Docket and County-Initiated Amendments

The Comprehensive Plan is a living document that embodies all of the community priorities and policies that guide decision-making in Snohomish County. Broad in scope, the Comprehensive Plan touches on issues ranging from land use planning and transportation investments to environmental protection and park space. And importantly, the Comprehensive Plan acts as a community vision over a long time period. From time to time, the policies that guide this vision may warrant changes. Individuals from the public and the County may propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan at any time. But under established processes, those amendment proposals may only be considered by the County at specific time periods.

The Docket Process

Docketing is a public participation procedure required by the state Growth Management Act to allow interested citizens the opportunity to request amendments to Snohomish County’s comprehensive plan and implementing development regulations. Snohomish County has adopted docketing procedures in Chapter 30.74 of County code.

Through docketing, Planning and Development Services (PDS) accepts applications on an annual basis, performs required evaluations, and forwards its recommendations to the County Council for consideration. The deadline for a docket application submittal is the last business day in October. View the following documents or contact Steve Skorney, Senior Planner, at Steve Skorney Email or 425.262.2207 for more information:

To learn more about docketing, view the full process on the Docketing Process page.

The County-Initiated Amendment Process

Proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that are County-initiated are also reviewed by PDS, the Planning Commission through a public hearing, and the County Council through a public hearing. The procedures for processing County-initiated proposals are contained in Chapter 30.73 of the County code.