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Award Winning Growth Management
in King County


The state Growth Management Act requires large and fast-growing counties and cities to work together to manage population, housing, and job growth, preserve the environment, and protect farm and forest land. 

King County has been remarkably successful in carrying out the GMA.  Since 1994, an increasing share of new growth has been focused within the designated Urban Growth Area.  Currently, more than 97% of new residential construction is occurring within Urban Growth Areas, and a large share of the most recent housing and job growth is taking place in designated Urban Centers. There are 51,000 acres of agricultural land in production, and more than 14,500 acres have been permanently preserved. Under GMA, King County is helping to create great communities where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.


In recognition of these achievements in planning, King County has received several awards including:

  • VISION 2040 awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Smart Communities Awards from the Washington State Governor's Office and
  • Lifetime Achievement award from Governor Jay Inslee for successful efforts in implementing the GMA (pictured)


Other WA State Agencies Growth Management efforts: