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The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range planning document containing goals and policies, which are intended to be a guide concerning future land use, transportation networks, extensions of community services and facilities, parks and open space, designation of environmentally sensitive areas, and desirable urban design elements for the City.  As the City of Mill Creek continues to grow and change, the City's Comprehensive Plan is intended to change and reflect the needs and vision of the community. To implement the maps, goals, and policies of the Comprehensive Plan, development regulations are created and used to guide development and actions within the City. 

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires most cities and counties to adopt a Comprehensive Plan, update it on an eight-year cycle, and consider amendments to the Plan on an annual basis.  Included in the GMA are requirements for public participation in the Comprehensive Plan update process. State law requires that the comprehensive plan of each county or city be coordinated with, and consistent with, the comprehensive plans adopted by other counties or cities with which the city has, in part, common borders or related regional issues.  The City of Mill Creek is also required to be consistent with the Regional Plan, Vision 2040, and Snohomish County’s Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs).  The CPPs are written policy statements adopted by Snohomish County, which establish a common framework from which county and city comprehensive plans are developed and adopted. 

Major 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update
As required by the GMA, the City prepared a major update to the Comprehensive Plan in 2015.  The first step in the process was to conduct an audit with the recently updated Snohomish County CPPs and the GMA to determine whether the City's Comprehensive Plan would require amendments as a part of the 2015 update.  This audit was conducted and presented to the Planning Commission at regular meetings beginning in April and wrapping up in October.  

Public Participation
To encourage the involvement of citizens in the planning process, the City established a Public Participation Plan, which identified procedures for early and continuous public participation in the development and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations implementing the Plan.  The procedures provided for broad dissemination of proposals and alternatives, opportunity for written comments, public meetings after effective notice, provision for open discussion, communication programs, information services, and consideration of and response to public comments.  The City conducted an online survey, between January 19 and March 13, to give residents an opportunity to share their opinion on current City parks, trails and recreation programming and on where the City should focus its efforts and funding over the next 20 years.  Survey Results

Urban Growth Areas

The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires counties to designate Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) where urban development will occur.  In the mid-1990s, Snohomish County defined twelve UGA boundaries. One of the UGAs was the Southwest UGA, which contains nine cities including the City of Mill Creek.

Municipal Urban Growth Area (MUGA) Process

A few years ago, Snohomish County Tomorrow (a growth management advisory council) decided to look at defining internal growth boundaries for each city within the Southwest UGA. City and county planners designed a process, known as the MUGA process, to identify Municipal Urban Growth Area boundaries. The MUGA process was adopted by the Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee in April 2000.  The MUGA process was a collaborative process between Snohomish County Tomorrow, Snohomish County, and the nine cities in the county's Southwest Urban Growth Area, including the City of Mill Creek, and established MUGAs which have been adopted in the CPPs.  View or download a copy of the City’s MUGA boundary map.

MUGA boundaries contain all land within a city's current incorporated limits plus adjacent unincorporated territory, which a city has identified as being appropriate for annexation at some point in the future. A city's MUGA is based on location within the same drainage basin, shared community identity, logical service delivery areas, continuation of city street patterns, or other factors. A potential annexation area designation does not imply that the adjoining city is capable at the time of designation of providing services to the area at the city's adopted levels of service, nor does it obligate the designating city to annex the area within any defined time.


Land Use Map

Zoning Map
EGUV Illustrative Master Plan

Questions / Comments

If you have any questions, please call the Department of Community Development at (425) 745-1891.


Comprehensive Plan