Kent Planning Services assures quality in the land development process by effective administration of land use codes and compliance with the 1990 Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). Planning Services is guided by and committed to public participation, customer service, and helping to attain the highest possible quality of life for all Kent citizens.
A Notice of Project Permit Application provides information and an opportunity for the public and other agencies affected by the proposal to participate early in the review of the project. You may submit your comments online.
The City is currently in the process of updating regulations for the protection of critical areas. Critical areas are defined as wetlands, fish and wildlife conservation areas, geologic hazard areas, frequently flooded areas, and critical aquifer recharge areas.
The Land Use and Planning Board holds workshops and public hearings on city codes and ordinances, comprehensive plan updates, and matters typically associated with long range planning functions. The Board issues recommendations to the City Council, who in turn makes final decisions.
The Hearing Examiner is a neutral party who hears and renders decisions on land use issues. The hearing examiner considers variances, conditional use permits, plats, permit appeals, code enforcement actions and similar matters.