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File #: AM No. 20-079   
Type: Staff Report Status: Presented
File created: 6/1/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/16/2020 Final action: 6/16/2020
Title: Redmond 2050: Comprehensive Plan Update Growth Capacity and Allocations Process Overview
Attachments: 1. Agenda Memo No. 20-079, 2. Attachment A: Buildable Lands Guidance Hyperlink
MEMO TO: Mayor and Members of the City Council
FROM: Carol Helland, Director of Planning and Community Development

Redmond 2050: Comprehensive Plan Update Growth Capacity and Allocations Process Overview


Receive information on how the county determines population and economic growth numbers that the City of Redmond will need to plan for in the upcoming Comprehensive Plan periodic update due in 2023.


Carol Helland, Director 425-556-2107
Beverly Mesa-Zendt, Interim Deputy Planning Director 425-556-2423
Caroline Chapman, Senior Planner 425-556-2442
Planning and Community Development


Under the Growth Management Act (GMA), counties, in consultation with cities, are responsible for adopting population and employment growth targets to ensure that each county collectively is accommodating projected population and employment. The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) provide the specific growth targets for each jurisdiction to plan towards.

These growth targets are determined by the Urban Growth Capacity Study, also known as "buildable lands." This is a collaboration between cities and King County to analyze recent land use development trends, and to compare those trends to comprehensive plans and growth targets that set the basis for the updates.

The Urban Growth Capacity Study determines if there is adequate land capacity available for anticipated growth across the jurisdictions in the Urban Growth Areas (UGA), if urban areas are achieving their planned densities, and if growth targets are being achieved. To do this, King County coordinates the development of the report, and each city provides a standardized set of development data for their jurisdiction. The land capacity study follows the following process:
1. Achieved Densities: Cities determine the actual development densities that were achieved and if they are occurring as pl...

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