2020 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process
The city will begin accepting privately initiated comprehensive plan amendment applications for consideration in 2020 on October 21, 2019. To be eligible for consideration, applications for privately initiated amendments have to be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 19, 2019. The GMA limits Comprehensive Plan amendments to no more than once per calendar year, except for certain exemptions and emergency actions. Anyone can suggest an amendment, including residents, business owners, council members and city staff.
The City will put together a docket of any suggested changes to the Comprehensive Plan that are recieved to ensure they will be considered within a citywide context and will be available for review by the public. The City Council considers the proposals and chooses the amendments to be further analyzed by staff. The Planning Commission will hold public hearings and develop recommendations on the proposed amendments that will be forwarded to the City Council. The Council then reviews the recommendations as a package and votes to accept or deny them.
Instructions on how to propose an amendment and a formal application form are available on the City website at www.covingtonwa.gov. The current fees for a comprehensive plan amendment can be found in the city's current fee schedule. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.