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Posted on: August 30, 2021

Do You Have a Better Idea?

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Make your vision for Snohomish the community vision, too, by submitting a “docket” application now.


The docket process is how community members – be they residents, property owners, business owners, even elected officials – can present their ideas of what the future Snohomish should look like.


The Growth Management Act provides for an annual opportunity for the public to propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Development Code.  The process for submitting those proposals is called the docket process.


Docket applications can be used to propose three types of things:

  1. Map amendments (rezones) to change the land use designation for specific parcels or areas.  Only property owners may propose a site-specific rezone.
  2. Text amendments to change an existing Comprehensive Plan policy or to propose a new policy.
  3. Land Use Development Code amendments to change an existing development regulation or to propose a new one.


The City’s Comprehensive Plan is the community’s vision for how we would like to see Snohomish develop.  The policies in the Plan establish guidelines for that vision.


Regulations to make that vision a reality are found in the City’s Land Use Development Code, Title 14 of the Snohomish Municipal Code.


The deadline to submit docket applications for amendments to be considered in 2022 is September 30, 2021.  There is no fee to submit an application.


To download a docket application form click here.  For answers to frequently asked questions click here and for more information go to the Comprehensive Plan web page.


All docket applications will be compiled and placed on a “Preliminary Docket” list.  The City Council will consider all applications at a public hearing in October or November 2021.  At the hearing, the City Council will determine which amendment proposals are worth further analysis by staff and consideration by the Planning Commission.   Those items are placed on the “Final Docket”.  


Placement on the Final Docket does not mean the proposal will be adopted.  Rather, it means the proposal will be fully analyzed by staff and brought to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to the City Council.  The City Council will make a final decision on all Final Docket items by the end of 2022.


The docket process is codified in SMC 14.15.020.  If you have any questions about how to submit your docket application, please don’t hesitate to contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or by calling 360-282-3173.

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