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SULTAN'S NEW COMP PLAN APPROVED BY STATE
November 13, 2008
(SULTAN, WA) -- On Monday of this week the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board found that Sultan’s 2008 revisions to its Sultan 2004 Comprehensive Plan do comply with the State Growth Management Act and thus Sultan will be allowed to end a moratorium on annexations, planned unit developments and subdivisions that has been in place since March 2008.
The Board said Sultan “has stepped up to its statutory responsibilities for comprehensive planning and provided a thorough public process and amended and improved its Comprehensive Plan even beyond the Board’s requirements."
The revisions to Sultan’s comp plan were necessary to bring the city’s Growth Management Act into compliance with state laws.
The Growth Management Hearings Board previously found that Sultan had repeatedly been out of compliance with growth management laws as a result of the city’s comprehensive plan failing to meet state requirements. That plan outlined how the city would accommodate growth in the future.
"The City Council, Planning Board and Sultan community worked hard over the last six months to address the compliance issues raised by the Growth Management Hearings Board," said Mayor Carolyn Eslick in a news release.
The approved revisions to the 2004 Plan address how to plan, provide and pay for capital facilities including water, sewer, stormwater, roads, parks and public facilities such as city hall and public works shop.
Revisions to the City’s development regulations include clarifications about when and how property owners will be expected to pay fair-share costs for extensions of planned water, sewer, storm water, transportation and park systems.
The revised comp plan is available on line here: http://www.ci.sultan.wa.us/City_Hall/City_Departments/Community_Development/Comprehensive_Plan_Drafts/2008-09-15/
Sultan residents can stay informed about future changes to the Comprehensive Plan by attending Planning Board meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm and at Sultan City Council meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:00pm.