Moratorium on Growth and Development

Release Date: April 24, 2020

On Monday, the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) responded to the case of Don Gerend v. City of Sammamish with a mandate to resolve outstanding growth and development questions and procedural issues regarding the City’s prior amendments to its transportation concurrency and level of service standards. This is not a final decision, but a directive to address issues raised by the GMHB.

To give the City the necessary time to evaluate the questions raised by the GMHB, the City Council passed a six-month moratorium on all land use, development, and building permit applications at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, which went into immediate effect. 

The City Council expects to revisit this topic to refine the types of activities covered by the moratorium at a future City Council Meeting, and they would like to hear from Sammamish residents to inform their decisions. You can email your feedback on the ordinance to

For further details about the moratorium, please see City of Sammamish Ordinance No. O2020-501.

The full decision from Growth Management Hearings Board may be read here


Many residents have questions about what the moratorium means for them as homeowners or as developers. For more information on how this may affect your ability to obtain a permit or to complete a project, please visit our Moratorium FAQs page.