Leaders adopt changes to regional growth blueprint

January 8, 2013

By Staff

The growth blueprint approved by King County Council members Dec. 3 is meant to strengthen protections for open space and farmland, officials said after the council adopted the latest update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.

The document guides growth in unincorporated communities, including Preston, Four Creeks and other areas just outside Issaquah city limits.

The plan sets policy on such major issues as annexations, transportation and the environment. Under the State Growth Management Act, passed in 1990, state law directs the most-populous and fastest-growing counties to prepare comprehensive land-use plans for a 20-year span.

The adopted updates to the comprehensive plan include policies meant to support a robust resource-based economy in the rural area, changes in affordable housing rules, increased emphasis on residents’ health and wellness, and measures to protect wildlife habitat.

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