King County Amended Countywide Planning Policies

On December 14, 2021, the Metropolitan King County Council adopted Ordinance 19384, amending the Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) and setting updated growth targets for cities throughout the County. The amendments to the CPPs must be ratified by cities and towns in the County within 90 days of adoption. the City Council is scheduled to consider ratifying the amended CPPs on March 1, 2022. March 13, 2022, is 90 days from when the CPPs were amended. Some key takeaways from the updated CPPs are:

  • The King County CPPs were amended by King County Ordinance 19384;
  • The amended CPPs establish the planning framework for jurisdictions through the County;
  • New housing and employment growth targets through 2044 are established in Table DP-1 (Ordinance 19384, page 23);
  • The housing growth target is 1,239 new housing units by the year 2044 (Table DP-1, Ordinance 19384, page 23);
  • The housing growth target did not change from the previous target;
  • The employment growth target is 1,300 new jobs added by the year 2044 (Table DP-1, Ordinance 19384, Page 23); and
  • The employment growth target increased by 140 jobs over the previous target.

Changes to the CPPs that affect the Mercer Island Comprehensive Plan will be accounted for during the periodic review that will begin later in 2022. More information on the Comprehensive Plan periodic review is posted on the project website at: https://letstalk.mercergov.org/comprehensive-plan-periodic-update

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