Comprehensive Plan Annual Amendments

Amendments to the County Comprehensive Plan are made once annually. The application date for proposed amendments is October 1st to December 1st of each year for the following year’s amendments. Proposed Amendments can have several origins. An owner of property within Benton County can propose them. The Board of County Commissioners can direct that amendments be processed, perhaps but not necessarily upon recommendation of the Planning Commission, or a citizen interest or property group. County Planning Staff can recommend amendments. Amendments can be the result of legislative changes in the law. Amendments to Final Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) will be cycled only once every five years (next UGA Amendment Cycle is submittal in the fall of 2023 for review in 2024.)

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application
Expansion of Urban Growth Area (UGA) Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application
Inventory Spreadsheet Application Addendum

The applications received will be reviewed under the requirements of SEPA (RCW 43.21C) and evaluated for Comprehensive Plan compliance using the “Comprehensive Plan Amendment Evaluation Criteria.”  Benton County Planning Staff will prepare a staff report on the proposals with a minimum of one Planning Commission open record hearing and forward their recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  The BOCC will conduct at least one open record hearing to consider and act upon the Planning Commission recommendation.  Final action on the proposed amendments is anticipated by September 1st of the corresponding year.  Notification of the hearings will be published in advance; those interested in receiving a notice by mail or email regarding the above actions may call the Planning Department at (509) 786-5612.  

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2021 Docket

2020 Docket

No Annual Amendments were received

2019 Docket

Benton County Planning Department
2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket

The 2019 Benton County Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle for the review of proposed amendments begins with the docketing of proposals. The County has received the following application proposal for amendment to the Benton County Comprehensive Land Use Plan:

File CPA 2019-001 is a request by the City of Kennewick to amend its Urban Growth Area (UGA) to add approximately 279.53 acres to be designated for industrial uses. The 279.53 acres includes approximately 56.70 acres of existing road right of way.  The property within the application is located South of I-82 and East of the I-82 and SR 395 Interchange and is located along Christianson Road in the South Half of the SE Quarter of the SW Quarter of Section 17 and the NE Quarter of the SW Quarter of the SE Quarter of the SW Quarter and the SE Quarter of Section 18, Township 8 North, Range 29 East, W.M.  Parcel # 1-1889-200-0001-003.

Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice
Planning Commission Public Hearing Packet - website version
    due to the large size of the packet the full version
      has been placed on dropbox

PC Findings of Fact and Recommendation
Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing Notice
BOCC Agenda Sheet and Planning Commission Record - too large to post
BOCC Ordinance 618
Resolution 2019-898
Notice of Adoption

Futurewise Settlement Agreement Documents
Comprehensive Plan Amendment
OA 2019-002 Zoning Ordinance Amendment
OA 2019-003 Subdivision Amendment
OA 2019-004 Rural Water Supply Program




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