2017 Comprehensive Plan & Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan
On October 17, the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee took action on the proposed 2017 update to the 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan and the proposed adoption of the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan. The Committee voted to adopt the Executive’s proposed Striking Amendment S1 and approved individual amendments to the Striking Amendment. The Committee then voted to move the legislation (Proposed Ordinance 2017-0317), as amended, on to the full Council for consideration with a “do pass” recommendation. All of the amendments that were considered by the Committee can be found on the “Council Amendments” page of the website.
The legislation will now go to the full Council for further review and refinement, with a public hearing and possible final adoption scheduled for December 4. The Council will continue to take public comments on the proposed plan up until final adoption by the full Council.
Please check back to this website to track progress of the Council’s review of the plan. You can also stay up to date on 2017 Comprehensive Plan & Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan news, schedules, and committee agendas by signing up for the Council’s Comprehensive Plan email list.
Public comment opportunities
The following is the current schedule of opportunities for public comment on the proposed 2017 Comprehensive Plan & Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan. This schedule is subject to change and any updates will be posted accordingly.
- The Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee held a series of briefings on the proposed plan in the summer and fall of 2017. Public comments on the proposal were taken at the committee briefings held on September 19, October 4 and October 17.
- The Executive held a community meeting on October 12 on Vashon Island to hear public comments on the new version of the plan in proposed Striking Amendment S1.
- A formal public hearing, with the opportunity for public testimony before the full King County Council, is anticipated to be held on December 4 prior to final adoption of the plan later that same day.
- Written comments on the proposed plan are also welcome at any time during the Council’s review. Comments can be most easily submitted by emailing CouncilCompPlan@kingcounty.gov or by clicking on the “Submit online public testimony” button above.
Vashon-Maury Island CSA Background
The 2017 Comprehensive Plan update will be focused on the proposed Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan. A CSA Subarea Plan is a 20-year, multi-discipline, integrated policy document that applies the countywide goals of the King County Comprehensive Plan to a smaller geographic area. You can learn more about King County’s CSA Subarea Planning Program, including the schedule for future CSA planning activities in other unincorporated areas, here.
Development of the Executive’s proposed Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan was informed by an intensive community outreach process that began in March, 2016. More information on the Executive’s outreach can be found here.
On July 21, 2017, the Executive transmitted to the King County Council the proposed 2017 update to the Comprehensive Plan and the Vashon-Maury Island CSA Subarea Plan as Proposed Ordinance 2017-0317. The proposed plan was referred to the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee for review, amendment, and recommendation to the full Council. A Committee briefing on the transmittal was held on September 19. On October 3, the Executive transmitted an updated version of the proposed plan as Striking Amendment “S1”. The Striking Amendment was briefed in Committee on October 4 and a Committee vote took place on on October 17.
Further refinement of the proposed plan and potential final adoption by the full Council is scheduled to occur on December 4, 2017. The Council will continue to take public comments on the proposed plan up until final adoption by the full Council.
About the King County Comprehensive Plan
The King County Comprehensive Plan is the guiding policy document for land use and development regulations in unincorporated King County, and for regional services throughout the County including transit, sewers, parks, trails, and open space.
The King County Code (K.C.C. 20.18.030) allows for updates to the Comprehensive Plan on either an annual or a once-every-four-years basis, depending on the scope of the change. The annual cycle allows for minor changes, technical corrections, and land use changes that do not amend the Urban Growth Area. The “four-year cycle” update is considered a major update to the plan and, unlike annual updates, allows for consideration of substantive policy changes and potential revisions to the Urban Growth Area.
The current plan is the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by the King County Council on December 5, 2016. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan was the fifth major update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions about the Council’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan process, please email CouncilCompPlan@kingcounty.gov.