2017 Growth Management Update
June 27, 2017

Douglas County has completed the periodic review required by RCW 36.70A.130(5)(c).  Pertinent documents can be reviewed at the following links:

Resolution TLS 17-31 determining compliance with the Growth Management Act.
Ordinance TLS 16-04-38B amending the Bridgeport Comprehensive Plan.
Ordinance TLS 17-06-18B amending the Countywide Comprehensive Plan.
Ordinance TLS 17-07-29C amending the Greater East Wenatchee Area Comprehensive Plan.

June 15, 2017 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance TLS 17-06-18B on June 6, 2017, amending the Douglas County Countywide Comprehensive Plan and implementing development regulations.  The Countywide Comprehensive Plan and code amendments apply to the non-urban areas of the county.  The Board of Commissioners have two remaining actions to complete a periodic review of comprehensive plans as required by state law.  These include an ordinance approving the amendments to the Greater East Wenatchee Area Comprehensive Plan that have been adopted by the City of east Wenatchee, and a resolution concluding the 2017 periodic review cycle.  These will be considered by the Board of Commissioners on June 27 in regular session.

June 14, 2017 

The City of East Wenatchee has adopted amendments to the Greater East Wenatchee Area Comprehensive Plan.  These amendments have been presented to the county for joint adoption in accordance with the Douglas County Regional Policy Plan.  The Board of Commissioners is expected to take final action June 27, 2017.

May 18, 2017

The Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners will meet in a joint study session regarding the 2017 GMA periodic update on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 5:30 PM in the hearing room of the Douglas County Public Services Building located at 140 19th Street NW in East Wenatchee.  This is a study session for the Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission, it is not anticipated that public comment will be solicited.

May 16, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners signed Resolution No. TLS 17-18A setting a public meeting for June 6, 2017 to consider the Planning Commission recommendation.

May 10, 2017

The Planning Commission held a public hearing and have forwarded a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners that they approve the draft revisions to the Countywide Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.

March 16, 2017

The Washington state Growth Management Act (GMA) require the county to periodically review and update, as necessary, the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations to bring them up to date with any relevant changes in the GMA and to respond to changes in land use and population growth. This mandatory “periodic update” takes place at least once every eight years. Douglas County is required to complete this process by June 30, 2017.  To facilitate the review and update process, the county and the planning commission have used the Periodic Update Checklist for Counties to determine where updates are needed.

Douglas County has started the 60-day comment period for public and agency review on the proposed amendments to the Douglas County Countrywide Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations. The 60-day comment period begins on March 16, 2017 and ends on May 15, 2017. The proposed amendments include:

  1. Amendments to the Douglas County Comprehensive Plan associated with the Growth Management Act 2017 required review and update.
  2. Amendments to the Douglas County Code Titles 18, 19, and 20 associated with the Growth Management Act 2017 required review and update.

Douglas County has issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) through State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Written comments on the proposed amendments should be sent to:

2017 GMA Update
Douglas Co. Trans. & Land Services
140 19th Street NW, Suite A
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

The proposed amendments will be considered at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2017. The public is invited to attend the public hearing and comment on all pertinent matters.