Title 17G Administration and Procedures
Chapter 17G.020 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Procedure
This chapter establishes the procedure and decision criteria that the City will use to review and amend the comprehensive plan, including the annual public participation process for proposals to amend the comprehensive plan. All actions taken during the amendment process are legislative actions. These actions include amendments to the land use plan map and/or text of the comprehensive plan.
The guiding principles of the annual amendment process are as follows:
Keep the comprehensive plan alive and responsive to the community.
Provide for simultaneous review of proposals to allow for cumulative impact analysis of all applications on a City-wide basis and in conjunction with budget decisions.
Make map adjustments based on a foundation in policy language, consistently applying those concepts citywide.
Honor the community’s long-term investment in the comprehensive plan, through public participation and neighborhood planning processes, by not making changes lightly.
Encourage development that will enable our whole community to prosper and reinforce our sense of place and feeling of community, in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable manner.
Amendments to the comprehensive plan must result in a net benefit to the general public.
Scope of Amendments. A proposed plan amendment may include additions, deletions, corrections, updates, modifications or revisions to:
Comprehensive plan maps, goals and policies in the various elements, including the capital facilities program and other supporting documents;
Regulations that implement the comprehensive plan, including the land use code or zoning map, the shoreline master program and critical areas regulations;
Administrative and regulatory procedures that implement the comprehensive plan; or
The comprehensive plan or its implementation measures, as necessitated by annexation action.
Proposed amendments may not include amendments to the urban growth area boundary.
Date Passed: Monday, August 21, 2017
Effective Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
ORD C35536 Section 1