2020 KCCP Mid-Point Update

Updated July 24, 2020


The King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) is required under the State’s Growth Management Act (GMA). The KCCP guides residential, commercial, and industrial development and growth and zoning in our rural area. King County conducts Major Updates (every 8 years), Mid-Point Reviews (interim 4th year), and Annual Updates. In 2020 a Mid-Point Review will be published accoerding to the following timeline:

  • January 2, 2019 – King County Executive transmits Scope of Work.
  • February 28, 2019 – Deadline for King County Council adoption of Scope of Work.
  • July 1, 2019 – Executive releases a Public Review Draft (PRD) with a 30-day public comment period. Ivan Miller, King County Comprehensive Planning Manager, is planning to hold six Public Open Houses (one will be in the southend–location TBD) to discuss the 2020 KCCP 4-yr Mid-Point Update Public Review Draft (PRD), which will consist of (1) a draft Ordinance showing proposed changes to King County Code using a strikethrough format; and (2) the proposed KCCP changes.  The Public Open Houses will be ~2 hours long and include: (a) opening meet and greet with KC people at multiple tables with information about the PRD (much like the Annual CSA Meetings at the Hobart Church); (b) presentation by Mr Miller with Q & A; and (c) more time for mingling around the KC tables with more specific questions.
  • July 31, 2019, – Public comments are due to the King County Executive’s Office.
  • September 30, 2019 – Executive transmits the Executive Recommended Plan to the County Council.
  • April 24, 2020 – The Chair of the King County Council’s Mobility and Environment Committee releases “Striking Amendment” S1 to be used in place of a Committee-recommended substitute Proposed Ordinance: S1 Amendment
  • June 5 and 8, 2020King County Council released “Striking Amendment S2” to Executive’s Recommended Plan:  S2 Amendment
  • June 9, 2020 – King County Council held Public Hearing.
  • June 30, 2020 – Deadline for King County Council adoption of 2020 Comprehensive Plan [extended to July 24, 2020].
  • July 2, 2020King County Council released “Striking Amendment S3” to Executive’s Recommended Plan.
  • July 17, 2020King County Council released “Striking Amendment S4” to Executive’s Recommended Plan.
  • July 20, 2020King County Council released “Striking Amendment S4.1” to Executive’s Recommended Plan.

As shown above, the process for the 2020 “Mid-Point Review” started with the King County Executive transmitting a Scoping Document (i.e., Scope of Work) to the King County Council on January 2, 2019. On February 15, 2019, the GMVUAC along with four other Rural Area organizations (EPCA, GV/LHA, HHA, and UBCUAC) submitted a joint set of comments to the King County Council on the Executive’s Scoping Document: UACs/UAAs Joint Comment Letter.

The King County Executive, on July 1, 2019, published a Public Review Draft (PRD) of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan: 2020 KCCP Public Review Draft Website.  These amendments propose to make substantial and significant changes to the policies applicable to the Rural Area. An Area Council-led effort of all Rural Area UACs and UAAs submitted Joint Detailed Comments to King County on its PRD on July 31, 2019.

Following a thorough review of Public Comments, on September 30, 2019, the King County Executive submitted his Proposed KCCP Update to the King County Council. Accompanying this, the Executive published a Public Comment and Response Report. On pp. 94-113 all Joint King County Rural Area UAC/UAA Comments (LH-side of the page), the Executive’s response, and actions taken thereupon (RH-side of the page) can be reviewed.

The King County Council assigned its review to its Mobility and Environment Committee which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse. The committee, then later, the full Council, held Public Hearings and accepted written comments from the public.

  • June 8, 2020GMVUAC led a team of Rural Area organizations (EPCA, FoSV, GV/LHA, HHA, SCAR, and UBCUAC) to submit Detailed Comments to the King County Council on the “Striking Amendment.”
  • June 8, 2020 – KCCP SEPA Responsible Official issued a Determination of Significance accompanied by a SEPA Addendum.
  • June 26, 2020 – GMVUAC-led team submitted an ADDENDUM to its June 8, 2020, submittal to account for additional proposed King County Council Amendments and the partial SEPA review.
  • July 6, 2020KCCP SEPA Responsible Official issued a an Updated SEPA Addendum.
  • July 13, 2020GMVUAC-led team submitted a Revision to ADDENDUM to its June 26, 2020, submittal related to the King County Council proposed “Striker 3” Amendments and full SEPA review.
  • July 20, 2020 – The GMVUAC-led team submitted a Response to S4 Amendments to its July 13, 2020, submittal related to the King County Council proposed “Striker 4” Amendments.
  • July 23, 2020 – The GMVUAC-led team submitted a Response to S4.1 Amendments to its July 20, 2020, submittal related to the King County Council proposed “Striker 4.1” Amendments.

Key issues, proposed King County Council amendments, final resolution, and an assessment–in terms on impacts to the Rural Area–are included in a Summary Table.

The King County Council voted on July 24, 2020, to approve the Final KCCP Mid-Point Update.