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2024 Update

The 2024 update of the King County Comprehensive Plan has begun. This update is the Washington State Growth Management Act's required eight-year review  to ensure compliance with the Act's goals and requirements.  The update is required by state law to be completed by June 30, 2024, and thus is known as the "2024 Update."  As part of the 2024 Update, the County will also be completing a new State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Comprehensive Plan.  An EIS analyzes the environmental and other impacts of the proposed plan. Shown below is the anticipated schedule.

  • Nov. 2021-May 2022

    Scope of Work for Plan & EIS Review

  • June-Dec. 2022

    Executive Public Review Draft & Draft EIS

  • July 2023-Mar. 2024

    Council Committee Draft Plan

  • April-June 2024

    Full Council Review & Adoption

Scope of Work

The 2024 Update is an opportunity to make substantive policy changes that address the community's long-term needs and advance the County's policy goals.  The 2024 Update will be rooted in the County’s goal to make King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive, and it will have three focus areas: climate change and the environment, housing, and pro-equity actions.  These and other topics that will be considered as part of the 2024 Update will be included in a Scope of Work that will be submitted by the Executive to the County Council on March 31, 2022.  The Council is anticipated to then review, amend, and adopt the Scope by May 31, 2022.  The Scope of Work will also be used to inform the scope of the environmental review (SEPA EIS).

To develop the Executive Recommended Scope of Work, King County will work with the community to identify topics to be addressed in the 2024 Update and will be initiating public engagements during the first quarter of 2022.  Ideas may also be submitted on a Docket Form and shared with King County by February 11, 2022.  County staff will be available to speak with residents, community organizations, and stakeholder groups to hear scoping ideas; request this by emailing compplan@kingcounty.gov.

Residents, community groups and stakeholders may also advocate for scoping topics with the Council during its review of the Executive Recommended Scope in April and May 2022.  Some new topics might be also able to be considered later in the process, depending on the nature of the proposal; but being included in the adopted Scope of Work is the best way to ensure requests can be evaluated.

King County looks forward to hearing your ideas and working with you throughout the next 2 1/2 years to develop and adopt the 2024 Update!

To stay up-to-date with the project, use the Get Involved link in the sidebar and add your name to the mailing list.

About the Comprehensive Plan

The King County Comprehensive Plan is the long-range guiding policy document for all land use and development regulations in unincorporated King County, and for regional services throughout the County including transit, sewers, parks, trails and open space. 

King County uses the long-range comprehensive planning process to guide growth and protect natural resources, and the results can be seen in viable resources lands, annexation of many urban areas into cities, and sustainable rates of growth in rural areas. 

Updating the Comprehensive Plan

The Plan can be amended annually to address technical updates and make revisions that do not require substantive policy changes. Every eighth year, the "eight-year cycle" process occurs to conduct a complete review of the plan. In this review, broader policy issues can be addressed and the plan amended accordingly. A smaller-range of substantive changes to plan may also be considered at the midpoint of the eight-year cycle, but only if authorized by motion. Site-specific land use changes are considered during annual midpoint, or eight-year updates, depending on the extent of change proposed.

See the 
Amendment Process page for detailed information about proposing changes to the KCCP.

For more information please contact:

Chris Jensen
Comprehensive Planning Manager
Performance, Strategy and Budget
206.477.0581
CompPlan@kingcounty.gov