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Comprehensive Plan

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The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that articulates the community’s vision of future land use and growth for the City and its neighborhoods in a manner that is internally and regionally consistent, achievable, and affordable. The Plan serves as the guide for City staff and the City Council in making decisions regarding ordinances, regulations, and public facility investments to ensure that the overall goals and policies are furthered by those decisions.

The City of Kenmore's first Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the City Council in March of 2001. A major rewrite of the Plan was completed in 2014/2015:

Comprehensive Plan Document (Please note that the document is a large file and may take a few moments to load.)

Copies of the Comprehensive Plan are also available at City Hall for review or purchase.

Comprehensive Plan Guiding Regulations

During the 1980's, the entire Puget Sound region experienced an extremely rapid rate of growth in both population and employment. This rapid growth brought with it increased traffic congestion, air and water pollution, increased housing costs and the loss of acres of natural areas and resource lands. In response to these problems, the State Legislature passed the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) in 1990.

The state law requires each city and county in the larger counties to develop comprehensive plans, which meet statewide planning goals, and which are coordinated and consistent.

The Comprehensive Plan must be consistent with:

The King County Countywide Planning Policies, which must be consistent with:

The Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040, which must be consistent with:

The State's Growth Management Act.


Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is a Comprehensive Plan?

  • Why is a Comprehensive Plan Needed?

  • What are the Functions of a Comprehensive Plan?

  • How is the City’s Policy Expressed?

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