Current through Register Vol. 22-07, April 1, 2022
The act lists thirteen overall goals in
36.70A.020, plus the shoreline goal added in
36.70A.480(1). Counties and
cities should design comprehensive plans and development regulations to meet
(1) This list of fourteen
goals is not exclusive. Counties and cities may adopt additional goals.
However, these additional goals must be supplementary. They may not conflict
with the fourteen statutory goals.
Balancing the goals in the act.
(a) The act's goals are not listed in order
of priority. The ultimate burden and responsibility for planning, harmonizing
the planning goals of this chapter, and implementing a county's or city's
future rests with that community. Differences in emphasis are expected from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Although there may be an inherent tension between
the act's goals, counties and cities must give some effect to all the goals.
Counties and cities should consider developing a written record demonstrating
that it considered the planning goals during the development of the
comprehensive plan and development regulations.
(b) When there is a conflict between the
general planning goals and more specific requirements of the act, the specific
(c) In some
cases, counties and cities may support activities outside their jurisdictional
boundaries in order to meet goals of the act.
(d) Development regulations must be
consistent with the goals and requirements of the act and the comprehensive
plan. In most cases, if a comprehensive plan meets the statutory goals,
development regulations consistent with the comprehensive plan will meet the