The starter package is a series of 12 videos, covering everything from roles and responsibilities, budget, and economic development to implementation, and community engagement. Each video is 5-8 minutes long and comes with a set of discussion questions that help you relate the video to your community.
Land use planning drives everything. Your comp plan lets you manage growth by choice and design, and not by chance.
You can’t separate your comp plan from your finances. A couple of key questions to consider now during your budget process.
Incorporating economic development goals and capital investments into your comp plan yields a healthy return: local jobs, goods and services and increased revenues to help pay for city services.
Form-based, design-based, or hybrid code: how to align your comp plan vision with community character.
Cities have three big players. Who does what and how do you stay integrated without interfering with each other.
Now is the time to work on emerging community priorities that reflect your changing values and environments.
Development regulations, capital projects and city-sponsored programs – three basic strategies for implementing your comp plan. How do you stay on target?
Do you understand due process and the risk for takings? And remember to keep your permit process clear and predictable to reduce your legal exposure.
Due process means staying reasonable, clear and understandable. Sunshine laws give people the right to know what’s happening. Stay transparent and follow the rules with emails and meetings.
Environmental protection needs to be an integral part of your comp plan update. How do you weave all the pieces (low impact development, SEPA, CAO) into your plan and have it make sense?
When it comes to public engagement, public hearings and newspaper notices don’t work anymore. But with today’s new communication tools, you’ve got lots of options.
A simple, concise, A to Z look at impact fees. When does a city need an impact fee? What does it pay for? When can’t you use it? How do impacts fees affect development? What’s the council’s role in setting fees?
These videos and discussion questions can help you update your GMA comprehensive plan and development regulations. Cities in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties must complete their updates by mid-2015. Cities in other counties follow in the next few years.
You can watch the videos within your city, or with neighboring cities. AWC worked with planners, city managers and electeds to brainstorm the key concepts facing you during comp plan updates. We wanted to make the conversation relevant. Fall is a good time to look at scope, schedule and budget for work that must be done in 2014.
City staff – You’re working with your planning commission, council and the community. The videos can help get everyone on the same page before you launch your work program. Some of you may want to start regional conversations, perhaps helping you steer areas of potential conflict into places of cooperation.
Elected officials – You don’t have a lot of meeting time. But you can watch the videos before a council meeting or during a work session with staff to discuss your community's issues, your priorities and the resources needed for success.
Planning commissioners – You are on the front line with your community. Your recommendations set the stage for council action. Watch the videos and begin the discussion.
The questions aren’t a cookbook. You’ll want to take the concepts and tailor them to your specific needs. These are suggestions for your community’s conversation. Please consult your city’s attorney and planning staff for specific legal and technical guidance.
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