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

More information on the adopted 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments can be found by reviewing Ordinance 11-14.

2015 Annual Comprehensive Plan Privately Initiated Amendment Process

Covington’s Comprehensive Plan translates community values and vision into the framework for guiding decisions on the nature and intensity of development in the city. Each year the city accepts and reviews privately initiated amendment proposals from the public.  Proposed amendments from the public usually address changing conditions or emerging issues and may include changes to policies or the future land use map.    Anyone can submit a privately initiated comprehensive plan amendment, including property owners, residents, and business owners.  The city advertised that we were accepting formal privately initiated amendment applications for consideration with 2015 Comprehensive Plan update, for 60 days, from October 21, 2014 until December 19, 2014.  The deadline for submitting a Comprehensive Plan Amendment application for 2015 was December 19, 2014.  No applications were submitted by the public.

How can I submit a privately initiated comprehensive plan amendment?

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

               Amending the Comprehensive Plan 2015Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application 2015

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.