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Planned Action

This page provides a brief overview of "planned action" projects for local governments in Washington State under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), including examples of documents.

For more information on SEPA generally, see our page State Environmental Policy Act.


A planned action is a development project whose impacts have been addressed by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) associated with a plan for a specific geographic area before individual projects are proposed. A planned action involves detailed State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review and preparation of EIS documents in conjunction with sub-area plans, consistent with RCW 43.21C.031 and WAC 197-11-164 through WAC 197-11-172. Such up-front analysis of impacts and mitigation measures then facilitates environmental review of subsequent individual development projects.

General Resources

Examples of SEPA Planned Action Documents

Examples of Planned Action Codes and Process

Last Modified: January 27, 2023