A New Comprehensive Plan Update is Underway!
Longview’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update
The City of Longview will be working with community members, the Planning Commission, and City Council throughout 2016 to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The purpose of a comprehensive plan is to anticipate growth, establish goals and policies to guide development, facilitate economic prosperity, and ensure a superior quality of life. The plan covers multiple elements including land use, transportation, housing, economic development, as well as other topics that are essential to consider when planning for Longview’s future.
We hope you will participate in the development of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update! The year-long effort is outlined in the Public Participation Plan, along with a preliminary schedule of events and processes, which is available HERE
. Public input is essential to producing an enhanced plan that reflects community consensus and identifies ways to maintain Longview as an ideal place to live, work, and play.
Why Update the Comprehensive Plan?
The Longview Comprehensive Plan is crafted to meet the requirements of state law. The Revised Code of Washington, (RCW) 35A.63, sets forth the basic enabling act for planning and zoning activities in code cities that operate under the Optional Municipal Code. The Comprehensive Plan provides a consistent framework for legislative and administrative actions, always steering the City toward the desired future and away from a patchwork of laws and rules that conflict with the Plan's vision or with one another. While comprehensive plans are intended to take a 20-year look into the future, it is considered good planning practice to revisit the comprehensive plan at least every ten years to determine any significant trends or community changes that may have an impact on achieving the city’s long-term vision.
The Longview Comprehensive Plan also meets the requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) for counties and cities that are not fully planning under the Act. However, counties and those cities within counties that are not fully planning under the Act are still required to develop consistency between their comprehensive plans and their development regulations. This consistency is accomplished by adopting development regulations, such as a zoning ordinance and map, to implement the land use goals and policies contained within the Comprehensive Plan. The zoning map will help achieve the goals and policies specifically laid out in the Plan's Land Use Element.
Over the 20-year horizon of the Comprehensive Plan, its contents will be relied upon during countless discussion, as the City Council and various city departments make decisions on laws, rules, regulations and programs. In this way, we will ensure that change and growth over the next two decades will help us achieve the city of the future, as described in the Plan's vision statement.