Not as part of this study. There is currently a proposed minor expansion adjacent to the UGA (Urban Growth Area) for the North Creek High School that is being considered under the County’s “docket” process. Under the docket, groups or citizens can propose amendments to the County’s Growth Management Comprehensive Plan.
Under existing policy, before any UGA expansion, it needs to be demonstrated that the land capacity of the UGA is insufficient to accommodate the projected future population and employment needs. Also, there needs to have been consideration of alternatives to UGA expansions to accommodate the deficiency of land capacity in the existing UGA. This includes, for example, a review of opportunities for increasing densities within the existing UGA through “up-zoning”.
This study will not be generating this level of detailed analysis. If a UGA expansion is warranted in the future, more rigorous analysis and modeling of alternatives with environmental review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) will need to be completed. This is the process that the County undertakes with amendments (through updates) to the County’s Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan. Minor adjustments to the Urban Growth Area boundary do occur from time-to-time. More major adjustments are less common.