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:
2015 Comprehensive Plan Update
Under state law, cities are required to do a major review and update of their plans based on a state schedule. Edmonds’ major update is due to the state by mid-2015.
Much of the current update work is focused on updating data (for example, using current Census data) and making minor changes and clarifications without changing the plan's overall direction. The 2015 update also includes a major update of the City's Transportation Plan. More information can be found here...
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 (5.8 MB) which contains the following plan elements:
The plan also includes a number of specific functional plans — contained in separate documents — such as:
Five Corners / Westgate Commercial Centers
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 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.
4th 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.
Highway 99 Enhancement
Beginning in 2004 with an enhancement study (3.2MB ) and market analysis (3.9MB ), 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.
Puget 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:
Snohomish 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.
The City of Edmonds is updating its Comprehensive Plan in 2015. Find out more here...
Click here for information on the Neighborhood Plans for Westgate and Five Corners.