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P.O. Box 257 (mailing)
1812 Main St. (physical)
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Annual Comprehensive Plan Docket
Under the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW), the city may amend its Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Map once per year through an annual “Docket” process. The city accepts annual amendment requests until January 31 of each year for consideration the current year.

Docket Process
City and citizen initiated amendments follow a phased public process:
  1. The City Council ratifies the proposed amendments for further analysis;
  2. Planning Commission review, public hearing(s), and recommendation; and 
  3. Following a complete analysis and public hearing, the City Council will grant, deny, or modify the proposed amendments by December 31 of each year.

Approval Criteria
The city reviews proposed amendments against criteria in the Comprehensive Plan:
  • The amendment must be consistent with the Growth Management Act & other applicable State laws;
  • The amendment must be consistent with the applicable County-wide Planning Policies;
  • The amendment must not be in conflict with the Community Vision or other goals, policies & provisions of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • The amendment can be accommodated by all applicable public services and facilities, including transportation;
  • The amendment will change the development or use potential of a site or area without creating significant adverse impacts on existing sensitive land uses, businesses, or residents; and
  • The amendment will result in long-term benefits to the community as a whole & is in the best interest of community.

Public Process

  • Final docket review will occur in the Fall of each year, with an adoption no later than December 31.  The city may review and update minor "housekeeping" land use regulations concurrently with the annual docket.
  • The city of Lake Stevens Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at the Lake Stevens Community Center (1808 Main Street, Lake Stevens).
  • Following the hearing, the Planning Commission will forward a recommendation to the Lake Stevens City Council to grant, modify, or deny each proposed amendment.
  • The Lake Stevens City Council may hold an additional public hearing on the amendments at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Center (12309 22nd Street NE, Lake Stevens) & take action.

City staff is available for questions at 425-377-3235 or at the Permit Center, Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Notice of Hearings for Annual Docket click here