The adoption of the Washington Growth Management Act (GMA or "the Act") marked a major change in local government land use decision-making in the State of Washington. The Act's requirement that local governments adopt a comprehensive land use plan (Plan) to guide development consistent with goals adopted by the state legislature and then implement that Plan with consistent regulations was a revolutionary step toward statewide land use planning. Much has been written about the "GMA revolution." These writings primarily focus on the GMA's procedural and substantive requirements for adoption of Plans and how these mandates have changed the face of land use planning in Washington State.
Samuel W. Plauché and Amy L. Kosterlitz, Road Map to the Revolution: A Practical Guide to Procedural Issues Before the Growth Management Hearings Boards, 23 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 71 (1999).