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Development Patterns

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The physical form and location of development as well as the provision of services play a significant role in the development of livable places that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially responsible, and equitable for the long-term. The following countywide planning policies (CPPs) provide guidance for concentrating growth into existing Urban Growth Areas (UGAs), centers, and along high-capacity transit, and ensuring that growth occurs in a variety of healthy, accessible and well-designed communities that are connected with an efficient transportation network.

Development Patterns Goal

The cities, towns, and Snohomish County will provide livable communities for all residents by directing growth into designated urban areas to create urban places that are equitable, walkable, compact, and transit oriented, preserve and create open space, and protect rural and resource lands.