2024 KCCP Major Update

Updated March 28, 2023

King County Comprehensive Plan

BACKGROUND

Comprehensive plans are the centerpiece of local planning efforts. A comprehensive plan articulates a series of goals, objectives, policies, actions, and standards that are intended to guide the day-to-day decisions of elected officials and local government staff. King County currently is conducting its a once-a-decade update to its Comprehensive Plan (KCCP). King County’s planning role is complex in that it is responsible for regional services throughout the county, as well as local government to unincorporated areas. Thus, King County’s Comprehensive Plan offers a vision for how unincorporated areas will grow and how regional services – such as transit, parks, and solid waste – will be provided.

The Area Council has partipated in development of KCCPs for several decades. More recently, the Area Council has coordinated a Joint Team consisting of ten Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils / Unincorporated Area Associations / Organizations to collectively work on all major planning efforts including the KCCP Updates.

2024 MAJOR UPDATE

The 2024 10-yr Update commenced in January 2022 and will conclude in December 2024 with final approval by the King County Council. Below is a compendium of efforts by the Joint Team to ensure the Update includes major principles such as keeping the Rural Area rural and maintaining rural character, as prescribed by the State’s Growth Management Act (GMA).

On March 27, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County Proposed Changes to Title 21A.08.030.

On March 10, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County Requested Land-Use & Zoning Study.

On February 28, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County Proposed Changes to Title 21A.30.085 & 21A.30.090.

On February 24, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County Comments on the King County Executive’s Conceptual Proposals. This is a major milestone in the Update process ahead of the next majopr milestone–the expected release in June 2023 of the Update’s Public Review Draft (PRD).

On January 27, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County Proposed Changes to King County Code Title 21A32–Temporary-Use Permits (TUPs).

On January 17, 2023, the Joint Team submitted to King County the Joint Team–Response to Comments on 2024 KCCP Update EIS Scoping. The Response specifically details concerns with Comments provided on Schools by the King County Component of the Puget Sound School Coalition (PSSC-KCC) and on Mining by the Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association (WACA), as documented in the October 2022 Parametrix King County Comprehensive Plan Scoping Summary Report, which was developed in support of preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2024 KCCP Major Update

On September 3, 2022, the Joint Team submitted to King County its first set of Proposed Changes to Rural Area and Natural Resource Lands Policies. These address: Rural Densities and Development, specifically, Nonresidential Uses; Rural Public Facilities & Services; and Rural Commercial Centers, specifically, Non-Resource Industrial Uses and Development Standards.

On July 14, 2022, the Joint Team held a meeting with KCCP Manager, Chris Jensen, to discuss the process going forward:

  • Ongoing Work — Executive Departments are working their respective areas, Chris is point of contact for us.
  • Public Engagement — Will continue throughout the process (this meeting is an example)
  • Informal Public Survey — 4th quarter 2022
  • Public Engagement on “early concepts” — 1st quarter 2023
  • Public Review Draft & DEIS — 3rd quarter 2023
  • Executive Recommended Plan — End of 4th quarter 2023

Several Action Items resulted from this meeting and more have been added since. These are being worked by the Joint Team in order to be considered  in the Public Review Draft to be released by the 3rd quarter 2023.

The Joint Team will provide input into these processes as they proceed. Also discussed at the meeting were key aspects of the Joint Team’s SCOPING Comments submitted to the King County Council on June 3, 2022, to ensure they are understood and will be included as the Update proceeds.

On June 7, 2022, the King County Council approved the final SCOPE for the 2024 KCCP Major 8-Year Update. The next steps entail the King County Executive’s Office to develop a Public Review Draft (PRD) and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

On June 3, 2022, the Joint Team submitted Written Testimony to the King County Council on the SCOPE for the 2024 KCCP Major 8-Year Update–subject of its June 7, 2022, Public Hearing.

On April 22, 2022, the Joint Team submitted Detailed Comments to the King County Council’s Local Services and Land-Use Committee on the King County Executive’s recommended SCOPE for the 2024 KCCP Major 8-Year Update to be discussed at its April 26 meeting.

In January 2022 King County called for Scoping Items to help inform its “Major 8-Year KCCP Update.” The GMVUAC, again, organized many of the King County Rural Area UACs/UAAs/Organizations (EPCA, FofSV, GRC, GV/LHA, HHA, SCAR, UBCUAC) to prepare and submit a set KCCP 2024 Major Update–Scoping Items.

For more information on the Schedule and the Process, please see: KCCP 2024 Major Update.