Growth Management Act

Washington State Growth Management Act

The Growth Management Act (GMA) is a series of state statutes that was adopted in 1990. It requires local governments in fast-growing and densely populated counties to manage growth by identifying and protecting critical areas and natural resource lands, designating urban growth areas, creating comprehensive plans and implementing them with capital investments and development regulations. 

The Washington State Legislature adopted the GMA to reduce urban sprawl, thus protecting the environment, sustainable economic development and the quality of life. 

The Growth Management Act also established 14 goals to act as the basis for all comprehensive plans. Under the GMA, comprehensive plans must address land use, housing, capital facilities, utilities, and transportation.  

See the City of Snoqualmie Comprehensive Plan HERE.