Comprehensive Plan 101

What a Comprehensive Plan is, and why is it important?

Everett’s comprehensive plan is our "road map" to the community's vision for the next 20 years and helps guide how Everett will grow, look, and operate.

Everett is the largest city in Snohomish County and as our community continues to grow, it is vital that we responsibly plan for that growth. The comprehensive plan guides public policy to accommodate the future population, housing, and job growth and plans for the future of many of the things that contribute to the quality of life in Everett: parks, housing, economic development, environmental sustainability, transportation, and utilities. 

To stay current and useful, and as required by the state’s Growth Management Act, we update the plan periodically as required by state law. Community members play an important role in this work so the plan reflects the vision, needs, and goals of our community’s residents, businesses, and partner agencies.

What is in a Comprehensive Plan

In addition to community’s vision for Everett, the plan includes goals, policies and objectives to guide thoughtful growth and development, and a plan for infrastructure and other public facilities and services. This includes:

  • How land is used for housing, economic activity, transportation systems, utilities, parks, environmental justice, and environmental sustainability
  • How development regulations are interpreted by planning staff
  • How public projects are designed, financed and implemented
  • A program of capital expenditures, particularly those necessary for growth, and a financing plan for those facilities

Throughout this process, we coordinate with local and regional partners to help guide this work, including VISION 2050, 2021 Buildable Lands Report, Initial Growth Targets and Countywide Planning Policies. Additional state and regional goals and policies that will guide the 2044 update include an emphasis in key areas, including:

  • Policies and actions that advance equity throughout the community
  • Policies and actions that address the risk of displacement due to redevelopment or economic factors
  • Transit-Oriented Development in anticipation of high-capacity transit
  • Contribution to regional greenhouse gas emission
  • Directing the majority of growth into designated Centers

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