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Yakima County Long Range Planning Section is responsible for the maintenance of the Yakima County Comprehensive Plan – Plan 2015 and the formulation and amendment of County land use regulations to implement Plan 2015.  These land use and development regulations are codified as Yakima County Zoning Ordinance, Title 15 of the Yakima County Code, as adopted in February 8, 2000 and amended thereafter. Long Range Planning provides staff support to the volunteer citizen Planning Commission and oversees the amendment process for the Comprehensive Plan and land use and development regulations consistent with the requirements of Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA) and other state laws.

A Short Course on Local Planning: Updating Your Plan

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About Horizon 2040

What’s on the Horizon?  Yakima County’s currently adopted Comprehensive Plan - Plan 2015 - is a policy document that guides County decisions related to growth and development in unincorporated Yakima County. The comprehensive plan is the centerpiece of local planning in Washington State. Like business plans, comprehensive plans provide the framework for how our communities will grow. And like business plans, they must evolve over time to be effective. Yakima County is required to update our comprehensive plan by June 30, 2017.

Updates will refresh policies and elements of the plan with an eye toward population and employment growth over the next 20 years.  With this growth comes potential for increased demand for residential, commercial and industrial land, parks, schools, services, utility facilities and roads. The 2017 update focuses on future land use needs in unincorporated urban areas, but has links to planning in cities and rural areas.

Open Houses

On Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, Yakima County Public Services Planning Division will host the first of two Open Houses on the update and validation of the Visioning Goals, a basic foundation to Yakima County’s Comprehensive Plan.  The first Open House will be held on March 18th at the Selah Civic Center, 216 1st Street, Selah.  The second Open House will be held on March 19th at the Zillah Civic Center, 119 1st Avenue, Zillah.  These identical Open Houses will be held in an open format and you are welcome to come anytime between 5:30PM and 8:00PM. Light refreshments will be served.