Process & Documents

Horizon 2040 Timeline, Spanning 2014 to 2017
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Yakima County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments on the 2016 UGA amendments to Yakima County's Comprehensive Plan - Plan 2015 and development regulations.  Public comments on the proposed amendments will be considered at the hearing as indicated below:
On Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter, at the Yakima Council Chambers, Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street, Yakima:
ZONE16-001 Countywide Urban Growth Area Update (Plan 2015 Future Land Use Map and Title 19 Official Zoning Map); Yakima County must periodically review and it needed revise its comprehensive plan and development regulations every eight years to ensure that they comply with the GMA as per the schedule provided in RCW 36.70A.130.  This review also requires Yakima County to evaluate the County's fourteen designated urban growth areas (UGA's) by using the Washington State Office of Financial Management's population forecasts, the County's 20 year population allocations and a detailed land capacity analysis process by the GMA mandated deadline of June 30, 2017.  UGA's for the following twelve cities/towns are being reviewed in 2016 and are the subject of the public hearing: Granger, Harrah, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Wapato, Union Gap, Yakima and Zillah.
Request for Comments
Your views on the proposals are encouraged.  You may provide verbal and/or written comments to the public hearing.  In addition all written comments received prior to the hearing will be considered.  You may send written comments via email to:; via fax to 574-1501; or via mail to: Board of County Commissioners Yakima County Courthouse 128 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901 or to Yakima County Planning Division, 128 N. 2nd Street 4th Floor Courthouse, Yakima WA 98901.  Be sure to reference the file number of the proposed amendment in your correspondence.
For Additional Information The Yakima County Planning Commission held public hearings on each of these proposed amendments and has rendered its recommendations to the Board in a document entitled " Findings of Fact and Recommendation" dated September 14, 2016.  Also the Yakima County Planning Division has prepared staff reports on each proposal.  These documents and other information are available under "2016 UGA Staff Reports including Planning Commission Recommendations" at this webpage:
Fore more information about the proposed amendments, please call Yakima County's Long Range Planning Section at: (509) 574-2300.
The information below indicates and describes each phase of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.  Information related to each phase will be posted here.  Please keep checking back because we will add more information as it becomes available.
Planning staff will brief the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission and the Public on the Growth Management Act and how it drives the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update project.

 The Public Participation plan is developed during this phase.  The plan clearly identifies the scope of the comprehensive plan update, when legislative action is expected and how the public can participate or comment.
Plan Development
This phase will result in a draft of Comprehensive Plan Elements as identified in the Scope of Work.  As each element is completed it will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and with a request for public comments throughout this timeline.  As each element comes into focus the implementing measures in the development regulations codes will be evaluated for any necessary changes.  With a completion of a draft Comprehensive Plan, will begin the next phase in the update project, environmental review.


Environmental Review
This phase is where any changes in goals and policies are evaluated for potential environmental impacts.  Based on the assumption that there will not be a dramatic change in direction in Comprehensive Plan goals and policies it is anticipated that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will be conducted.  This phase includes the adoption of a Draft SEIS.  A Final SEIS must be adopted within 60 days of the Draft SEIS
Note: Request for Comments due November 13, 2015
The final phase of the project is when the public and state and local officials review and comment on the overall plan.  The proposed plan will be sent to the Washington State Department of commerce for the official 60-day review period.  Any comments and issues from state agencies will be worked into the final draft as the Plan Commission concludes its review with public hearings.

The Planning Commission with then forward their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.  The BOCC then will hold hearings when the plan will be considered and officially adopted.