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Planned action

Adopt a planned action pursuant to RCW 43.21C.440(1)(b)(ii), except that an environmental impact statement pursuant to RCW 43.21C.030 is not required for such an action.

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  • Overarching information on Planned Actions, Planned Action resources, and links to older Planned Actions (2012 and earlier): http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Planning/Land-Use-Administration/Planned-Action.aspx
  • Covington adopted a Planned Action Ordinance for the Hawk Property Subarea Plan in 2014. The Hawk property subarea is 212 acres of a former gravel mine now undergoing reclamation, into an urban village with mixed use commercial and residential development (up to 1,500 residential units and up to 850,000 SF of commercial). In addition to Comprehensive Plan updates, the process also updated the zoning.
  • Edmonds completed a Planned Action Ordinance for the Highway 99 Subarea Plan in 2017. Additional information about the project, including the final EIS, can be found here. The Plan supports increased economic vitality, promotes new opportunities for housing and employment, and provides for enhanced multi-modal mobility throughout the Highway 99 (SR99) study area. The Planned Action contemplated 1.6 million square feet of non-residential uses and 3,325 dwelling units.
  • Federal Way updated their 2006 Planned Action Ordinance in 2016 for the City Center. The City Center Planned Action is codified in 15.130 of the city's municipal code. The Ordinance is located below under "Other Resources and Information." The Planned Action assumes up to 2,400 residential units, 475,000 SF of retail, 400,000 SF of office and 600 hotel rooms.
  • Lake Stevens adopted two subarea plans in 2012 which have Planned Actions associated with them (38.120):
  • Lakewood completed a Planned Action Ordinance for the Downtown Subarea Plan in 2018, which included associated development code in Chapter 18B. The final EIS, Addendums, and additional outreach and project documentation can be found here. The Plan envisions additional housing within the downtown.
  • Shoreline has completed several Planned Action Ordinances, including two around light rail stations:
  • Sumner completed a Planned Action Ordinance for the Town Center Subarea Plan in 2018, in combination with form-based codes. The Final SEIS can be found here. The development thresholds assumed 339 housing units and 408 new jobs under the No Action Alternative and 1,194 housing units and 460 new jobs under the Action Alternative. The Ordinance is located below under "Other Resources and Information."
  • Woodinville completed a Planned Action Ordinance in 2015, with minor updates in 2016, for their Central Business District. The plan contemplated 1,887 new housing units and 3,618 new jobs.
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