Long Range Planning

Yakima County Long Range Planning Section is responsible for the maintenance of the Yakima County Comprehensive Plan and the formulation and amendment of county land use regulations to implement Plan 2015. These land use and development regulations are codified in Yakima County Code under:
  • Title 16 Environment
  • Title 16A Critical Areas
  • Title 16B Project Permit Administration
  • Title 16C Critical Areas
  • Title 16D Shoreline Master Program
  • Title 17 Urban Area Growth Policy and other titles may be amended as necessary
  • Title 19 Unified Code 
Long Range Planning provides staff support to Board of County Commissioner appointed volunteer citizen Planning Commission. Bi-annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations are processed and evaluated for consistency with the requirements of Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA) and other state laws.

Yakima County Comprehensive Planning

Yakima County and its cities and towns are required to plan for their physical growth and development under the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A) (GMA). Visit the Plans and Policies page to read Plan 2015 (Yakima County Comprehensive Plan) and other long range planning documents. You may also see the Horizon 2040 Process and Documents page to view presentations, reports, white papers, and draft documents for the state mandated 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.