Amending Urban Growth Area Boundaries

Criteria for Changing the Urban Growth Boundary

Chapter II of the County-wide Planning Policies outlines the process and requirements for changing the urban growth boundaries.

Expanding the UGA.  Expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary must demonstrate consistency with:

  1. All of the following criteria:
    1. For South County jurisdictions: the expansion area can and will be served by municipal water and transportation in the succeeding 20 years. South County jurisdictions must demonstrate that the expansion can be served by sewage disposal measures that provide for the effective treatment of waste water in the succeeding 20 years.
    2. For North County jurisdictions: the expansion area can and will be served by municipal sewer, water, and transportation in the succeeding 20 years.
    3. Urbanization of the expansion area is compatible with the use of designated resource lands and with critical areas.
    4. The expansion area is contiguous to an existing urban growth boundary.
    5. The expansion is consistent with these County-Wide Planning Policies.
  2. One of the two following criteria:
    1. There is insufficient land within the Urban Growth Boundary to permit the urban growth that is forecast to occur in the succeeding 20 years; or
    2. An overriding public interest demonstrating a public benefit beyond the area proposed for inclusion would be served by moving the Urban Growth Boundary related to protecting public health, safety and welfare; enabling more cost-effective, efficient provision of sewer or water; and enabling the locally adopted Comprehensive Plans to more effectively meet the goals of the State Growth Management Act.

Reducing the UGA.  Reduction of the Urban Growth Boundary must demonstrate consistency with all of the following criteria:

  1. Sufficient land will remain within the reduced Urban Growth Boundary to permit the urban growth that is forecast to occur in the succeeding 20 years.
  2. The reduced Urban Growth Boundary will include cost-effective sewer and water and transportation service areas, as applicable for each urban growth area.
  3. Reduction of the Urban Growth Boundary is compatible with the use of the designated resource lands and with critical areas.