Planner's Pocket Reference - Links to a wealth of
information about planning provided by the Municipal Research &
Services Center of Washington (MRSC).
- A link to the Growth Management Services program of the Washington State
Department of Commerce.
Growth Management Act (GMA) - A link to Chapter 36.70A of
the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
Planning Enabling Act - Prior to GMA, RCW 36.70 is the
statute that authorized and described procedures for land use
planning in Washington state counties.
Short Course on Local Planning - Manual and course developed by the
Association of Washington and CTED.
Want to know more about
planning? Take a
Quick Tour of the Planning Universe...or review the
Planning ABCs...(courtesy of
The Planner's Web)
Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan
Link to the
text and maps of the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 1998 and
amended thereafter. The Comprehensive Plan page includes
information about the multi-year development of the Jefferson County
Subarea Plans - Focus on specific
planning areas or regions of the county. Considered chapters
of the Comprehensive Plan. Click here to access the web page
dedicated to the
Brinnon subarea planning process. The
Brinnon Subarea Plan, formally adopted on December 13, 2002,
became Jefferson County's first subarea plan.
Amendments - Under
the Growth Management Act (GMA), a jurisdiction's comprehensive plan can
be amended but once a calendar year, with specific exceptions.
The main reason is so that proposed amendments are considered at one
time in order to effectively analyze cumulative impacts.
Visit the Comprehensive Plan & UDC Amendments page
for general information on the annual amendment cycle and
citizens can apply for suggested and site-specific amendments and
participate in the decision-making process.
There are also specific pages
dedicated to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycles for the
following calendar years:
2009, and 2010. These pages contain timelines, hearing dates,
decision notices, summaries and other documents and background
main Comprehensive Plan page contains a list of adopted
ordinances that have amended the Comprehensive Plan since adoption
in 1998 and corresponding replacement pages for those who have
printed copies of the Comprehensive Plan.
Development Code (UDC)
Link to the
UDC text, including the 1989 Shoreline Master Program (SMP) currently in effect. The
UDC, as adopted in December 2000 and amended thereafter, is the set
of development regulations that implement the
UDC Amendments - The
UDC is amended in a manner similar to that by which the
Comprehensive Plan is amended,
except that amendments to the UDC can be done outside of the
Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle. UDC amendments
involve review by the Planning Commission and a legislative decision
by the Board of County Commissioners.
Visit the UDC page for a list of adopted ordinances that have
amended the UDC since adoption in December 2000 and corresponding
replacement pages for those who have printed copies of the UDC.
Read about long-range
planning projects below for news regarding current and upcoming
proposals to amend the UDC. Track UDC amendment proposals by
frequently visiting the Long-Range Planning web page and/or
Planning for more information. Note that each amendment
proposal will have a Master Land- Use Application (MLA) case number
Long-Range Planning Projects
View an alphabetical list of
projects on the Issues Links page.
INFORMATION: For more information about
any long-range planning projects or issues,
visit the Issue Links webpage or
Return to the
Department of Community Development page.