Shoreline Master Program (SMP)
The City of Monroe has updated its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), in accordance with the Growth Management Act (GMA) and requirements of the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE). The city began this process in 2001, with a shoreline inventory of the Skykomish River and Woods Creek. The city received a grant from the DOE to complete the update, which resulted in the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Monroe Municipal Code. The city received final approval of the updated SMP from DOE in July 2008. Most recently, the SMP was updated in June 2019.
Housing Action Plan (HAP)
On June 13, 2021, the Monroe City Council unanimously adopted the Housing Action Plan through Resolution No. 007A/2021. City staff will continue working with the community and City leadership to implement the plan.
The City of Monroe has chosen to develop a housing action plan. As required by the State legislation, the project will generally focus on possible future actions that would “…encourage construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in a greater variety of housing types and at prices that are accessible to a greater variety of incomes, including strategies aimed at the for-profit single-family home market.”
The HAP process itself will not result in any Comprehensive Plan Policy or development regulation changes. However, the project elements will outline information, recommendations, and possible actions that the City can consider taking in the future. The development of a HAP should also be a helpful tool as the City embarks on updating the comprehensive plans prior to June 2024. The elements and objectives of a HAP are directly linked to housing requirements under the Growth Management Act (GMA).
Planning Commission Discussion
Downtown Sub-Area Plan
A sub-area plan is a land use plan for a specific geographical area, in this case historic downtown Monroe. The focus of this plan is to review the overall land use pattern, uses, and infrastructure to enhance economic vitality and promote a greater sense of community. To accomplish this, an inventory of existing conditions is generated including, but not limited to, land use patterns, public facilities and utilities, traffic patterns, and off-street parking. A comprehensive environmental review will take place for potential development alternatives. Goal and policy statements will be created to guide future development of this area and incorporate these findings into the City of Monroe Comprehensive Plan. Finally, development standards will be adopted into the zoning code, MMC Title 22, to implement the new goals and policies for this sub-area.