Welcome to the online open house for the City of Edmonds’ Comprehensive Plan Update!

Everyone’s Edmonds is the 2024 update to the Comprehensive Plan, the City’s primary policy document that outlines a long-term vision and provides direction for future growth and development over the next 20 years.

The Comprehensive Plan will address these important topics:

  • How and where will our city grow?
  • What kinds of housing and jobs will be available?
  • How can we invest in parks, transportation, public infrastructure, and services?
  • How can we meaningfully serve a diverse and growing community?
  • How do we protect Edmonds’ natural features?

The Comprehensive Plan will guide our decisions for how we become a thriving, inclusive city where people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds love to live, work, play, and call home.

Edmonds is a charming and welcoming city offering outstanding quality of life for all with vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, safe streets, parks, and a thriving arts scene shaped in a way to promote healthy lifestyles, climate resiliency, and access to the natural beauty of our community.

Our vision statement was developed through community visioning process, reviewed, and approved by the Edmonds Planning Board and the City Council.

Our online open house and community survey are now closed for public input. You can still read more about the project background and timeline.

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Project Background

What is a comprehensive plan?

What is a comprehensive plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is the city’s primary policy document for guiding growth and development over the next 20 years and covers a wide range of topics. These topics include city-wide needs, specific planning goals, and recommendations in our neighborhood centers.

Why do we need to update our current plan?

Why do we need to update our current plan?

Washington State’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that cities and counties update their Comprehensive Plans periodically every 10 years. Under GMA, jurisdictions are required to:

  • Plan for the next 20 years of population and employment growth as allocated by the PSRC and the county.
  • Review and update existing policies reflecting Edmonds’ needs and priorities.
  • Review and revise the Plan and development regulations to ensure they comply with the state requirements.
How do we know what growth to plan for?

How do we know what growth to plan for?

The State of Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) guides the required periodic update of the comprehensive planning process. In collaboration with cities, GMA, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), and Snohomish County set the growth targets for housing and jobs.

Per Snohomish County’s Initial Population Growth Targets for Cities, over the next 20 years, Edmonds is projected to grow by:

  • 13,000 people, 3,000 jobs, and 9,000 housing units.
  • Edmonds has 19,000 housing units and an existing capacity of 5,000. It must increase unit capacity by 4,000 for a total of 9,000.
  • Edmonds currently has a capacity for 2,500 jobs. Capacity for 500 jobs must be added.
How is the community involved?

How is the community involved?

The City intends to update the plan with a broad, inclusive, collaborative, and equitable approach. Since 2022, the City has engaged with community members to learn their needs and priorities, gather ideas, and collectively shape its vision and goals through various events and meet-ups.

Throughout this year, you will have numerous opportunities to contribute your thoughts before we present the final plan to the City Council.

Community Champions: Building from the Edmonds Equitable Engagement Framework, the City has piloted a network of “Community Champions” who will liaise, advise, and co-create inclusive engagement opportunities. The Champions will bring ties to the Edmonds community, and its underrepresented populations, preferably as seen through affiliations with social service agencies, neighborhoods, Community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, or other existing networks.

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What is the project timeline?

What is the project timeline?

Early project work began in 2022 with community visioning. The City is currently in the Draft Alternatives phase with a proposed plan and alternatives identified in late spring 2024. The City will submit a final version of the comprehensive plan to City Council in fall 2024 with adoption by the end of the year.

Graphic showing the project timeline.

How is environmental impact being evaluated for the projected growth?

How is environmental impact being evaluated for the projected growth?

Updating the Comprehensive Plan aims to positively impact the environment by encouraging diverse housing options, better transit access, alternative transportation options, protecting open spaces, and promoting sustainability.

However, to thoroughly evaluate the potential environmental effects of the Comprehensive Plan, the City will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) under GMA.

The EIS will identify environmental conditions, growth alternatives, potential impacts, and measures to reduce or mitigate any significant, unavoidable adverse effects. The EIS will identify environmental conditions, growth alternatives, potential impacts, and measures to reduce or mitigate any significant, unavoidable adverse effects. The SEPA process has several phases concurrent with the planning timeline that will include a Draft and Final EIS with plan submission later in 2024.

How to Use This Online Open House

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