Comprehensive Plan

In March of 1999, the City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for the city. Adoption of this plan completed a six-year process of research, citizen surveys, public workshops, and formal public hearings. The plan was amended by the Council in 2013 to update the Existing Conditions chapter and the Land Use Element.

The Comprehensive Plan recognizes the high quality of life we all enjoy in Pullman by proposing the continuation of many successful policies and standards that have served this community well in the past. The plan advocates the maintenance of strong residential neighborhoods that provide for comfortable living and thriving business districts that facilitate economic diversification. It also promotes the plentiful supply of safe and affordable housing, the consistent delivery of cost-effective public services, and the maintenance of an excellent cooperative spirit between the community and WSU. The plan places particular emphasis on protecting the environment, enhancing community appearance, offering numerous transportation options, and providing parks and open spaces within the city.

In order to implement the provisions of the Comprehensive Plan, the City Council has approved a number of development regulation amendments starting in 2000.  The contents of the Comprehensive Plan are provided in the link below.

Comprehensive Plan Update

The city is currently engaged in an update of its 1999 Comprehensive Plan, as amended in 2013. The Comprehensive Plan update is the top priority for the Planning Department for 2021.  The Planning Commission has been formally reviewing the draft Comprehensive Plan at a series of special meetings.  

 A special meeting of the Planning Commission is planned for August 11, 2021 to conduct a public hearing and forward a recommendation to City Council.  Two special (virtual) meetings will take place in July (the 14th and the 21st) in order to finish the review prior to the August 11th meeting. 

Public input is welcome. Staff encourages submittal of comments by means of email (, postal mail (190 SE Crestview St., Bldg. A, Pullman, WA 99163), or telephone (509-338-3220). Please submit comments for an upcoming special meeting by 5:00pm on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

A copy of the draft Comprehensive Plan is available below:
Draft Comprehensive Plan