Countywide Planning Policies

Updated Through January 20, 2021

The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) provide a countywide vision and serve as the guiding principles and policies for all Comprehensive Planning in King County (County, City, and Special-Purpose District), as well as County and City Zoning Codes. Please see: CPPs establish: (1) The Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary; (2) Criteria for revising UGA Growth Targets for each jurisdiction; and (3) Criteria for defining urban centers and manufacturing/industrial centers. The new set of Growth Targets for each jurisdiction will have impacts on transportation infrastructure throughout the County.

The King County Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC)—a formal body, consisting of elected officials from King County, Seattle, Bellevue, other cities/towns in King County, special purpose districts, and the Port of Seattle—is updating King County’s 2012 (as amended in 2016: CPPs by the end of 2021. For more information, please see:

On January 11, 2021. members of Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils and Associations completed their review, of the 2012 (as amended in 2016) CPP Policies, proposed changes and/or additions by Chapter: CPP Proposed Policy Changes, and submitted same to King County Executive Office’s (KCEO’s) Senior Policy Analyst and Staff Contact to the Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC), Karen Wolf, and King County Demographer, Rebeccah Maskin. The KCEO is reviewing these proposed changes in terms of what it plans to propose to the January 27 GMPC meeting. The next step will be a complete review of the CPP Chapters with proposed chammies to be submitted to the KCEO in mid February 2021.

On September 17, 2020, members of Rural Area unincorporated area councils and associations attended a Seminar on the CPPs given by Karen Wolf and Rebeccah Maskin and arranged by the GMVUAC. The Seminar reviewed the CPPs, the ongoing update, and included a robust question/answer period.


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