Plans | Long Range Planning

Planning in Edmonds takes many forms and is undertaken by all city departments spanning virtually all functional areas. The city's Planning Division (within the Development Services Department) maintains a long range planning function which serves as a resource for these planning activities, but many of the specific plans are directly overseen by the various departments that have the most expertise in a specific functional area. For example, the Public Works Department oversees the planning for utilities and transportation, while the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department completes plans for those areas.

To find out more about planning in Edmonds, choose a category below:

Urban Forest Management Plan

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The City of Edmonds is working to develop an Urban Forest Management Plan that will primarily focus on managing trees on public properties and in public rights-of-way.  The plan will also consider some community-wide issues, for example, the community’s total tree canopy, the role of trees in critical wildlife habitat corridors throughout the city, and opportunities for public education.

Broad public input on the plan is welcome.  The Citizens Tree Board and Planning Board will also be involved.   Final review and plan adoption is a City Council decision.

A draft Urban Forest Management is expected to be ready in October for public review.  A final version should be ready for final action by early 2018.  Implementation of the plan would begin immediately after adoption.

For questions, contact:


July 26, 2017 Planning Board Update

June 22, 2017 Open House

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Presentation from June 22, 2017 Open House

Urban Forest Fragmentation Map

Land Cover Map

Tree Canopy Park Map

Comprehensive Planning

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Many of the city's long-range planning activities fall under the Growth Management Act (GMA) and are encompassed in the City's main Comprehensive Plan document (19 MBARgif2) which contains the following chapters and plan elements:

The comprehensive plan also includes additional plans which are adopted by reference and contained in separate documents:

For land use designations and patterns, you should also consult the Comprehensive Plan Map (1.7 MBARgif2). You may also want to explore other maps and studies that are available for reference.

Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 corridor is a key feature of Edmonds. It is comprised of a two-mile stretch of Highway 99 (a state highway) and the land area around it. Parts of this corridor abut the jurisdictions of Shoreline, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Snohomish County. A new Highway 99 Subarea Plan project is underway to focus on a community vision and approaches for making long-term improvements to land use and transportation in the area. Click here for more information.

Housing Plans & Studies

Neighborhood Planning

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The City of Edmonds has been working with a team of faculty and students from the University of Washington's Green Futures Lab — with assistance from Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) — to create plans for expanding the role of neighborhood centers to serve as more active and vital parts of the community. The first two neighborhood commercial areas to be addressed are Westgate and Five Corners. The project will develop concepts that exemplify sustainable approaches for redevelopment in suburban cities and preparation of a Special District Plan for each of the two neighborhood commercial areas. View information on this project here.

arrow-b4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

Linking key activity centers within downtown Edmonds is an important priority for the city. The city adopted a new master plan for the 4th Avenue corridor linking the Edmonds Center for the Arts with the downtown retail core in 2006, and followed that up with a design implementation and funding plan for the renamed "4th Avenue Cultural Corridor" in 2009. View information on this project here.

arrow-bHighway 99 Enhancement

Beginning in 2004 with an enhancement study (3.2MB ARgif2) and market analysis (3.9MB ARgif2), the city has been working to identify and promote differentiation and identity along Highway 99. More recent projects have focused on updating codes to streamline permitting and simplify regulatory processes as well as installing artistic/identity elements. View more information on this project here.

Strategic Planning

Click here to view the material on Edmonds' 2011-2012 Strategic Planning process.

Shoreline Master Program Update

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Click on the logo (above) to view information on the Shoreline Master Program Update.

Planning for Sustainability

Go to Community Sustainability planning...

Regional Planning

arrow-bPuget Sound Regional Council

The City of Edmonds is located within Snohomish County, and is a member organization of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). PSRC performs regional transportation, growth management, and economic development planning including:

arrow-bSnohomish County Tomorrow

Within Snohomish County, the city participates in Snohomish County Tomorrow, a collaborative inter-jurisdictional forum consisting of representatives from the county, each of the cities, and the Tulalip Tribes.

SCT's mission is to adopt a publicly shared vision, including goals and policies, to guide effective growth management and to preserve Snohomish County's unique quality of life. SCT 's primary function is to oversee the Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) which are written policies used to establish a countywide framework from which the county and city's comprehensive plans are developed.

Planning News

  • Highway 99 Subarea Plan

    Click here to follow progress on the Highway 99 Subarea planning process.

  • Shoreline Master Program Update

    Find out about the new Shoreline Master Program update, affecting planning and regulation city shorelines (including Edmonds Marsh and Lake Ballinger).

  • AWC Award

    The City of Edmonds won an Association of Washington Cities Municipal Excellence Award for its Sustaining Edmonds program.