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LONG RANGE PLANNING DIVISION
The Long Range Planning Division is responsible for:
Maintaining and updating the Comprehensive Plan
Processing development regulation code amendments to the Municipal Code.
Staffing the Planning Commission
More generally, the Division ensures the City is compliant with the State's Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A), provides input to Snohomish County for buildable lands processes, and housing issues.
The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires cities to adopt Comprehensive Plans, which must include seven mandatory elements described in RCW 36.70A. Also, three optional elements and subarea plans may be part of the Comprehensive Plan if they are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan's goals and policies.
Long Range Planning is responsible for processing rezone applications. Most, but not all, rezones also require a Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
Long Range Planning is responsible for amending and updating the City's land devlopment regulations. Development regulations in the Mukilteo Municipal Code are found within the following titles:
Title 16 - Subdivisions and Planning
Title 17 - Zoning
Title 18 - Land Use Enforcement
Development regulations are intended to implement the Comprehensive Plan thus must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plans goals and policies. Development regulation code amendments are first considered at a public hearing by the Planning Commission which then makes a recommendation to the City Council which is the decision-making authority for all code amendments. The City Council has the option to consider the amendment at either at a public hearing to allow additional public testimony or at a public meeting where no new testimony is received. Past practice has been for the City Council to consider amendments in a public hearing setting.
The Planning Commission is the City’s research and fact finding agency. It is charged under MMC 2.36 – Planning Commission, to make recommendations to the City Council on all land use issues. As such, the Commission is responsible for recommending to the City Council amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, zoning code and subdivision regulations.
The Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. An agenda and supporting material will be available approximately one week before the meeting via the calendar on the City website home page.