Process & Documents

The information below indicates and describes each phase of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.  Information related to each phase will be posted here.  Please keep checking back because we will add more information as it becomes available.
Planning staff will brief the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission and the Public on the Growth Management Act and how it drives the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.

 The Public Participation plan is developed during this phase.  The plan clearly identifies the scope of the comprehensive plan update, when legislative action is expected and how the public can participate or comment.

Plan Development

This phase will result in a draft of Comprehensive Plan Elements as identified in the Scope of Work.  As each element is completed it will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and with a request for public comments throughout this timeline.  As each element is drafted each applicable development regulation will be evaluated for any necessary changes to maintain internal consistency.   

Title 19 (Unified Land Development Code) - Corrections and Revisions

On May 5, 2015, the Board of Yakima County Commissioners adopted Title 19 (Unified Land Development Code).
  During the Title 19 implementation process and first year of utilization, the Yakima County staff and local professionals identified a number of issues which needed to be addressed.  Those identified issues have ranged from reference errors to conflicts with other Yakima County Titles.  The current proposal is to correct those reference issues as well as clarify the existing language in order to provide better guidance to both the public and staff. 
The final phase of the project is when the public and state and local officials review and comment on the overall plan.  The proposed plan will be sent to the Washington State Department of commerce for the official 60-day review period.  Any comments and issues from state agencies will be worked into the final draft as the Plan Commission concludes its review with public hearings.

The Planning Commission with then forward their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.  The BOCC then will hold hearings when the plan will be considered and officially adopted.