The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) mandates that Pierce County to plan to meet future needs. The Pierce County Transportation Element maps out the county's plan for keeping up with traffic demand needs to 2030.
The Transportation Plan contains policies that apply both countywide and for specific Community Plan Areas. The GMA also mandates that the Transportation Element covers a wide range of topics, which include:
Land use assumptions factored to estimate transportation usage;
Impacts of the plan to state roadways;
Projects and services to keep up with the travel needs;
Inventory of transportation services and facilities;
Service standards for our roadways;
Actions that would bring these roadways into compliance if our usage exceeds the service standards;
Travel forecasts going forward at least ten years;
Identify state and local needs to meet current and future needs;
Many planning documents were made before the current 2015 Comprehensive Plan process.
The DRAFT Transportation Plan Preview was produced in March 2009. It was part of an attempt to update the Transportation Plan. It showed a range of potential land use and transportation alternatives for the future. It was delayed for the Comprehensive Plan update. The Preview was not adopted by council but serves as an important template for current and future planning work.
Old transportation planning documents can be accessed here at the links below.