2017 Comprehensive Plan Update
Chelan County was created in 1899 out of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties. According to the Census bureau, the county has a total area of 2,994 square miles and a population of 73,967. The County is led by 3 elected officials serving on the Board of County Commissioners, each representing a specific area of the county (Commissioner District 1, 2, and 3).
Chelan County’s first Comprehensive Plan dates back to 1958. This visionary document provided guidance to decision makers about what residents hoped to see in their community. In 1990, the State of Washington passed legislation creating a new framework for local land use planning and regulation, commonly referred to as the “Growth Management Act (GMA).” The GMA established specific goals and requirements that all local comprehensive plans and development regulations are to achieve. The GMA, as amended, is found under Chapter 36.70A of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
Chelan County adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2000 to comply with the GMA. The last mandated review and update to the Comprehensive Plan was completed in 2007, Resolution 2007-52, with additional updates occurring annually.
Chelan County Comprehensive Plan for 2017
The Chelan County Comprehensive Plan update process began in 2015. Each element (chapter) of the Comprehensive Plan has been revised to reflect changes to the County Code and Washington State laws. The following documents represent the proposed amendments & reference materials of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Additionally, the County is recommending to update the zoning code regulations, as well as the zoning maps, related to changes in the Comprehensive Plan.
The Board of Chelan County Commissioners held a series of public workshops through November and December, the public hearing for final review and adoption of changes to the Chelan County Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations, pursuant to RCW 36.70A.110 and .130 (Growth Management Act). The Public Hearing will be held at the Commissioners' Administrative Building, located at 400 Douglas Street, Meeting Room #1, Wenatchee, WA 98801. The public is encouraged to attend the Public Hearing which will be open for public comment and interactive discussion with the Board. The Public Hearing will be the final opportunity for public comment before Board action.
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On December 19, 2017 at 10:00 am, the Board will hold a Public Hearing to review and consider final adoption of the Chelan County Comprehensive Plan Update and Development Regulations. This includes the City of Wenatchee’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations related to the Urban Growth Area.
Any person may appear at said public hearing and present testimony orally or in writing. Written submissions will be accepted up to December 18, 2017 at 5pm.
Feel free to submit your comments by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Community Development 316 Washington Street, Suite 301, Wenatchee, WA. 98801. Any questions can be directed to Lilith Vespier at (509) 667-6586.
The following links are for the Final Draft Documents to be reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners on December 19th.
- 2017-2027 Comprehensive Plan
- Comprehensive Plan Appendices
- Code Amendments & Zoning Map
- City of Wenatchee Amendments
- Summary of Changes
- Staff Report
- SEPA DNS
- BOCC Transmittal Memo 10-27-2017