Comprehensive Plan Update 2017-2037

City of Pasco Comprehensive Plan-- 2017-2037 Update


The City of Pasco is currently working on an update to the Comprehensive Plan (Plan). The updated plan will guide decisions about development and growth for the city and its Urban Growth Area (UGA). Our Plan must also be consistent with the goals and policies identified in the Franklin County Countywide Planning Policies (PDF).

Project Documents:

Draft documents will be published here for review.

Comprehensive Plan Elements

Volume 1: Goals & Policies

Volume 2: Supporting Analysis:

  1. Introduction
  2. Land Use
  3. Housing
  4. Economic Development
  5. Capital Facilities
  6. Transportation (Not Available; In Progress)
  7. Public Services
  8. Non-City Utilities
  9. Parks and Open Space
  10. Resource Lands
  11. Critical Areas and Shorelines
  12. Implementation

Maps & Figures


Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan is expected May 2020.


The Comprehensive Plan is a statement of goals and policies that outlines the community’s vision for the future. The Plan guides city decisions on where to locate new jobs and build housing, how to improve the transportation system and where to make capital investments – from animal shelters and libraries to sidewalks and utilities for water.

The Plan also anticipates population and employment growth and how public facilities and services will be provided to accommodate that growth.  Pasco has more than doubled in population since 2000 and is now home to over 70,000 people.

The Plan must include the following elements:

  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Capital Facilities Plan
  • Utilities
  • Economic Development
  • Parks & Recreation

Pasco’s first comprehensive plan was adopted in 1995. The current comprehensive plan (PDF) was adopted in 2007.

Relationship to Washington State Growth Management Act

The Growth Management Act (GMA) is a series of state statutes, first adopted in 1990, that requires fast-growing cities and counties to development a comprehensive plan to manger their population growth. Under RCW 36.70A.020, the GMA established a series of 13 goals that should act as the basis of all comprehensive plans.

GMA Goals:

  • Concentrated urban growth
  • Sprawl reduction
  • Regional transportation
  • Affordable housing
  • Economic development
  • Property rights
  • Permit processing
  • Natural resource industries
  • Open space and recreation
  • Environmental protection
  • Early and continuous public participation
  • Public facilities and services
  • Historic preservation
  • Shoreline management (RCW 36.70A.480)

Urban Growth Areas

Under the GMA, the State Office of Financial Management (OFM) develops population projections for each state and county. Counties (i.e., Franklin County) are mandated to consult with cities and determine where that growth should be directed to occur. Additionally, counties are responsible for designating, expanding and/or reducing Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) boundaries. UGAs are areas where “urban growth shall be encouraged and outside of which growth can occur only if it is not urban in nature.”  (RCW 36.70A.110)

Outside of the UGA boundary, cities and towns are limited in the actions they can take. For example, cities are limited in their ability to extend utilities and other governmental services outside of the UGA.

For more information, please visit the Washington State Department of Commerce website on Growth Management.


Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan is anticipated for Fall 2020. [CoP1]