Vashon-Maury Island Subarea Page
Vashon-Maury Island Subarea Page
The Subarea Plan is a 20-year plan that outlines a vision for the community and policies to help achieve that vision. The topics covered span many subjects, including: land use/zoning, rural character and natural resources, housing, the environment, open space/parks, transportation, and services, facilities and utilities. The Vashon-Maury Island Subarea Plan was adopted by the King County Council on December 4, 2017.
About the Plan
The Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area Plan was the first subarea plan adopted by the County under the new subarea plan process. The plan, lead by the Department of Local Services, included collaboration between county staff, nearly 300 Vashon residents, and a 15-person Community Advisory Group made up of Vashon-community members in order to create the guiding principals and vision for the community. The Vashon residents and Community Advisory Group participated in forums, completed surveys, and submitted written comments as part of the engagement process. The VMI Subarea Plan included several workplan items which reflect issues where additional work was needed to further review certain planning elements and local regulations within the island. Further information can be found below on these items.
2024 Comprehensive Plan Update
King County has begun the 2024 update of its Comprehensive Plan, a key policy document that guides how growth and development in unincorporated King County will occur over the next 20 years. The focus of this update will be on climate, housing, and anti-racist/pro-equity policies. There are two Vashon workplan items currently under review which have been included within the scope of this update. For more information about the Comprehensive Plan and how to get involved, please go to https://kingcounty.gov/depts/executive/performance-strategy-budget/regional-planning/king-county-comprehensive-plan.aspx
Current Updates Underway
Directs an interbranch team lead by the Department of Local Services to research the history of all "p-suffix" development conditions on Vashon Island and determine if any updates are required. P-Suffix conditions are site-specific development conditions which effect individual properties or groups of properties. Examples of such conditions include use restrictions, design requirements, and density limitations.
To learn more about this workplan item, please visit the Vashon P-Suffix Project Page.
Directs the Department of Local Services to review and assess the efficacy of the affordable housing special district overlay in Vashon Rural Town. The special district overlay was approved in 2017 as a voluntary incentive which developers can apply in order to increase the density of a development if certain conditions are met. Three preliminary reviews of the overlay have been completed with the fourth and final report currently underway.
Vashon-Maury Island (VMI) Community Service Area Plan adopted by Council
VMI Plan updated.
2022 - Q1/Q2
Scoping for the 2024 Comprehensive Plan update begins. Directs review of two items related to the VMI Subarea Plan.
Mid 2022 - Mid 2023
Engagement and collaboration with the community; engagement and analysis; develop long-range policies; analyze amendments to land use policies, publish Public Review Draft
Mid 2023 – Dec 2023
Develop Executive Recommended Plan
Jan 2024 – Dec 2024
Council review, amendment, and adoption.
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