What is your vision for Kennewick?
Participate in the visioning process!
Community Visioning Open House
May 2, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. at Benton PUD Auditorium (2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick)
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
Kennewick’s Comprehensive Plan is the basis for all land use planning and growth management actions in the City. The Comprehensive Plan:
- Serves as a blueprint for the future
- Guides decisions on land use, transportation, housing, economic development and the environment
- Sets level of service standards for facilities (roads, parks, etc.) and how to pay for them
- May result in updates to zoning and development regulations (to be consistent with the Plan)
- Meets requirements of the State Growth Management Act
Why should we plan for growth?
Kennewick’s population is expected to grow by 33,754 new residents by 2037, an increase of about 43% over 2015. Planning for this growth will:
- Allow the community to meet future challenges, such as economic development, traffic, or housing affordability
- Help ensure preservation of community values, such as sustainability, good design, or health
- Allow the community to influence issues they care about
How does the Comprehensive Plan affect me?
You may not know it, but your community is shaped by the Comprehensive Plan. Kennewick uses its plan to develop regulations, programs, and services, all of which can affect your day-to-day life. Take a look at the topics the Comprehensive Plan covers:
- Land uses: What your neighborhood is like, where the grocery store is located, attractiveness of the community, health, historic preservation, parks and open space, and more.
- Sustainability: clean air and water, efficient energy use, preservation of open space, trees, health, etc.
- Jobs and economic development: where jobs are located, starting a business, workforce training, education opportunities, etc.
- Housing: affordability, proximity to work, goods, and services; choices for housing types that meet different family needs
- Capital Facilities and Utilities: availability of community facilities, parks, schools, emergency services, etc. to meet the growing community’s needs.
- Transportation: your commute to work, availability of transit, safety of kids traveling to school, mobility options for seniors, traffic congestion, walkability, etc.