Capital Improvement Plan

The current 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.
An image of 35th Avenue SE under constructionCIP Overview
Mill Creek uses a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to program improvements to the city's transportation, storm water, facilities, and park infrastructure. The CIP is updated through a public process every two years as part of the biennial budget preparation process. Citizen requests for repairs, projects, or improvements can be made at any time, although may not be incorporated until a later date. The State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that cities establish within their comprehensive plan, a capital facilities element, including the level of service standards and six-year minimum financing plan “that will finance . . . capital facilities within projected funding capacities and clearly identifies sources of public money for such purposes” (RCW 36.70A.070[3][d]).

The CIP is a companion document to the Capital Facilities Element of the City of Mill Creek’s Comprehensive Plan. The Capital Facilities Element addresses the City’s capital facilities planning approach and policy framework, while the CIP is an implementing strategy and important “filter” that demonstrates that the Capital Facilities Element is financially realistic. Projects included within the CIP require expenditure of public funds over and above routine operating expenses and are defined as new, replacement of, or improvements to infrastructure (e.g., buildings, roads, parks, etc.) that have a minimum life expectancy of five years and a minimum cost of $25,000.

The CIP and the Capital Facilities Element, jointly, fulfill the requirements of the State of Washington’s GMA. The CIP is updated every two years in conjunction with the biennial budget, and is adopted as part of the Capital Facilities Plan Element by reference.