A guide to the Comprehensive Planning process and background.
The current City of Sammamish plan outlines looks forward to 2035, provides a vision for the future, identifies goals and policies to achieve that vision, and creates a basis for the City’s regulations, and guides future decision-making.
This plan outlines strategies for involving the public in the Comprehensive Plan update.
Questions about data used in the comprehensive plan update, the process itself, and more are expected to come up throughout the project. Check here for answers!
Comprehensive Planning 101
Every 10 years, cities of a certain size are required to update their Comprehensive Plans. This includes outlining things like land use and capital projects, and gives us a chance to ask: How do we envision Sammamish in 2044?
What is the Growth Management Act
The Washington Legislature established the Growth Management Act (GMA) to guide local governments to plan for their future growth
Envision Sammamish 2044 Requirements
Drafting and adopting Envision Sammamish 2044 is how our community will comply with the Growth Management Act's 8-year
Why Does it Matter?
A comprehensive plan acts as a blueprint for the future character of the city. It guides decisions on land use, transportation, housing
The Growth Management Act establishes several mandatory and optional elements to be included in each comprehensive plan.
What is the Growth Management Act?
The Washington Legislature established the Growth Management Act (GMA) in 1990 to guide local governments to plan for their future growth. It was adopted to prevent uncoordinated and unplanned growth, which can threaten the environment, economy, and quality of life for Washington residents. Under the GMA, cities in fast-growing and densely populated counties are required to develop and adopt comprehensive plans. The GMA established goals to form the basis of all comprehensive plans, but the content within each city’s plan will differ based on their own goals and challenges. Early and continuous public participation is required by the GMA, which ensures that the public has a say in the vision for their city’s future.
Why Does it Matter?
A comprehensive plan acts a blueprint for the future character of the city. It guides decisions on land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities, parks, and the environment. It also sets standards for roads
and other infrastructure, identifies how they’ll be paid for, and
establishes the basis for zoning and development regulations.
As suggested by the word “comprehensive,” it encompasses
topics that address the physical, social, and economic health of the
City. A comprehensive plan takes a long-range perspective, in this case
looking toward 2044. For this reason, guidance is
intentionally general, providing broad direction, but not prescribing
specific implementation measures or regulatory actions. A plan
is also a living document, adaptable to evolving conditions, and
offering a framework for the consideration of policy changes.
Requirements for Envision Sammamish 2044
Drafting, adopting, and implementing Envision Sammamish 2044 is how our community will comply with the Growth Management Act's 10-year periodic update requirement. In partnership with a team of consultants, the City of Sammamish will integrate the following state, regional, and county requirements into the anticipated periodic review:
Minimum compliance with state laws through the Washington State Department of Commerce GMA periodic review checklist.
Alignment with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Regional Growth Strategy through their periodic review checklist and multi-county planning policies provided in Vision 2050.
The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) adopted by King County, which address growth management issues in King County.
The deadline for the periodic update is July 1, 2024.