Frequently Asked Questions About Changes
to the Comprehensive Plan, Development
Requirements, and Land Use Regulations.
Can I apply for a change to the City's
Comprehensive Plan or development regulations?
Yes. Anyone can submit an application
for a change to the current development
or land use policies and regulations through
the City's docket process. Every year new
requests are accepted for changes to the
Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations,
Long range growth policies
Future Land Use Map
What is the docket process?
The docket process is a formal process
to allow the City and community to systematically
propose, consider, and evaluate amendments
to local land use and development policies
and regulations. All applications for amendments,
as well as those proposed by staff and
the City's Commissions and Council, are
gathered and complied to make the Docket
List. The City Council reviews the Docket
List, usually in January, and approves
the proposed amendments on the Docket List
for further review. Council can add, delete
or modify any proposed amendment when they
approve the Docket List.
After the Council approves the Docket
List, all the amendments are reviewed by
staff, the Planning Commission, and state
agencies. The Planning Commission will
hold study sessions and open houses on
all amendments. For larger, more complex
issues, additional public meetings may
be held for that specific amendment.
When the amendments are ready for formal, “on-the-record” public
testimony, the Planning Commission will
hold a public hearing. The Planning Commission
will hear the staff report and staff recommendation
and hears public testimony. The Planning
Commission then makes a recommendation
to the City Council on each proposed change.
The City Council receives the recommendations
from the Planning Commission and makes
the final decision on whether or not an
amendment is approved. The Council may
hold their own public hearing, or act on
the amendment without further public testimony.
If my application is on the Docket
List, will the proposed change be enacted?
If your request is placed on the Docket
List, there are no guarantees or requirements
that it will be accepted or enacted. Through
the public input process, changes can be
made to the original proposal without the
approval of the party that initiated the
What type of public input is conducted?
During the review the Planning Commission
hosts study sessions, open houses, public
hearings, and open meetings to solicit
feedback on the proposed amendments.
When do I need to submit my application
An amendment application may be submitted
at any time. However, all applications
must be submitted by January 7th of each
year in order to be considered for that
year's Docket List that is reviewed by
Council. For example, to make a suggestion
for the 2011 Docket List, you must submit
your suggestion by January 7, 2011.
How do I submit an application for
an amendment to the City of Woodinville?
City staff suggests that anyone interested
in submitting an amendment application
speak with the Planning staff before submitting
an application. There are application packets
for Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulations
changes. Staff can help identify the information
needed for your submittal. You may call
staff directly at 425.489.2754, and ask
for a Planner.
Is there a fee for submitting an amendment
Yes. Staff determines if your suggestion
is a major change to the Comprehensive
Plan or development regulations, or more
of a housekeeping issue. These amendment
types require a different fee amount.
How long will it take to process my
Depending upon the type of amendment you
make, it could take more than a year before
final action is taken by City Council.
For less complex issues, like a minor text
amendment, it normally takes 6-12 months
to process your application through staff,
Planning Commission, and Council review.
For more complex issues, like changes to
the Future Land Use and Zoning Map, or
extensive new development regulations,
etc. it usually takes a year or more to
complete the process.
For more detailed information about the
amendment process or to ask questions about
proposing amendments to current development
regulations or the Comprehensive Plan,
please contact the City at 425.489.2754
and ask for a Planner.
Page last modified:
October 18, 2010