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Draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update

The South Bend Planning Commission has been updating the city’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan and its members now are ready to invite the community to hear about proposed changes to the document at a public hearing on March 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM in the City Hall. 

This update to the Comprehensive Plan is necessary for the city to meet the mandatory update schedule under RCW 36.70A.130, Review procedures and schedules.  This law requires cities and counties planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) to update their comprehensive plans every eight years.  The city must complete this update process by June 30, 2020.  Failure by the city to stay in compliance with the Growth Management Act may mean it will not be eligible for state infrastructure grants and loans.

Because the city last updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2015, the Planning Commission only made a few changes in the current draft.  Each proposed change suggested by the Planning Commission is in yellow and underlined.

Once the Planning Commission considers citizen comments after the public hearing, it will make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The next step is for the City Council to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and the draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan.  The City Council may agree to the draft plan as presented, make its own changes as needed, or send it back to the Planning Commission for further consideration.

If the City Council is satisfied with a draft Comprehensive Plan, it will then give city staff permission to submit it to Washington State agency review.  State agencies have 60 days to consider the draft Comprehensive Plan and submit comments to the city.  If the City Council receives comments from this process, it will consider and decide how to address them.  Once this step is complete, the City Council can then adopt the new Comprehensive Plan by ordinance.

If you have questions about the new Comprehensive Plan, please address them to City Supervisor Dennis Houk.