Comprehensive Plan Amendment Selection
Adopted on August 13, 2012 by Resolution 31402
The City Council considers a variety of factors in determining whether a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment will be placed on the amendment docket for a given year. Among those factors are the following:
- The amendment is appropriate for the Comprehensive Plan because:
- It is consistent with the role of the Comprehensive Plan under the State Growth Management Act;
- It is consistent with the Countywide Planning Policies and the multi-county policies contained in the Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040 strategy;
- Its intent cannot be accomplished by a change in regulations alone;
- It is not better addressed as a budgetary or programmatic decision; and
- It is not better addressed through another process, such as neighborhood planning.
- The amendment is legal under state and local law.
- It is practical to consider the amendment because:
- The timing of the amendment is appropriate and Council will have sufficient information to make an informed decision;
- City staff will be able to develop within the time available the text for the Comprehensive Plan and, if necessary, amendments to the Municipal Code, and to conduct sufficient analysis and public review;
- The amendment is consistent with the overall vision of the Comprehensive Plan and well-established Comprehensive Plan policy, or the Mayor or Council wishes to consider changing the vision or established policy; and
- The amendment has not been recently rejected by the City Council.
- If the amendment would change a neighborhood plan, it either is the result of a neighborhood review process or can be reviewed by such a process prior to final Council consideration of the amendment.
- The amendment is likely to make a material difference in a future City regulatory or funding decision.