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Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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The County conducted early outreach activities in January 2012. These
activities included preparation and distribution of a questionnaire that was
responded to by various stakeholders. The results of this effort are presented
in a Stakeholder Early Outreach report dated February
2012. As recommended by County staff in this report,
the County has prepared a revised questionnaire.
The purpose of the revised questionnaire is to discover residents' perception of
"What is 'rural'?" and ways to preserve or manage characteristics of the rural
environment they value.
As a result of the
Order Following Remand
from Washington State Supreme Court in matters 07-1-0004c
and 07-1-0015 dated November 7th of 2011, the County has identified twelve subareas in the rural area of
County that will be studied to assess their rural character. Draft analysis for these subareas was presented
to the public at open house events in April and May. Based on this assessment and comments from the
public, County staff
has prepared a Preliminary Analysis report with a recommendation for potential amendments to the County Comprehensive
Plan policies, land use designation map, zoning map and development regulations. The main sections of
this Preliminary Analysis are outlined below. This Preliminary Analysis will be a resource for completing
the remaining steps in the GMA compliance process.
The public is encouraged to attend the Open Houses to provide comments
on the Preliminary Analysis allowing the County to address community concerns while meeting issues for
compliance to the Growth Management Act. Citizens can submit any comments on the Preliminary Analysis
and initial Plan amendments mail to:
Mail: Kittitas County, Community Development Services, 411 N. Ruby Street, Suite 2, Ellensburg,
What part of the County rural area are you interested in?
Kittitas' Urban Growth Area analysis that was completed in 2009 and 2010 will
be evaluated to prepare an updated analysis that will:
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.