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These policies have been prepared under authority of RCW 36.70A.210(3) which states that, "A countywide planning policy shall at a minimum, address the following...Policies for promotion of contiguous and orderly development and provisions of urban services to such development..."

Community Design

DP-31Jurisdictions should minimize the adverse impacts on resource lands and critical areas from new developments.

DP-32Jurisdictions should design public buildings and spaces, transportation facilities, and infrastructure so they contribute to livability, a desirable sense of place and community identity.

DP-33Jurisdictions should develop high quality, compact urban communities that impart a sense of place, preserve local character, provide for mixed uses and choices in housing types, and encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use.

DP-34The County and cities are encouraged to protect and preserve historical, cultural and archaeological resources in a manner consistent with state law and local policies and in collaboration with state agencies.

The Built Environment and Health

Urban design has a profound effect on how well we live. This subsection of the Development Patterns chapter ties together how we build the urban environment and the values of health and safety. It responds to the legislative findings in the GMA where the state connects land use planning to health and public safety.11 The GMA considers provisions for health and safety to be a part of the goal of Public Services.12 VISION 2040 articulates the regional response to this state requirement and sets the stage for the CPPs to guide local plans. The policies here are the local response to state and regional initiatives that seek to connect land use planning with public health and safety.

11RCW 36.70A.010

DP-35The County and cities should address the safety, health, and well-being of residents and employees by:

a. Adopting development standards encouraging design and construction of healthy buildings and facilities; and

b. Providing infrastructure that promotes physical activity.

DP-36The County and cities should adopt policies that create opportunities for:

a. Supporting urban food production practices, distribution, and marketing such as community gardens and farmers markets; and

b. Increasing the local agricultural economy’s capacity to produce, market, and distribute fresh and minimally processed foods.

Incompatible Land Uses

DP-37The County and cities should conserve designated industrial land for future industries and related jobs by:

a. Protecting it from encroachment by incompatible uses and development on adjacent land;

b. Discouraging non-industrial uses on it unless such uses support and enhance existing industrial land uses; and

c. Discouraging conversion of it to other land use designations unless it can be demonstrated that a specific site is not suitable for industrial uses.

DP-38Adjacent to military lands, the County and cities should encourage land uses that are compatible with military uses and discourage land uses that are incompatible.

DP-39The County and cities shall protect the continued operation of general aviation airports from encroachment by incompatible uses and development on adjacent land.