Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is central to land use and infrastructure planning under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The Plan expresses a vision for the City in its goals and policies and serves as a guide for future development. It identifies those characteristics the community desires to retain, reinforce, and achieve as the City grows; it establishes the policies to realize the goals; and it identifies the resources necessary to provide services to the residents and businesses now and in the future. The vision contained in the policies is of a self-sufficient community where its citizens can live, work and play.  Planning for the City's future extends outside the current city limits to include an Urban Growth Area (UGA) within which the City may expand.

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2024 Periodic Update

While amendments to the Comprehensive Plan may be made each year, the document is required to be fully updated every 8-10 years.  The plan was last updated in 2015.  The next update must be completed by December 2024.  The planning horizon is to the year 2044.

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What's In the Plan?

There are some required elements of the Comprehensive Plan.  Each element includes an inventory or assessment of the current situation as well as policies to direct growth in a way that supports the community’s vision.  Additionally, there is new legislation and changes to PSRC’s MPPs that need to be included in the update that were not previously required.

Required Plan elements:

  • Land use
  • Housing
  • Capital Facilities Plan
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
  • Parks & Recreation

Additional elements in Snohomish’s existing Comprehensive Plan:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Shoreline

New considerations for the 2024 update

  • Social Equity
  • Climate Change
  • Increased requirements for Housing needs

How Can I Participate?

There will be multiple opportunities to get involved.   Review the programs below, and keep an eye out for upcoming announcements.  

Civic Ambassador program

The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint to guide growth in the direction that is consistent with the community’s vision, values, and preferences.  We need to hear from all voices as we develop the periodic update to provide for an equal opportunity all community perspectives to be considered.

Help support this process by becoming a Civic Ambassador.  This group will broaden the City’s reach by engaging with their friends, neighbors, and associates and championing for full, well-informed engagement and participation.  

Civic Ambassadors will receive special training and support from city staff in order to be successful and effective in this role.  Ambassadors will attend up to three meetings between February of 2023 and February of 2024, held on a flexible schedule.  Ambassadors will also be expected to share and gather information and champion the process by:

  • Sharing opportunities for involvement on social media and through community groups
  • Hosting community conversations or presentations
  • Volunteering at public events
  • Being a source of information and knowledge

Click HERE for the Civic Ambassador application.

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Kids Design Snohomish program

The children of Snohomish will be in charge by the year 2044, so we believe they should have a say in what their town will be like.  Kids attending public events have been asked to design their “ideal Snohomish” using wooden blocks.  They have very specific ideas about what they want to see in their town when they grow up, and staff is listening!

Look for our table at an upcoming event!

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Stay Informed

The Planning Commission reviews proposed amendments and seeks public comment during the review process. Meetings are held the first Wednesday evening of every month and are open to the public. Interested parties can track proposals via the Agendas link on this website.