Growth Management


Under the Washington state Growth Management Act (GMA), Skagit County, and the cities and towns within the county, have established a collaborative process for the adoption of countywide planning policies (CPPs), modifications to urban growth areas, and allocating growth in population and employment across the county. CPPs provide a countywide framework by which county, city, and town comprehensive plans are developed and adopted.

The 2002 Framework Agreement (Framework Agreement) was executed in 2002 by: Skagit County; the Town of La Conner; and the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley. The Town of Hamilton signed onto the agreement in 2014, and the Town of Concrete signed onto the agreement in 2017. The Town of Lyman could also sign onto the agreement in the future. The Framework Agreement includes provisions and procedures to address the collaborative requirement for planning at the regional level through GMA.

The Framework Agreement replaces an earlier agreement, from 1992, that had been used to originally establish countywide planning policies in Skagit County after GMA was signed into law. The 1992 agreement led to the first set of CPPs that year, with a subsequent amendment in 1996.

SCOG’s role

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) is not a party to the Framework Agreement. SCOG does, however, provide administrative support to the planning organization identified as the “GMA Committee” in the Framework Agreement, which includes a Steering Committee composed of elected officials, with support from a Technical Advisory Committee composed of planning directors and assistant planning directors. The Steering Committee develops recommendations for CPPs, urban growth areas, and allocations of population and employment to be used in comprehensive planning processes by jurisdictions planning under GMA.

Comprehensive Plan Consistency

Under the statewide Growth Management Act, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations are responsible for ensuring that transportation elements in local comprehensive plans are consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan (RCW 47.80.023). Skagit Council of Governments – as the Skagit region’s transportation planning organization – is in the process of developing a consistency review process. Check back for more details.