Long Range Planning

The Growth Management Act (GMA), adopted by the Washington State Legislature in 1990, directs cities within the State to plan for growth to help combat suburban sprawl, environmental degradation, and related issues that accompany rapid population growth. To implement the GMA, cities will write and adopt comprehensive plans to address the concerns outlined above.

The Comprehensive Plan provides guidance regarding policy decisions for the built and natural environment. That guidance is meant to provide a path for 15 to 30 years, which is why it is called “long-range planning”. 

The city is currently updating its category specific plans, which will supplement the next Comprehensive Plan update. Below are the steps and outcomes of the city's effort to update its long range plans.

Phase 1 - Long Range Planning

Phase one includes creating a shared vision that is supported by the whole community. It should reflect what we aspire Battle Ground to be in the future.

In 2018, the City completed a Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan reflecting Battle Ground's community values and imagines a preferred future.

Phase 2 - Long Range Planning

Phase 2 reviews existing land uses and capacity. A land use master plan details and addresses land use patterns, infrastructure capacity, and implementation of the city vision.

The city recently adopted a Land Use Master Plan and Transportation System Plan. These plans provide a vision for preserving Battle Ground, while identifying areas of growth and viable economic development for a successful future.

Phase 3 - Long Range Planning

Phase 3 includes the creation of topic specific and infrastructure plans, which will supplement the city’s land use and vision plans. Topic specific plans can explore housing, transportation, utilities, parks and trails, shorelines, or any other subject that effects quality of life within a city.

The city has recently completed a Housing Action Plan, Water System Plan, and Sewer System Plan. Currently, Battle Ground is in the process of updating its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan.

Phase 4 - Long Range Planning

Phase 4 involves sub-area planning, funding and execution, and periodic review to monitor success.  

Sub-area plans are detailed plans prepared for a smaller geographic area within our community.  These areas can include projects such as parks, downtown districts, corridors, other special districts that show cohesive characteristics that create a sense of identity in our City.