2018 Comprehensive Docket

At their meeting on November 27, 2018  the Covington City Council approved Ord. 09-2018 amending the Comprehensive Plan  for 2018 with an associated code amendment.  

2018 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process
The city began accepting privately initiated comprehensive plan amendment applications for 2018 on November 20, 2017. To be eligible for consideration, applications for privately initiated amendments had to be submitted by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2018. 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 then puts together a docket of suggested changes 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 analyzed. The Planning Commission will hold public hearings and develop recommendations on the proposed amendments. The Council then reviews the recommendations as a package and votes to accept or deny them.

The city received the following comprehensive plan amendment applications for consideration on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Additional City-initiated proposals may be added to this list before the City Council  makes a final decision on the 2018 docket. 

(You can search for the application submitted for each proposal using the Permit # listed below. A scan of the information submitted can be found under "associated files.") 

Proposed 2018 Docket for City Council consideration

 Permit #



Associated Applications


City Council Determination on Docket (Res. 2018-06)

 (submitted 1/10/2018)

Soos Creek Sewer &Water District

Site-specific amendment to:
APN: 2622059016
27110 160th Ave SE

SEPA2018-01 &
Soos Creek Zoning Map Amendment

Amend the Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map (FLUM)for a parcel   from Urban Separator (US/R-1) to General Commercial(GC).  This would include expansion of the city’s   Downtown District.  In conjunction with   this proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment the applicants have submitted   Zoning Code amendments to amend the city’s zoning map to be consistent with   their requested FLUM amendment as well as a SEPA checklist. 

Not included on the 2018 Docket

(submitted 1/22/2018)


Site-specific   amendment to Lakepointe Urban Village 

APNs: 1922069041,   3022069001, 2022069152, 2922069162, 2022069012, & 3022069090

18808 SE 256th   St.

None submitted at this time

Amend   various sections of the Comprehensive Plan to increase the housing and   commercial square footage thresholds allowed within the Lakepointe Urban   Village Subarea (e.g. allow 1,750 housing units 1.32 million square feet of   commercial development with in the Lakepointe Urban Village Subarea).

Included on the 2018 Docket

(Delayed until 2019- The city has determined that a Supplemental EIS is neccessary for this proposed increase in the development threshold. ) 

(submitted 1/22/2018)

City- initiated

City-wide amendment

None submitted at this time

Technical Amendments and minor updates to the comprehensive plan.

Included on the 2018 Docket


 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 amueller@covingtonwa.gov.