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Washington State Growth Management Act

Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments


Eric McConaghy
Council Central Staff


The Washington State Growth Management Act gives Seattleites the opportunity to amend our Comprehensive Plan once a year.  Anyone can suggest an amendment, including neighbors, business owners, councilmembers and City departments.

In 2015, the Council will only be accepting Comprehensive Plan amendment applications for proposed changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). All other proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan can be raised through the Seattle 2035 process ( for more information).

  • Screening: In the first review, the Council holds a public hearing around the first week of July, reviews feedback, and then (by the end of July) identifies the amendments that will be analyzed and considered in the cycle. The City Council uses criteria adopted in Resolution 31402 selecting Comp Plan amendments to consider.
  • Analysis: Executive staff and the Planning Commission then analyze the list of possible amendments Council identified in the July screening.
  • Final Action: By November 20 of each year, the Executive submits an ordinance containing the Mayor's recommended amendments for the Council to consider. From November to the end of March Council reviews the staff work, hears from the public, and then considers adoption of the proposals. A final, amended ordinance, adopted by the Council before March 31, adds the selected amendments into the Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive Plan Update (Seattle 2035)

The City is undertaking an update of the Comprehensive Plan required by the Growth Management Act. Learn more at


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