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Growth Management Monitoring Programs

This page provides examples of local or regional government growth management monitoring programs under the Washington State Growth Management Act, as well as some out-of-state examples.


Cities and counties must review and update GMA comprehensive plans, development and regulations and the adequacy of urban growth areas periodically to ensure consistency with state statutes.

A growth management monitoring program can help local jurisdictions track where growth is going and how well various pieces of the growth management program are working. Information from the monitoring program can help cities and counties to fine tune plan policies and development regulations to better achieve growth management goals.

Washington Regional or Local Government Monitoring Reports

  • Clark County
  • King County Data and Reports - Links to Annual Growth Reports, Buildable Lands and Benchmark Reports - Great examples of plan implementation monitoring reports, even if the county is currently not able to keep the monitoring reports going. Reports cover significance of data on land use, economics, transportation and affordable housing. The King County Benchmark Program was designed to measure progress on implementation of county-wide planning policies
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
    • Regional Outcomes - Performance-based program to evaluate how proposed transportation projects and plans would affect air quality, access to jobs, travel time, safety, and other factors. Includes interactive regional performance data showing how well region is achieving transportation and growth management goals.
    • Regional Centers Monitoring Report: Regional Summary and Comparison, PSRC, 2013 Edition - Monitors share of employment, population and housing growth channeled into designated growth centers (2014)
  • Seattle Population and Demographics - Includes links to Comprehensive Plan Urban Center/Village Residential Growth Report (04/09/2014), Comprehensive Plan Urban Center/Village Employment Growth Report (11/13/2013), Citywide Employment Report, and Citywide Residential Permit Report
  • Snohomish County Reports including Growth Monitoring Reports, Buildable Lands, and housing reports. Growth monitoring reports cover population, employment, development, annexation, housing affordability, and other trends

Out-of-State Examples

Land Supply Monitoring

Last Modified: August 23, 2017