Comprehensive Plan


What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The City of Covington Comprehensive Plan is the City's official long-range guide for growth, development and change over the next two decades. It provides specific information about the community and its residents, sets levels of service standards and provides policy guidance.  Public input was strongly encouraged during the preparation of the Plan and extensive discussion took place in meetings and work sessions before the Planning Commission and City Council, leading to Council adoption in September 2001.

 What does the Plan consist of?
The Comprehensive Plan includes text, a Future Land Use Plan map and the 20-year Capital Facilities Plan.

The text of the plan includes an Introduction that describes and highlights the various planning enabling legislation that is the basis for planning in Washington cities and counties. It is followed by twelve elements: Land Use, Housing, Downtown, Transportation, Parks and Community Services, Environment, Surface Water Resource, Utilities, Capital Facilities, Natural Hazard Mitigation, Economic Development and Shoreline. These twelve elements provide the goals and guidelines that direct future growth consistent with the City of Covington's Vision.

How and why is the Plan amended?
Since the Plan looks twenty years into the future, it needs to be revised and updated periodically to keep it current and to incorporate changes in trends and community interests. According to the City of Covington Municipal Code (CMC 14.25.020), amendments may be proposed no more frequently than once a year (with certain exceptions for emergencies, etc.) so that all proposed amendments may be considered during the same time period.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan
Since the initial adoption of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, on September 1, 2001, it has been periodically reviewed and amended by the City Council to meet the changing needs of our city. 

In 2005, the City Council amended the Comprehensive Plan and adopted the Downtown Plan Element. The Economic Development Element was adopted in 2009. The City of Covington’s Shoreline Master Program was adopted as the Shoreline Element in 2011.  

The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed on line.

Any citizen or organization wishing to suggest other amendments to the Plan must submit a proposal as part of the annual "docketing" process. See timeline and application for amending the comprehensive plan at the bottom of this page. Through this process, the City will determine which, if any, of the proposed amendments will be "docketed" or placed on the Planning Commission's work schedule for the year.

2014 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application(s)

The deadline for submitting a Comprehensive Plan Amendment application for 2014 was March 13, 2014.  No applications were submitted by the public.  One application, was submitted on March 13, 2014,  by the city's Park and Recreation Department to amend the Park and Recreation Element and the Capital Facilities Element to reflect new information and update existing information based on the outcome of an ongoing effort to updated the Park's Capital Facility Plan. 

More information can be found by reviewing the Comprehensive Plan amendment application: CPA 14-01 & SEP 14-03.

A public hearing before the Planning Commission on including the proposed amendment in the 2014 Docket was held on April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm as part of their regularly scheduled meeting. The commission voted to recommend to the City Council that the proposed amendments be included in the 2014 Docket. On May 13, 2014 the City Council considered the Planning Commission's recommendation and approved the 2014 Comprehensive Plan Docket to include consideration of the Park and Recreation Department's proposed amendments to the Park and Recreation Element and Capital Facilities Element.

Anticipated public meeting & hearing dates on the 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments*:

June 19, 2014 - Planning Commission public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Park and Recreation Element and the Capital Facilities Plan Element in the city's Comprehensive Plan. Planning Commission will consider public testimony and deliberate and forward a recommendation to the City Council on final action.

September 9, 2014 - City Council public hearing on the Planning Commission's recommendation for CPA 01-14 and potential action.

* Subject to change

How can I participate?

Review the proposed amendment application(s), submit written comments and/or attend a public meeting or hearing and provided public testimony.

Instructions on how to propose an amendment and a formal application form are available on the City website at, in the "Strategic Long Range Planning" section, under the "Comprehensive Plan- Info and Form" link. Information is also available at City Hall at 16720 SE 271st St., Suite 100, or by contacting Ann Mueller, Senior Planner at 253-480-2444 or

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Instruction Guide & Timeline               Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application

How do I find out the zoning for my property?
The City of Covington Zoning Map is available online in PDF format (4,506 KB).

How may I find out more about my property?
You may access parcel and zoning information from the King County website.