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King County is adopting land use subarea plans for communities in our Community Service Areas.

These detailed local land use plans are part of the King County Comprehensive Plan. Each plan includes specific policies, guidelines, and criteria to guide development and capital improvement decisions in one of King County’s six rural Community Service Areas and five urban Potential Annexation Areas.

Each Community Service Areas has—or is scheduled to have—a subarea plan, ensuring that the entire unincorporated area receives planning on a regular cycle. This planning includes a regular assessment of the area’s land use goals, population changes, new development, and other demographic and socioeconomic indicators.

To address unique issues in each area, Community Service Area Land Use Subarea Plans may also have localized focuses on rural town centers, urban neighborhoods, or corridor approaches.

Contact

Subarea planners

David Goodman
206-263-3595

Kevin LeClair
206-477-2717

Permitting Division
King County Local Services
35030 SE Douglas Street, Suite 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Check the timeline to find out when we’ll be working on the plan for your community. During that 12-month process, there will be many opportunities for you to participate. Our outreach will be targeted to local community needs, demographics, etc.

We’ll integrate the principles of diversity, equity, and social justice into our public outreach by…

  • Identifying minority populations and languages spoken in the subarea
  • Translating plan materials where appropriate
  • Creating small groups to help us craft meaningful policies around poverty, discrimination, race, etc.

King County had a robust community planning program created in two distinct periods—1973 through 1984, and 1985 through 1994. (See Chapter 11 of the King County Comprehensive Plan for more discussion of these periods.) Since then, there have only been minor plan updates to community plans. The term “community plan” was used to identify the 12 geographic areas that had detailed plans created between 1973 and 1994 (e.g. Bear Creek, Tahoma Raven Heights, Soos Creek). Three of those plans remain active today:

Many other plans contain valuable policies and historical information, but the term “community plan” is no longer being used as a title or descriptor for geographic subareas of King County. (See a full listing of Community Service Area Subarea Plans)

These plans were created during a period when the unincorporated areas of King County absorbed a much higher percentage of population growth than they do under Washington State’s Growth Management Act. The Community Service Area Land use Subarea Plans will play a much different role now that the urban growth areas of King County have reached a point of relative stability. The table below illustrates how the Community Service Areas align with the former Community Planning Areas.

Current Community Service Area Former Community Planning Areas
Bear Creek / Sammamish Bear Creek, Northshore, East Sammamish
Four Creeks / Tiger Mountain Tahoma Raven Heights, Snoqualmie
Greater Maple Valley / Cedar River Tahoma Raven Heights, Soos Creek, East King County, Snoqualmie
SE King County Enumclaw, Tahoma Raven Heights, East King County, Soos Creek
Snoqualmie Valley / NE King County Snoqualmie, East King County, East Sammamish
Vashon / Maury Island Vashon
West King County (unincorporated) Portions of 10 different Community Planning Areas

2018-19   Skyway-West Hill Potential Annexation Area

2019-20   North Highline Potential Annexation Area

2020-21   Snoqualmie Valley/NE King Community Service Area

2021-22   No subarea plan; focus on Eight-Year Comprehensive Plan Update

2022-23   Greater Maple Valley/Cedar Community Service Area

2023-24   Fairwood Potential Annexation Area

2024-25   Bear Creek/Sammamish Community Service Area

2025-26   Southeast King County Community Service Area

2026-27   Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Community Service Area

2027-28   East Renton Potential Annexation Area

2028-29   Federal Way Potential Annexation Area

2029-30   No subarea plan; focus on Eight-Year Comprehensive Plan Update