Des Moines 2035: Charting Our Course for a Sustainable Future

The City of Des Moines is updating its Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) governed by RCW 36.70A. Des Moines will take about one year to complete its review and update which is due to the state in June 2015. The update will include:

A  Vision of how we want to grow/develop over the next 20 years;
  • New estimates of population and job growth;
  • More information about how the Plan relates to other City and regional plans/regulations;
  • New Economic Development Element; and
  • A more clear, concise and accessible document.
The Des Moines Comprehensive Plan serves as a roadmap that expresses our community’s goals and aspirations for how we want to grow and prosper into the future. It is the City’s official policy guide that defines—through goals, policies and implementation strategies—how Des Moines should best accommodate forecasted household and job growth, manage traffic, and provide open space and recreational opportunities and other vital services. The plan is "comprehensive" in both scope and coverage. It addresses the use of land and buildings, the movement of traffic and pedestrians, the provision of parks, schools, and public facilities, and protection of the environment. It also addresses residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, public and institutional lands, and public rights-of-way. The plan also provides a guide for public investments and capital improvements, and can help to ensure that local public dollars are spent wisely. Finally, the comprehensive plan can serve as a marketing tool to promote Des Moines's unique assets, and help to attract new families, businesses, investment and development to the community.

On June 25, 2015 the city council approved the new
Comprehensive Plan.

By clicking on the links below, you will learn a great deal of detail about the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Update Process:

Current Land Use Map 
Framework for the Comprehensive Plan Update
What is the Comprehensive Plan? 
050815 Council Review Draft 2015 Comp Plan Update (Redline Version)
050815 Council Review Draft 2015 Comp Plan Update (Clean Read Version)