The Growth Management Act (GMA), RCW 36.70A, establishes the primacy of the Comprehensive Plan. Zoning, subdivision, and other development regulations must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The Bonney Lake Comprehensive Plan guides decisions about land use, development, City facilities, utilities, annexations and quality of life.
For more information on Growth Management visit our Growth Management Page or contact staff in the Planning Division.
The Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan is amended annually and is thoroughly updated every seven years. Regular updates to the Comprehensive Plan are important because of Bonney Lake's rapid growth. Portions of the plan were last updated in December 2011.
The City considers citizen-initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments on odd-numbered years. The most recent application deadline for citizen-initiated amendments was April 30, 2013.
2012 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The following proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments are in progress for consideration in 2012:
- Identifying the Falling Water Subdivision and the Tehaleh Planned Community as "Proposed UGA"
2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The City Council approved the following Comprehensive Plan amendments and changes to the Municipal Code on December 13, 2011:
- Ordinance 1406 [D11-130] - Eastown Subarea Plan
- Ordinance 1407 [D11-131] - Eastown Design Standards
- Ordinance 1408 [D11-132] - CUGA Comprehensive Plan Amendment & Zoning
- Ordinance 1409 [D11-133] - Midtown Plan
- Ordinance 1410 [D11-134] - Midtown Design Standards
- Ordinance 1411 [D11-135] - Midtown Land Use
- Ordinance 1412 [D11-136] - Park Element
- Ordinance 1413 [D11-137] - Cultural Resources Plan
- Ordinance 1415 [D11-151] - Midtown Zoning Ordinance
- Ordinance 1416 [D11-152] - Land Use Matrix
- View full titles and copies of ordinances on the Ordinances Page
Below are links to the most current version of the Comprehensive Plan in PDF format. A copy of the current Comprehensive Plan may be viewed or purchased at the Permit Center (paper copy or compact disc).
Comprehensive Plan Elements
The Comprehensive Plan includes the following elements (use the links below for more information and downloads):
¤ Download the Introduction, Table of Contents, & Definitions
( 78 K, Last updated December 2011)
The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that cities adopt comprehensive plans for how they will grow. This Comprehensive Plan provides the vision, goals, policies, and maps that will guide the City’s physical development for the next 20 years. The Plan will govern how the City regulates land use and provides urban services. Other agencies will use the Plan to coordinate with Bonney Lake on regional issues. Developers and businesses will use it to make investment decisions and to design their projects.
The foregoing Table of Adoptions gives some idea of Bonney Lake’s long-range planning activity since 1995. Many important new planning elements have been adopted recently, and the Plan is revised at least annually. In other words, this is a living document.
Citizens wanting to affect the future of their physical community have little choice but to get involved in this long-range planning process. The City has many opportunities for citizens to do so. If one waits until a particular development activity occurs, or fails to occur, it is generally too late to change the outcome. Comprehensive plans take a long time to set in place and a long time to implement. Amending the Plan consumes time on the part of all participants in the process, but the long-term outcome can be very rewarding.
This Plan establishes goals and policies, defined as follows:
Goals are the community’s hopes and aspirations. Goals are written as if preceded by the words, “It shall be the goal of the City of Bonney Lake to. . .” Goals are in bold italics.
Policies are commitments to act in a certain way to achieve the goals. Policies are written as if preceded by the words, “It shall be the policy of the City of Bonney Lake to. . .” Policies are in italics.
Community Character Element
¤ Download the Community Character Element ( 6.31 M)
The Community Character Element includes the Overall Vision, information on th SR 410 Corridor, and the contents of the Downtown Plan. This element was last updated by Ordinance 1247 on August 14, 2007.
Click here for more information on the Downtown Plan.
Natural Environment Element
¤ Download the Natural Environment Element ( 1.34 M)
The Natural Environment Element includes information on geologic hazards, water resources, fish and wildlife habitat, the Fennel Creek Corridor, air quality, noise and glare, and natural resource lands.
Land Use Element
¤ Download the Land Use Element ( 3.1 M)
¤ View the Future Land Use Map separately on the Maps page.
The Land Use Element includes information on history, existing land use, land capacity (residential densities), population, employment, urban growth areas, annexation, future land use, land use transitions, property rights, economic development, historic resources and essential public facilities. This element was last updated in December 2011 by Ordinance 1411.
The Future Land Use Map is available to download separately from the Maps page.
¤ Download the Housing Element ( 74 K)
The Housing Element includes information on goals and policies, GMA requirements, existing housing, housing needs, affordable housing and senior housing.
¤ Download the Transportation Element (FULL) ( 10.16 M)
¤ Download in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2
The Transportation Element includes an existing transportation system inventory, travel forecasts and alternatives evaluation, transportation systems plan, finance and implementation program, and information on travel patterns, cost estimates and projected travel patterns and revenues.
The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan was adopted by reference to the Transportation Element by Ordinance 1253 on August 28, 2007. Download the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan in PDF format in four parts:
¤ Part 1 ( 3.1 M)
¤ Part 2 ( 2.5 M)
¤ Part 3 ( 3.1 M)
¤ Part 4 ( 3.2 M)
¤ Download the Parks Element ( 1.25 M)
¤ Download the Fennel Creek Trail Plan ( 8.85 M)
The Parks Element includes information on existing parks, indicators of need, alternative level of service standards, costs, coordination with other agencies on regional facilities, potential funding sources, proposed funding, and operations, maintenance and recreation programming. The Parks Element was last amended by Ordinance 1412 on December 13, 2011.
The Fennel Creek Trail Plan was added to the Parks Element per Ordinance 1246 on August 14, 2007. For more information, download the plan (see link, above) or view the City's Trails page.
The Utilities Element includes information on non-municipal utilities (electric power, natural gas, telecommunications and solid waste). It also incorporates the Comprehensive Water System Plan, Comprehensive Sewer System Plan, and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan by reference. Use the links below to download the various items included in this element.
For high quality color copies of portions of this element, please contact the Community Development Department Administrative Specialist.
¤ Download the Utilities Element ( 35 K)
¤ Comprehensive Sewer & Water System Plans available to view/print below.
¤ Download the Midtown Element ( 462 KB)
The Midtown Plan serves as a guide for future development of the Midtown area, addresses needed improvements to access and circulation, and provides a clear vision for establishment of Midtown as a unique and attractive area. The western boundary of Midtown is Fennel Creek and eastern boundary is 214th Avenue. This plan was first adopted in December 2011 by Ordinance 1409.
Cultural Resources Plan Element
¤ Download the Cultural Resources Plan ( 2.4 M)
The cultural and historic element of the Comprehensive Plan is optional under the Growth Management Act (GMA), but the City is choosing to incorporate this element into the Plan because it is a vital part of the community's interests. The plan addresses arts and culture as well as heritage and preservation planning for the City of Bonney Lake. This plan was first adopted in December 2011 by Ordinance 1413.