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The King County Benchmark Program is not currently being updated with new data.  The program is being revised to align with the newly updated King County Countywide Planning Policies. Updates of our progress in revising the Benchmark Program will be provided here.

Established in 1995, following adoption of the original King County Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs), the Benchmark program was designed to measure progress in implementing the CPPs.  Benchmark Program indicators help show the impact of policies and practices related to land use and development on our quality of life.  Using the structure of the CPPs, the Benchmark Program was organized around five policy areas that addresses growth management issues in King County:

Upcoming Changes to the Benchmarks

Following two years of interjurisdictional collaboration, the CPPs were updated in 2012 to ensure consistency with current state law and state agency guidance; and to align with the newly adopted regional growth strategy found in VISION 2040.

Updates to the Benchmark Program will be folded in to emerging work of Performance Measurement, together with an effort formerly known as AIMs High.  The updated Benchmark page will provide links to other agencies which already provide ongoing measurement of Economy, Environment, and Transportation indicators. Two areas, Land Use and Housing, will point to indicators on the Performance Reporting page.

Meanwhile, selected indicators from the original set of 45 Benchmark indicators are archived by growth management topic with links on the left navigation bar of this page.

Due to staffing constraints, the current Benchmarks will not be updated while the program is being revised.  In the meantime, we encourage you to visit Communities Count: Social & Health Indicators Across King County.

Updates of our progress in revising the Benchmark Program will be provided here.