What is changing with the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)?

The City Comprehensive Plan includes the full text of the 2015 to 2020 CIP - an 18-page tabular spreadsheet listing the proposed capital program at the time of adoption, in 2014. As GMA requires a CIP covering the subsequent 6 years of City construction, this table is now outdated.

In reviewing other city CIPs, Snoqualmie was one of the few King County cities that incorporated its full CIP in the Capital Facilities element itself. Most other cities adopt this schedule by reference, and/or just did not include the schedule in their Capital Facilities element (including the reviewed cities of Bellevue, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, and Sammamish). By adopting CIPs by reference, these cities may more easily align their CIP review process with the schedule of City budget amendments and fiscal planning, which is a more appropriate parallel review process.

City staff are proposing to adopt the CIP by reference as well. When the Comprehensive Plan amendment is considered by City Council for adoption, a separate ordinance will consider a revised CIP separately for adoption that conforms to the required GMA 6-year timeline. Just as the draft Comprehensive Plan amendment must be reviewed by Council committee and the full Council, the updated CIP will be reviewed by Council committee and the full Council in open public meetings. The proposed CIP update will move away from just a tabular spreadsheet, instead providing more financial information, expanded narrative, and visuals to aid understanding of the location and nature of proposed public improvements.

For more information, please call Nicole Sanders at 425-888-5337.

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