2020 CPA Opening

On February 4, 2020, the Yakima City Council voted to open the annual amendment process to the City of Yakima Comprehensive Plan 2040 by resolution in accordance with state law and the Yakima Municipal Code. The Yakima Planning Commission formally opened the 2020 annual amendment process at their meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The application filing deadline closed on April 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Review Process

One application was docked for the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendment process:

Applicant: Hordan Planning Services on behalf of Les Heimgartner
Location: 8014 Occidental Rd
Request: Change the Future Land Use map designation for one parcel from Low Density Residential to Mixed Residential, and concurrent rezone from Single-Family Residential (R-1) to Multifamily Residential (R-3).

  • A Notice of Application and Environmental Review was sent on July 31, 2020.
  • The Yakima Planning Commission held a study session on the proposal on August 12, 2020.
  • The Planning Commission held a virtual public hearing on September 23, 2020.
  • A Notice of YPC Recommendation to City Council was sent on October 8, 2020; revised notice sent October 9, 2020.
  • The Yakima City Council held a virtual public hearing on November 2, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. There is an item on the December 1, 2020 City Council agenda to adopt an Ordinance to approve the request.
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Comprehensive Plan Background

The information below is intended to provide a brief background on the purpose of the Comprehensive Plan, the periodic update cycle, and the yearly amendment cycle.

Under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), local governments in the state have to adopt, regularly amend, and periodically update an Urban Area Comprehensive Plan.  The plan helps guide long-range land use policy in urban areas by establishing a community vision for effectively managing growth over a twenty-year period.

The City of Yakima Comprehensive Plan 2040, adopted in June 2017, includes Goals and Policies related to Land Use, Historic Preservation, Economic Development, Housing, Transportation, Capital Facilities, Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Shorelines, and the Natural Environment. Those Goals and Objectives are accomplished through zoning, subdivision, permitting, and the implementation of other regulatory controls.

The GMA requires a full update of Comprehensive Plans every eight years, which means that the 2040 plan will be due for update in 2025. In order to respond to the needs of property owners in the interim, an annual amendment cycle is allowed to examine site-specific requests to modify the Future Land Use Map or Comprehensive Plan text. Whenever the plan is amended it is important to verify that it is internally consistent and that development regulations are consistent with and implement the comprehensive plan.

Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 16.10 provides the regulatory process and review criteria for the review of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Any submitted amendments will go through an extensive public review process which will ultimately result in a recommendation from the Yakima Planning Commission for final consideration by Council.