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April 30, 2021:  The 2021 Docket Report was transmitted to the King County Council with Executive Recommendations on the 2021 Requests. Visit the Docket page.

January 2021:  King County received one public-initiated Docket Request in the period that closed on December 31, 2020.  Visit the Docket page.

July 24, 2020:  The King County Council adopted the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update. View the updated files here.

July 6, 2020:  The Executive has released an updated State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Addendum for the 2020 update to the Comprehensive Plan.  

July 2020:  The Executive transmitted the 2020 Docket Report to the County Council on June 30, 2020.  The report analyzes eight requests for changes to the Comprehensive Plan and site-specific map changes.

May 2020: As part of the 2020 Update process, the State Environmental Policy Act review documents are now available. Click here

February 2020: WA Ecology approves King County Shoreline Master Program Update.

January 2, 2020: Public-Initiated 2020 Docket Process - King County received eight items in the docket period that closed on December 31, 2019.  Visit the Docket page.

September 30, 2019: The Executive Recommended Plan has been transmitted to the County Council. The transmittal culminates about 11 months of work by executive department staff on a variety of policy issues, including sea level rise, fossil fuel facilities, affordable housing, and land use and zoning topics. Click here to read the 2020 updates to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. 

July 12, 2019:  King County is hosting five community meetings in July to discuss the draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan update. In addition to the documents on the 2020 Public Review Draft page (see link in sidebar), below is additional summary information:

July 1, 2019:  After four months of intensive work, the Public Review Draft of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and associated development code is now available.  Release of the Public Review Draft represents an important step in the update process. The draft includes proposed changes to text, policies, code, and land use and zoning. There are associated Code Studies, Area Studies, and Reports related to the Scope of Work Topical Areas.  As noted below, there are five community meetings scheduled and public comment will be accepted until July 31, 2019.

June 2019:  King County departments have been hard at work analyzing the issues in the Scope of Work Motion 15329. The 2020 Public Review Draft of potential amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and associated Development Regulations in the King County Code will be released on July 1, 2019. The following flyer summarizes the list of issues being considered.

Following release, King County is hosting five community meetings during the 30-day public comment period in July. At the meetings, you can learn more about the potential changes and have a chance to talk to staff about what they may mean for your area.

Special Topic Meeting - Vashon Sea Level Rise

Vashon / Maury Island Area
Tuesday, July 2
6:00 to 8:00 pm
McMurray Middle School
9329 SW Cemetery Road
Vashon, WA 98070

Comprehensive Plan Meetings:

Bear Creek / Sammamish /
Snoqualmie Valley Areas

Tuesday, July 9
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Stillwater Elementary
11530 320th Avenue Northeast 
Carnation, WA 98014

Vashon / Maury Island Area
Thursday, July 18
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Vashon High School
9600 SW 204th Street,
Vashon, WA 98070

Skyway - West Hill Area
Thursday, July 11
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Albert Talley High School
7800 South 132nd Street
Seattle, WA 98178

North Highline Area
Thursday, July 25
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Seola Gardens Community Room
11215 5th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98146
Four Creeks / Maple Valley /
Southeast King Areas
Tuesday, July 16
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038



The Public Comment Period will continue until July 31, 2019. After this, departments will finalize the "Executive Recommended Draft" and transmit to the County Council by September 30, 2019.

February 26, 2019:  The County Council adopted the Scoping Motion for the 2020 Midpoint Update to the Comprehensive Plan. Click  here  to see the items to be considered in the update process, subject to the dates noted in the October 29, 2018 news posting below.

January 2019:  Executive transmits the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Scoping Document, initiating the 2020 update process.

October 29, 2018:  The King County Council adopted the 2018 amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The amendments direct a 2020 Midpoint Limited Update. Key dates in this process are as follows:

  • January 2, 2019 – Executive transmits a proposed Scope of Work to the County Council
  • February 28, 2019 – Deadline for Council adoption of Scope of Work
  • July 1, 2019 – Executive releases a Public Review Draft with a 30-day public comment period and public meetings (dates and location TBD)
  • September 30, 2019 – Executive transmits the Executive Recommended Plan to the County Council
  • June 30, 2020 – Deadline for Council adoption of 2020 Comprehensive Plan

To send comments about issues needing to be addressed in a limited 2020 update, click on the link in the “get involved” box.

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. 

Additional information on the Plan can be found in the sidebars.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan

The Plan can be amended annually to address technical updates and make revisions that do not require substantive policy changes (KCC 20.18.070). Every fourth year, the "Four-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. Site-specific land use changes are considered either annually or every fourth year, depending on the extent of change proposed (KCC 20.18.060).

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


For more information please contact:

Ivan Miller, AICP
Comprehensive Planning Manager
Performance, Strategy and Budget
Karen Wolf, AICP
Senior Policy Analyst
Performance, Strategy and Budget