House passes bill from Rep. Dan Griffey to allow one-time extension of comprehensive plan deadline

The House has passed a bill from Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, that gives ten Washington counties a six-month extension on the deadline to review and revise their required comprehensive plans.

Comprehensive Plans and their periodic updates are required under the Growth Management Act. They are the centerpiece of local planning efforts that create a series of goals, objectives, policies, actions, and standards meant to guide local elected officials in their day-to-day decision-making on things like housing, land use, transportation, utilities, rural development, and more.

“I am grateful to my House colleagues for passing this simple but vital bill,” said Griffey. “The majority party passed several new complex requirements cities, and counties must include in their comprehensive plans last year but did not allow enough time for the guidance on those requirements to be created or for the Department of Commerce to update the grant funding process. This one-time deadline extension will provide the extra time needed.”

Counties in Puget Sound and other parts of the state already received a six-month deadline extension. House Bill 2296 provides that same extension to Clallam, Clark, Island, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston, and Whatcom counties, the last counties to need it.

“These plans are essential to our communities’ futures,” said Griffey. “This bill will afford them enough time to update their plans with new Climate Change and Resiliency requirements the majority passed in 2023, and other changes.”

House Bill 2296 passed 97-1 and now heads to the Senate.

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