Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for future change throughout Lynnwood. It describes the long-term direction and vision for the growth and development of the community. The Plan assesses the issues and opportunities that Lynnwood will face over the next 20 years.

The Plan includes elements to address all physical components of the community, including land use, transportation, housing, parks, public facilities, and economic development. Each element includes goals, objectives and policies aimed at making our community better and more stable.

The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires local governments to periodically review and amend their comprehensive plans and development regulations. The City Council adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan on June 22, 2015. The information below includes all the documents that were adopted as part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The City of Lynnwood is updating the Comprehensive Plan for the next 20 years! To learn more about the 2024 Comprehensive Plan update, visit us here.

SEPA Environmental Documents

The Comprehensive Plan is a non-project action that is evaluated through the SEPA process.  Below are adopted SEPA threshold determinations for Comprehensive Plan documents.

2015 Update of the Lynnwood Comprehensive Plan - Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS)(PDF, 406KB)

 2016 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments  - Determination of Nonsiginificance (DNS)(PDF, 2MB)


Annual Update Process

Per RCW 36.70A.130, the City of Lynnwood is required to periodically update its comprehensive plan and development regulations. The last major update the City completed was in 2015, with minor amendments occurring annually.

The Comprehensive Plan annual amendment process consists of three phases (Chapter 18.04 LMC):

  • Phase 1 (Spring): Review the proposed amendment list (PAL) and determine which of the proposed amendments should be further evaluated (adopted PAL/docket).
  • Phase 2 (Summer): Staff review of amendments on adopted PAL.
  • Phase 3 (Fall/Winter): Legislative process to consider proposed amendments.

2021 Proposed Amendments

In 2021, the City received three proposals for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Two are amendments to subarea plans and were submitted by City staff. The third amendment was proposed by Housing Hope and Edmonds School District to change the future land use (FLU) designation of a site (with a concurrent rezone). On June 28, 2021, City Council placed all three proposals on the docket for further staff review.

Proposed Amendments - Application Materials:

  1. College District Subarea Plan Application Materials (CPL-009773-2021)(PDF, 1MB)
  2. Highway 99 Subarea Plan Application Materials (CPL-009774-2021)(PDF, 1MB)
  3. Housing Hope Scriber Lake Application Materials (CPL-009777-2021 and RZN-009780-2021)(PDF, 5MB)  

2021 Legislative Process

The legislative process (Phase 3) is anticipated as follows:

  • September 9 – Planning Commission Briefing
  • September 23 – Planning Commission Hearing
  • October 4 – Council Briefing
  • November 8 – Council Hearing
  • November 22 – Council Action

There are occasions when meetings may be postponed or items removed from an agenda.  It is therefore advised that you confirm that the meeting is going to be held and that this item is on the agenda. Upon reasonable notice to the City Clerk’s Office (425-670-5161), the City will make reasonable effort to accommodate those who need special assistance to attend the Planning Commission meeting.

Planning Commission materials are available on the Boards and Commission calendar. Council materials are available on the Council’s webpage. Public notices and information about attending a public hearing can be found at




Questions? Contact the Planning Division at or 425-670-5410