The Growth Management Act (GMA), adopted by the Washington State Legislature in 1990, directs cities within the State to plan for growth to help combat suburban sprawl, environmental degradation, and related issues that accompany rapid population growth. To implement the GMA, cities will write and adopt comprehensive plans to address the concerns outlined above.
The Comprehensive Plan Opens a New Window. provides guidance regarding policy decisions for the built and natural environment. That guidance is meant to provide a path for 15 to 30 years, which is why it is called “Long-range planning”.
The City is currently updating and/or creating land use and strategic plans. They will supplement the next Comprehensive Plan update. Below are the steps and outcomes of the City's effort to update it's long range plans.
The next step is reviewing existing land uses and capacity. A land use master plan details and addresses land use patterns, infrastructure capacity, and implementation of the City vision.
The City is currently developing a Land Management and Transportation System Plan update. The plans will provide a vision for preserving Battle Ground, while identifying areas of growth and viable economic development for a successful future.
Phase 3 includes the creation of topic specific and infrastructure plans, which will supplement the City’s land use and vision plans. Topic specific plans can explore housing, transportation, utilities, parks and trails, shorelines, or any other subject that effects quality of life within a city.
Phase 4 will entail sub-area planning, funding and execution, and periodic review to monitor success.