Twenty-year Comprehensive Plan Update

Kittitas County is updating its Comprehensive plan as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). Kittitas County’s comprehensive plan will establish policies for community growth and development for the next 20 years. Kittitas County’s update process is required to be completed by June 30, 2017, see RCW 36.70A.130(5)(c).


Comprehensive Plan Ideas

The proposal period for Citizen-Initiated Amendment Requests closed on May 31, 2016. Specific public comments on the CARs were accepted until June 30, 2016.

Please remember you can submit comments throughout the update process by emailing: compplan@co.kittitas.wa.us, by mail, visiting us in person at: 411 North Ruby Street, Suite 2; Ellensburg, WA 98926, or attending upcoming meetings.

The Washington State Growth Management Act requires the County to periodically review and update its Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. On July 21, 2015, the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners approved a Public Participation Plan outlining opportunities for public involvement in the current Comprehensive Plan update process. As indicated in the Public Participation Plan, all citizens or other interested parties may submit proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan, land use map, zoning map, or development regulations. Your proposals are referred to as Citizen-Initiated Amendment Requests and will be evaluated for consideration by County staff, Planning Commission, and Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners for inclusion in the Kittitas County 2037 Comprehensive Plan update process.

Members of the community submitted two ideas for the Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan update through the Citizen Initiated Amendment Request process, see submittals below. Complete Citizen-initiated Amendment Request proposals will be reviewed for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan update process, and will be based upon the criteria below as well as the County’s ability and level of resources necessary to review your proposal.

Public Comments Received

Procedures

  1. Proposal period. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm on May 31, 2016. Submittals received after the deadline shall not be considered.
  2. Initial review. After the closing of the submittal period, the County shall review each proposal to determine whether to include the proposal in the Comprehensive Plan update process. Staff shall review each proposal and prepare a report recommending which proposals will move forward in the Comprehensive Plan update process. Unless a proposal fulfills a particular duty under the GMA, the County has broad discretion to take the following actions:
    • Accept the CAR(s) for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan update process; or
    • Defer the CAR(s) to a future amendment docket pursuant to Kittitas County Code 15B.03.030; or
    • Deny the CAR(s) from inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan update process.
  3. Staff report. Kittitas County staff will prepare a report and recommendation to the Kittitas County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting. The report shall analyze whether each proposal meets the criteria included in this proposal form, and if so, how it meets those criteria. All proposal documents and staff reports shall be available for public review
  4. Public input. Citizen-Initiated Amendment Requests will be available for public review. Public comments will be accepted at any time throughout the Comprehensive Plan update process, Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner meetings are open to the public and throughout the update process all documentation including staff reports, Planning Commission recommendations, and Board of County Commission decision documentation will be available for public review.