Who Must Plan?

For recreation and conservation grant programs, you must complete a long-range comprehensive plan before you apply to the following grant programs:

The planning requirements differ by grant program so please read the grant manuals for details.

In general, salmon recovery projects should be included as a priority in either a regional recovery plan or other plan or strategy that supports salmon recovery.

What Should be Submitted?

  • A comprehensive parks and recreation or habitat conservation plan along with documentation of the public outreach used to develop the plan.
  • Copy of the ordinance or resolution that indicates plan adoption.

Use Manual 2: Planning Guidelines as a starting point. Sample plans and statewide recreational plans are available as resources. If you would like, staff can review your plan before adoption.

Materials for plan eligibility should be submitted to RCO by e-mail or electronic access (Box.com, OneDrive, etc.).

Planning Eligibility

Plans are eligible for 6 years from the date of adoption. Check the links below to see if your organization already has an approved plan.


Katie Knight Pruit
Relay Service for the Hearing Impaired: 800-833-6388

Additional Resources

The Department of Commerce administers the Growth Management Act and has many helpful publications.

Local governments also may want to check the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington for additional assistance.

The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks guide is useful for rural areas and public lands.