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Franklin County Comprehensive Plan Update Project

Summary of the project


Franklin County is conducting a periodic update of its Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the state's Growth Management Act (GMA).  The update was begun in 2017 and will be adopted in mid 2021.

The County's Comprehensive Plan is an expression of the County's values and priorities.  The Comprehensive Plan provides a 20-year vision for how the citizens of the community want their County to look and to function.  The County first adopted a Comprehensive Plan in the 1970s.  After the passage of the Growth Management Act (GMA), the County adopted a Comprehensive Plan to address the elements required by the GMA in 1995.  The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted the current version of the Comprehensive Plan in 2008, and has amended that document a few times since. 

        Project Update Notice - English        Project Update Notice - Spanish


On May 4, 2021 following a series of public hearings, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the Comprehensive Plan Update to the Board of County Commissioners.  The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the plan on June 1, 2021 at 7pm at the HAPO Center.  Following the public hearing, the Board will have the opporunity to take final action on the matter. 


MARCH 2021:  Franklin County has completed and updated a "Project Review Matrix" which records written comments recieved throughout the project's timespan and includes the response for each comment.  See the Project Review Matrix here.  

JANUARY 2021:  Franklin County is ready to proceed with the Comprehensive Plan Update adoption process.  The Draft 2018-2038 Comprehensive Plan Document is now available!  The document is a compilation of all of the Plan Elements that were previously reviewed during Planning Commission workshops.  PUBLIC HEARINGS AND MEETINGS ARE LISTED ON THE "EVENTS" TAB OF THIS SITE.  The SEPA DNS (issued January 14, 2021) for this action has a comment period of January 14, 2021 through January 28, 2021.

JUNE 2018:  Franklin County is continuing to make progress toward the requirement for a mandatory update ("Periodic update") to the Comprehensive Plan.  In June 2018, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2018-197 to document progress toward the completion of this important work.  County review of the UGA applications is on hold.  The Cities are supplementing their requests with further information and documentation.

JUNE 2018:  The City of Pasco submitted a request for an expansions to its Urban Growth Areas.  The City of Pasco has requested an expansion of approximately 4,855 acres which would be designated as: Low Density Residential, Mixed Residential, Industrial, Commercial and a classification known as Airport Reserve 2.  The application is posted on this website, under the tab "UGA Applications."  The City of Pasco is now in the process of possibily amending its request, following the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which is being used to study three alternatives.  This process is expected to conclude in Fall 2019, and then the County will resume processing of the application, with any changes.

JULY 29, 2019:  The City of Connell submitted an amended propsoed expansion to their Urban Growth Area.  The City of Connell request is for the addition of approximately 80 acres of land to be designated as Industrial, and for the removal of approximately 300 acres of land which is designated for Agriculture, that is unincoproated lands.  The revised application is shown under the tab "UGA Applications."

OCTOBER 2019:  The Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2019-312, adopting the County-Wide Planning Policies.  

MAY 2020:   The City of Pasco has released a Draft EIS of their Comprehensive Plan updateThe comment period on the Draft EIS will close June 15, 2020.  The document includes an analysis of the City's pending propsoal to expand their Urban Growth Area (UGA).  Modifications to UGAs may only be approved by County Commissioners.  

NOVEMBER 2020:  The City of Pasco has submitted an amended propsoed expansion to their Urban Growth Area to Franklin County.  The City of Pasco's request is for the addition of approximately 3,448 acres in various designations to accommodate growth​ through the year 2038.  The revised application is shown under the tab "UGA Applications."

We invite you to be involved in this important update process.

Citizen involvement is an important component of this project.  This project website is designed to provide up-to-date information on the project and provide documents and materials for citizen comments and review.  

Upcoming events (such as Planning Commission workshops or hearings) are listed on the "Events" tab.

Please use one of the following forms to provide your feedback, or email planning@co.franklin.wa.us with "Comprehensive Plan comments" in the subject line.

      Comment Form - English        Comment Form - Spanish


The Draft 2018-2038 Comprehensive Plan Document is now available!
See the Project Review Matrix here.
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