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December 14, 2021:  The King County Council unanimously adopted the 2021 Urban Growth Capacity Report and 2021 Countywide Planning Policies.  The next step will be for the Council Clerk to send the documents out the cities for ratification, consistent with CPP FW-1. 

July 1, 2021: GMPC approved 2021 Countywide Planning Policies and 2021 Urban Growth Capacity Report transmitted to King County Council 

June 19, 2021: Proposed Countywide Planning Policies released to GMPC

May 31, 2021: Environmental Review for 2021 Countywide Planning Policies released

March 31, 2021: Public Review Draft Released


Background and Purpose 

The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) create a shared framework for growth management planning for all jurisdictions in King County. The CPPs implement the Washington State Growth Management Act and the VISON 2050 Multicounty Planning Policies, adopted by the Puget Sound Regional Council in 2020. The comprehensive plan for King County and city comprehensive plans are developed from the framework that the CPPs create. Countywide Planning Policies are being updated in advance of the 2024 periodic update of comprehensive plans to reflect a number of changes to the regional policy framework and to reflect new priorities addressing equity and social justice within our communities.

The Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC), which brings together elected officials from King County and the cities, develops and recommends the CPPs to the King County Council. The GMPC is expected to take action on the CPPs at their meeting on June 23, 2021 (Click here to see 2021 GMPC CPP Update Schedule).

Here is a quick overview/presentation on the CPPs Update Process.

Read the legacy 2012 King County Countywide Planning Policies, and view historical Amendments.

Note: If the following links return an error page, you can access them by saving them to your computer or right-clicking and selecting "Open link in incognito window." 

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Miller, AICP
Comprehensive Planning Manager
Performance, Strategy and Budget