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.
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
- Capital Facilities Plan
- Economic Development
- Parks & Recreation
Additional elements in Snohomish’s existing Comprehensive Plan:
- Environmental Protection
New considerations for the 2024 update
- Social Equity
- Climate Change
- Increased requirements for Housing needs
How Can I Participate?
There are multiple opportunities to get involved, and more chances are coming up. Review the programs below, and keep an eye out for upcoming announcements. Return to this page to see updates, and fill out the Questionnaire linked at the top of the page!
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. Our Civic Ambassadors 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. Ambassadors will volunteer and attend at various community events to help share information and collect feedback.
Keep your eye out for this group, and strike up a conversation about planning for the future of Snohomish!
- Bill Webster
- Kelly Holderman
- Tabitha Baty
- Cassie Chin
- Janice Lengenfelder
- Justin Fox-Bailey
- Addie Domske
- John Calvin
- Heather Cunningham
- Penny Zettlemoyer
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 city 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!
Staff will also be workng with children in the classrooms about future planning, civic engagement, how the city is run, and mapping plans and ideas. If you have a child in the Snohomish School District, be sure to ask them about this exciting partnership!
Our Future Snohomish Carnival and Open House
Mark your calendars for July 22nd from noon until 4pm, and join us for a carnival at the Carnegie! There will be fun activities, games, art projects, races, and an obstacle course to help you and your children learn about the Comprehensive Plan, and let us know what you think about the future of our Snohomish.
Each event will offer an opportunity to learn something about the Comprehensive Plan and a function of the City, and you will have fun while you play. And if you prefer a calmer environment, don't worry - a traditional open house environment will also be offered, in the upstairs room of the Carnegie building.
Keep an eye out for more information about this exciting event!