Walla Walla County Comp Plan process opens

Applications are being accepted for potential changes to area properties.

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Walla Wala County Joint Community Development Agency: www.wwjcda.org

WALLA WALLA — Applications are now being taken for amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.

County commissioners Monday approved motions to establish the timelines and criteria for this year’s process. The first deadline is 3 p.m. on March 29 when applications for amendments must be submitted.

Commissioners agreed this year’s process will include an invitation to property owners to request amendments to the urban growth area boundaries of College Place, Walla Walla and Burbank.

The Comprehensive Plan provides the policy framework for making land use and related decisions to accommodate the projected 20-year growth in the county. It also contains policies to guide coordinated planning between the county and cities within the county.

The development regulations, which are the county code and zoning ordinances, are used to implement the Comprehensive Plan and provide guidance to regulate land uses. The regulations apply to all unincorporated lands in the county, including the urban growth areas of the cities of College Place, Prescott, Waitsburg and Walla Walla.

In a release, Tom Glover, Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency director, said officials plan to follow an “aggressive schedule” to comply with state mandates and the Walla Walla County code, yet also allow opportunities for public participation.

After the close of the application period, a series of public hearings, first for docketing and then for consideration of amendments on the final docket, will be held by the county Planning Commission and county commissioners. Dates and locations of those hearings are being finalized and will be announced.

Information will be available and public comments on proposed amendments will be accepted via mail or email, Glover said. Background information on the amendment process and information on how to participate will be available on the community development agency’s website.

The target for completion of proposed Comprehensive Plan and development regulation amendments is December, Glover said.

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