for local government officials.

UPCOMING 2017 SHORT COURSES ON LOCAL PLANNING

All courses are offered at no charge and are open to the public.

      • City of Dupont • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:15 - 9:15 pm
      • City of Kent • Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:15 - 9:15 pm
      • Yakima County • Monday, April 26, 2017, 6:15 - 9:15 pm
      • Ferry County • Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

HOW TO REGISTER:

Register at least one week prior to the course, by sending an email with your name, organization and title (if applicable) and the location of the short course you wish to attend to shortcourse@commerce.wa.gov or by leaving the same information at 360.725.3064.

HOST/SCHEDULE:

Please contact Anne Fritzel if you wish to arrange a Short Course for your community.

MORE INFORMATION

 

2.) Association of Washington Cities:

GMA Comp Plan Conversation Starters are a set of videos and discussion questions developed by the Association to help jurisdictions in updating GMA comprehensive plan and development regulations.  The videos are short and beneath each video is a link to excellent questions related to each video for descision makers and others to consider.  View the videos and questions here.



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