Comprehensive Plan Update 2017-2037

The City of Pasco Comprehensive Plan 2017-2037

The Pasco Comprehensive Plan is a statement of goals and policies that outlines the community’s vision for the future. The Plan is a basic reference document that provides guidance for the development and implementation of specific ordinances and regulations affecting the physical environment of the community. The Plan also anticipates population and employment growth and how public facilities and services will be provided to accommodate that growth.

The city originally adopted a Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan in 1995 in response to legislation provided in RCW 36.70A. This Plan is a revision and update of the 1995 plan, and a response to the GMA requirement that the City of Pasco must review and, if necessary, revise the plan and any associated development regulations. Beginning in December 2017, the City of Pasco is on a GMA mandated track to review and revise this Plan every 7 years.

Plan Format

This Comprehensive Plan encompasses all geographic and functional elements related to the community’s physical development. It is general in nature and long range in its scope. The Plan is divided into 2 volumes as follows:

  • Volume 1: Contains an introduction including a description of the Comprehensive Plan, framework goals as mandated by state, a brief community profile, an outline of required elements, and other related information. Volume 1 also includes the 6 major elements that articulate the city’s vision for the future through goals and policies organized as follows: Land Use; Housing; Capital Facilities; Utilities; Transportation; Economic Development, and Implementation and Monitoring.
  • Volume 2, Part 1: Contains background information for the elements including supporting data, maps and inventories.
  • Volume 2, Part 2: Contains background information for the elements including supporting data, maps and inventories.

Public Participation

Meeting Dates, Times, and Locations:

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Comprehensive Plan Draft Elements:

  • Introduction
  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Capital Facilities
  • Non-City Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Open Space
  • Public Services
  • Resource Lands
  • Critical Areas & Shorelines
  • Economic Development
  • Implementation and Monitoring


  • Appendix I Glossary of Terms
  • Appendix II Public Participation
  • Appendix III Urban Growth Area Expansion
  • Appendix IV Capital Facilities Inventory
  • Appendix V Transportation Improvement Program
  • Appendix VI Bikeway Plan
  • Appendix VII Traffic Volumes
  • Appendix VIII Maps

Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Urban Growth Area Expansion

The Growth Management Act (GMA) (RCW 36.70A.110) requires the establishment of Urban Growth Areas (UGA) around urban centers. Pasco’s first UGA was established in April of 1993 and has been modified only four times since then. Development of the proposed Pasco UGA was guided by the Goals of the GMA and the provisions of RCW 36.70A.110 including the requirement to use Office of Financial Management (OFM) population estimates for growth.

The population estimates provided by OFM are the primary consideration for the establishment of UGA boundaries. By law, the UGA boundaries must be large enough to accomodate project growth for a 20 year planning period. OFM is estimating Pasco’s population will reach 121,828 during the next 20 years. This would be an increase of 50,148 over the 2017 official population estimate. Using the current OFM household size of 3.278, 15,298 new housing units will be needed to accommodate the projected population growth.

In addition to providing land for housing, the GMA requires the City to include enough land within the UGA to provide for a broad range of uses including parks, open spaces, schools, community facilities, streets, medical, institutional, commercial, retail and other nonresidential uses. The GMA also permits the inclusion of a "reasonable land market factor" when establishing a UGA to insure the boundary is of a reasonable size so as not to drive up land costs in a way that impacts housing costs. The City is currently facing the problem with escalating land cost due to the limited size of existing UGA.

On June 18, 2018 the City Council passed Resolution No. 3845, declaring the preferred Urban Growth Boundary for the City of Pasco. The resolution will be fowarded to Franklin County for its due consideration of the City Council’s request for the desired UGA boundary.