Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications

The City of Sammamish’s 20-year Comprehensive Plan, last fully updated in 2015, provides a vision for the future, identifies goals and policies to achieve that vision, creates a basis for the City’s regulations, and guides future decision-making. 

State law authorizes the City to allow the public to submit updates, amendments, or other revisions to the Comprehensive Plan and associated zoning regulations, once a year during the docketing process.  

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications are due October 1, 2018 by 5:00 PM.  


A Pre-application conference is required (per SMC 24.25.050(4)). To ensure availability, please request your conference before September 17,2018.

The first step in proposing a Site-Specific Land Use Map Amendment is a Pre-Application Conference where you'll learn about the application requirements as well as the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process.

Conferences are in-person meetings with slots filled in the order that conference requests are received.

The fee for a Pre-Application Conference is $384 and will be collected before the conference begins.    

Once the Pre-Application Conference is complete, you may proceed with submitting your Site-Specific Land Use Map Amendment proposal.

Site-Specific Land Use Map Amendment applications currently under review

Below are common questions related to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process.

As a city planning under the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW), Sammamish must adopt a Comprehensive Plan and review and update it every eight years. The Comprehensive Plan includes goals, objectives, policies, actions, and standards that are intended to guide day-to-day decisions by elected officials and local government staff. The Comprehensive Plan is the City’s official policy statement on how it will manage growth.

The City of Sammamish adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 2003 as well as a full update in 2015. The 2015 Comprehensive Plan includes mandated and optional elements and serves as a framework for decisions over a 20-year planning period focused on land use, housing, capital facilities, utilities, parks and recreation, and environment, and conservation.

Major updates to the Comprehensive Plan are required (per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 36.70A.130) every eight years, with the most recent being done 2015. These major updates allow the City to make changes to the Plan in response to changes in local conditions and priorities, county planning policies, and state law.

In between these major updates, the City is allowed (per RCW 36.70A.130(2)(a)) to consider amendments to the Comprehensive Plan once per year. This annual consideration process is called the “annual review.” During the annual review, there are two types of allowed amendment proposals: text amendments and site-specific land use map amendments, each with its own application form and process.

If approved during docket review, the amendments will be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council will consider as part of their work plans the following year.

Applications must be submitted to the City by September 30th (per SMC 24.25.070(1)) for consideration on the following year’s docket. Once an application is submitted and has been reviewed for completion, it goes to Docket Review where an initial review is done and a public hearing is held, first by the Planning Commission and then by the City Council.

This initial review looks at:
•Whether the proposal meets the requirements of the Sammamish Municipal Code;
•Whether City staff has the time and resources to fully consider the proposal in the following year;
•How the proposal meets the criteria listed in SMC 24.15.040(2); and
•Whether the Planning Commission and City Council think the proposal is worthy of further analysis.

Proposals that are determined by the City Council to be further analyzed are docketed for the following year’s Legislative Review. During the Legislative Review, docketed proposals undergo further analysis by City staff and will be reviewed and subject to an additional public hearing by the Planning Commission and City Council.

During Legislative Review, Site-Specific Land Use Map proposals will be publicly noticed per SMC 20.05.060(6), (7) and (8). Additional information about the proposal may be requested by the City during this process as well.

If approved, a Site-Specific Land Use Map Amendment changes the future land use designation of a property or small group of properties. For this reason, a zone reclassification is also needed to change the zoning of the property on the current zoning map. Site-Specific Land Use Map Amendment applicants may want to apply for a zone reclassification if their proposal is placed on the docket.

A zone reclassification is a Type 3 land use action that must receive a recommendation by the Director of Community Development. It is also subject to a hearing and decision by the Hearing Examiner based on criteria pursuant to SMC 20.10.210 and is appealable to superior court.

You will receive confirmation from City staff shortly after submittal. After this, staff will review your application for the following:
•Completeness (ensuring all required materials are provided and sufficient information is included);
•Whether the proposal meets the requirements of the Sammamish Municipal Code;
•Whether City staff has the time and resources to fully consider the proposal in the following year; and
•How the proposal meets the criteria listed in SMC 24.15.040(2);

The above assessment, along with the information provided in your application, will be integrated into a presentation that will be given to the Planning Commission and City Council.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the October 18th and November 1st Planning Commission Meetings as well as the December 3rd and 4th City Council Meetings. Applicants can choose to provide comments on their application and proposal at these meetings if they choose.

The City Council has decision-making authority over all Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals. The City Council has broad authority to approve, deny, modify, or defer a Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal.

Because the Comprehensive Plan amendment process is discretionary, there is no formal appeal process for a Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal that is not approved.

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