Planning the Future
A comprehensive plan is the basic framework of goals, objectives, policies, actions, and standards that elected officials and city employees must follow while making decisions. Under Washington State’s Growth Management Act (GMA) and RCW.36.70A cities in Washington State must update their Comprehensive Plan every eight years.
As required by the GMA, Cle Elum must complete their Comprehensive Plan update by June 30, 2019 and will be asking for your continued support as they move full speed ahead on the project. The Comprehensive Plan is the 20-year vision of Cle Elum meaning the public’s input is vital. To ensure public involvement, drafts of the proposed updates on each element of the Comprehensive Plan will be posted to this page or found in City Hall, please feel free to review and share your comments. Information on how individuals can participate can be found in the Public Participation Program.
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
RCW.36.70A.070 requires 6 elements to be a part of a city’s Comprehensive Plan: Land Use, Housing, Capital Facilities, Utilities, Transportation, and Economic Development. The required elements aid city planning and decisions for the next 20 years. Each element is split into two parts, a description of the element and the goals and policies that will guide planning. Cle Elum also included an optional Parks and Recreation element in its 2007 comprehensive plan update due to the amount of recreation opportunities in and around the City; this element will continue to be included.
Element descriptions are below:
The Land Use Element is a broad section that contains information on how the City currently uses and will use the land in its jurisdiction. It also contains current and projected population numbers, a land use map, and a current zoning map.
The Housing Element includes an analysis of the current housing stock and projections of the required amount of housing needed to facilitate the projected growth.
The Capital Facilities Element describes the location, inventory, capacity, and future needs of the City’s capital facilities.
The Utilities Element contains the general location, inventory, capacity and future needs of the City’s utilities.
The Transportation Element contains information on the City’s forms of transportation, levels of service, and any future needs.
The Economic Development Element is a new element for the 2017 update and it contains general information about the local and regional economy, goals, policies, objectives, and provisions for economic growth and vitality and a high quality of life.
Parks and Recreation:
The Parks and Recreation Element contains estimates of park and recreation demands over the next 10 years. It also evaluates facilities, service needs, and opportunities for intergovernmental coordination to provide regional approaches for meeting park and recreation demands.
Although required by the state, reasons to update the Comprehensive Plan do not end there. Over the next 20 years, Cle Elum is projected to more than double in population size. Due to this growth, the City will need to establish guidelines in order to maintain the characteristics that its citizens value most.
For more information or notifications regarding Comprehensive Plan processes and progress:
- Email the Planning Department
- Attend a Cle Elum Planning Commission Meeting
- 6:00pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in the Cle Elum Council Chambers, 119 West First Street
- Attend a Cle Elum Comprehensive Plan Workshop
- Dates and times coming soon!
List of important dates coming soon!
Proposed Elements:(coming soon)
Parks and Recreation
Other useful documents
2017 Vision statement
2017 Public Participation Program
2007 Land Use Element
2007 Housing Element
2007 Capital Facilities Element
2007 Transportation Element
2007 Parks and Recreation Element