Physical objects along with rules are the important Things.

The Things (What)

The "What" question is answered by listing all the things that are important to the system, in this case the influence or decision making system.

As an analogy, in a physical building, the "Things" include the bill of material of all the things used in the building.

In the land use area, things include physical objects like buildings, parks, trails, streets, businesses, etc. along with rules and regulations which include laws, policies, covenants, ordinances, regulations, conditions, etc.

The highest level model is the Semantic (meaning) model which shows the entities and their relationships.

Semantic (meaning) Model (Entity : Relationship)

Entities and Things have Attributes which are defined and shown in Relationship to other entities.  Therefore the "What" models are of "Entities" and their "Relationships".  Entity Relationship models are used to provide meaning to the entities by describing their attributes and relationships.

In the Growth Management context, the major entities are mainly physical objects or decisions.

As with all architectural representations, the "what" list represents current experience.  Corrections and additions are encouraged and welcome.  eMail


Perhaps the most important Thing in the context of Growth Management and Land Use is the Washington State Growth Management Act. Created in the early 1990's this act, which actually has three sections, provides the basis for all growth and land use policies and plans throughout Washington State.

What List and Links

  • Physical Objects
    • Homes
    • Parks
    • Trails
    • Streets
    • Businesses
    • Utilities
  • Rules and Regulations
    • Laws
    • Plans
    • Policies
    • Covenants
    • Ordinances
    • Regulations
    • Conditions

Important Rules and Regulations

Home Owner Associations

RCW 64.38 - Home Owner Associations

Growth Management Act

RCW 36.70 - Planning enabling

The purpose and intent of this chapter is to provide the authority for, and the procedures to be followed in, guiding and regulating the physical development of a county or region through correlating both public and private projects and coordinating their execution with respect to all subject matters utilized in developing and servicing land, all to the end of assuring the highest standards of environment for living, and the operation of commerce, industry, agriculture and recreation, and assuring maximum economies and conserving the highest degree of public health, safety, morals and welfare.

RCW 36.70A - Growth Management - planning by selected counties and cities

The legislature finds that uncoordinated and unplanned growth, together with a lack of common goals expressing the public's interest in the conservation and the wise use of our lands, pose a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development, and the health, safety, and high quality of life enjoyed by residents of this state. It is in the public interest that citizens, communities, local governments, and the private sector cooperate and coordinate with one another in comprehensive land use planning. Further, the legislature finds that it is in the public interest that economic development programs be shared with communities experiencing insufficient economic growth.

RCW 36.70B - Local project review

The legislature finds and declares the following:

     (1) As the number of environmental laws and development regulations has increased for land uses and development, so has the number of required local land use permits, each with its own separate approval process.

     (2) The increasing number of local and state land use permits and separate environmental review processes required by agencies has generated continuing potential for conflict, overlap, and duplication between the various permit and review processes.

     (3) This regulatory burden has significantly added to the cost and time needed to obtain local and state land use permits and has made it difficult for the public to know how and when to provide timely comments on land use proposals that require multiple permits and have separate environmental review processes.

RCW 36.70C - Judicial review

The purpose of this chapter is to reform the process for judicial review of land use decisions made by local jurisdictions, by establishing uniform, expedited appeal procedures and uniform criteria for reviewing such decisions, in order to provide consistent, predictable, and timely judicial review.