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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Do You Have a Better Idea?

Comprehensive Plan

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, or business owners – can present their ideas of what the future Snohomish should look like.

The Growth Management Act requires 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 propose:

  1. Future Land Use Map amendments to change the future land use designation for specific parcels or areas.  Only property owners may propose a site-specific redesignation.
  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 Snohomish should develop. It includes a Future Land Use Map that designates where general categories of land use (e.g. single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, industry, public) should occur.  It also has policies that are the guidelines to achieve the community’s vision.

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

The deadline to submit docket applications for potential 2023 amendments is September 30, 2022.  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 November 2022.  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 a 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 2023.

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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