The Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) is central to land use and infrastructure planning under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMA governs our local Comp Plan's framework, which identifies the characteristics the community wants to retain, reinforce, and achieve, as the City grows. The Comp Pan also identifies the resources necessary to provide services to the residents and business now and in the future.
Planning for the City’s future extends outside the current city limits to include the Greater East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area, within which the City is intended to expand.
The Greater East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area extends beyond the city limits to the unincorporated portions of the Urban Growth Area as shown on the map below. These areas are still under the jurisdiction of Douglas County however, through interlocal agreements and the Douglas County Countywide Planning Policies the two jurisdictions agree that the City will take the primary role for planning in these unincorporated areas.
The City has been provided a 20 year growth projection for an increase of 5,377 housing units in the East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area by 2050. The City is required to ensure there is adequate capacity, buildable land and infrastructure to accommodate this growth.
What is in the Plan?
There are seven mandatory elements that must be included in the Comp Plan; Land Use, Housing, Capital Facilities, Utilities, Transportation, Climate Change & Resiliency, and Environmental Protection/Critical Areas. The City has chosen to also include Economic Development and Open Space & Recreation.
The Land Use Element is central to the Comp Plan, because it directs zoning decisions, allowed land uses, annexation policies, and more.
The Housing Element directs housing policy, including types of housing and density. There have been several significant legislative changes over the past few years that affect the Housing element, increasing the City’s obligations and establishing minimum requirements.
This element is the plan for maintaining public utilities and facilities into the future, including how the plan will be funded.
The Utilities Element provides goal and policy guidance for all utilities within the urban area including water, sewer, electricity, stormwater, and telecommunications.
The Transportation element addresses the City’s streets and sidewalks, transit and non-motorized modes.
This is a new element required by legislation for 2023, addressing our community's resiliency on climate change.
The Critical Areas element provides policy guidance for protecting environmental systems within our community such as wetlands, fish and wildlife habitats, geologically hazardous areas, frequently flooded areas and aquifer recharge areas.
The Economic Development Element lays out the City’s plan for attracting and retaining businesses.
The open space and recreation element contains an inventory of parks as well as goals and policies. This element adopts and heavily relies on the Eastmont Metropolitan Park District's plan.
Growth is inevitable and the Comprehensive Plan, East Wenatchee 2050, acts as a blueprint for development within the city and the urban growth area, over a 20-year period. It will impact neighborhoods, businesses, traffic, the environment, and you. Additional Info...
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