With the passage of the Growth Management Act
(GMA), RCW 36.70A
, in 1990, the Washington State Legislature sought to create a method for comprehensive land use planning involving citizens, communities, counties, cities, and the private sector that would prevent uncoordinated and unplanned growth. The legislature found this type of uncontrolled growth posed a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development, and the health, safety and high quality of life enjoyed by residents of Washington State.
To address this concern, the GMA requires counties of a certain size and growth rate, and the cities within them, to adopt comprehensive plans and development regulations which are guided by 14 goals which include the consideration of transportation, housing, economic development, natural resource industries, property rights, and the environment. Learn more on the Growth Management Hearings Board website