Land use & transportation planning

View a list of transportation planning-related resources for updating local government comprehensive plans.

Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan resources

The following resources assist cities and counties with their Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan updates.

Resources

Comprehensive plan support

Data sources

GMA training opportunities

Transportation efficient communities

WSDOT and the departments of Commerce, Ecology and Health together support local government efforts to make well-organized systems for travel and land use. Transportation Efficient Communities reviews best practices, contact information for subject matter experts, issue briefs and recorded webinars on land use, transportation, and healthy and safe communities.

Concurrency

Under the GMA, concurrency is one of 14 goals local governments must consider in land use planning. Concurrency is intended to ensure public facilities and services are adequate to serve new development at the time of occupancy without decreasing service levels below locally established minimum standards.

Planning tools

  • The WSDOT Community Planning Portal provides access to state transportation data for general planning purposes. The intent of the portal is to help local and regional planners, decision-makers, and citizens improve their understanding of the state transportation system.
  • WSDOT Multimodal Accessibility provides information and examples of how and why we measure people's ease of use of the transportation network.

Environmental contacts and guidance

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.