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Central Principles and Framework Policies

These CPPs represent a significant contribution to a process designed to define and direct the collective vision of our community. The policies are significant both in substance and in the commitment they represent by local governments of Snohomish County. Guiding these policies are the central principles that the CPPs shall:

Be consistent with the GMA, other state laws, and the MPPs in VISION 2040;

Establish a framework for continuing coordination and collaboration between all jurisdictions of Snohomish County;

Allow for flexibility in local implementation;

Support attaining an environmentally, socially, and economically/fiscally sustainable county within Snohomish and within the regional context;

Establish a framework for mitigating and adapting to climate change;

Address and maintain quality of life; and

Enhance the built environment and human health.

The purpose of the CPPs is to guide development of local plans. The mandate for CPPs comes from the GMA. Policy direction in the CPPs reflects a local interpretation of how to blend the direction in GMA with the regional values expressed in VISION 2040 and local priorities.

The CPPs include General Framework policies that define and broaden the objectives in the Central Principles while setting the stage for cooperative action. The CPPs also include Joint Planning policies that address procedures for cooperation between multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Under Joint Planning, such cooperation does not necessarily involve all jurisdictions and agencies at one time. Other chapters of the CPPs are more directed toward promoting consistency among local plans. CPPs are prepared under the authorities of RCW 36.70A.210 and RCW 36.70A.215. Their implementation, to the extent necessary at the countywide and local levels, meets the intent of the General MPPs in VISION 2040.

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