2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan are considered every two years. Applications for the 2023 will be accepted July 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. 
The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan guides the County’s overall strategy for growth and development over the next 20 years. It sets the goals and policies for items such as land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and the environment. Every two years, the County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Approved amendments can result in changes to land use and zoning designations and regulations. 

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Please refer to the Guidelines document for information about the amendments, timelines and process.

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2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
For the 2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle, the Pierce County Council approved Comprehensive Plan Amendments on May 11, 2021 through Ordinance No. 2021-26s. A regulation package reflecting those changes will be brought before the Planning Commission in the coming months.

 Approved 2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Urban Growth Area/Potential Annexation Area Amendments
Applicant (Application No.)DescriptionOrdinance No. 2021-26s Findings of Fact Related Details 
Town of Wilkeson
940374
Amendment to expand the Urban Growth Area to include six additional parcels.
Exhibit H, #34 (page 4)
                         
Exhibit B

Area-Wide Map Amendments
Applicant (Application No.)DescriptionOrdinance No. 2021-26s Findings of Fact 
Related Details
Puyallup School District
939329
Redesignate one parcel (Walker High School) in the City of Puyallup’s Potential Annexation Area from Employment Center to Public Institution to correct a technical error.Exhibit H, #35 (page 4)Exhibit B
Youth with a Mission
939690
Redesignate four parcels in the City of Puyallup’s Potential Annexation Area from Moderate Density Single-Family to Mixed Use District.Exhibit H, #36 (page 5) Exhibit B
PenMet Parks
939790
Redesignate five parcels from Rural 5/Rural 10 to Park and Recreation in the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area.Exhibit H, #37 (page 5)Exhibit B

Comprehensive Plan Text Amendments
Applicant (Application No.)
DescriptionOrdinance No. 2021-26s Findings of FactRelated Details 
Pierce County PPW
939497
Amendments to meet the requirements of the NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit to coordinate and integrate stormwater planning with land use planning.Exhibit H, #38 (page 5)Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
939858
Amendments to meet PSRC’s requirement for jurisdictions to adopt “center” plans for regional growth centers and Manufacturing/Industrial Center.
Exhibit H, #39 (page 6)Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
939860
Amendments to bring land use policies into consistency with the GMA goals and requirements to ensure land use compatibility through coordination with the military base commander (per RCW 36.70A.530). Exhibit H, #40 (page 6)Exhibit A
Cascade Water Alliance
939884
Amendments to protect the water quality in the Lake Tapps Reservoir. Exhibit H #41 (page 6)
Exhibit A

Pierce County PPW
939943
Amendment to Design Element policies related to Planning Commission’s recommendation that the County provide more flexibility in Countywide design standards. Exhibit H,  #42 (page 6)Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
939944
Amendments to policies that would improve delivery and access to transit service per Ordinance No. 2019-67s. Exhibit H, #43 (page 6)Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
940158
Amendments to include information on PSRC VISION 2050 and multicounty planning policies related to climate change that need to be addressed in the next GMA comprehensive plan periodic update. Exhibit H, #44 (page 7)
Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
940161
Amendments to provide guidelines and review criteria for the redesignation of property as well as allow for the redesignation of single parcel or single ownership in appropriate circumstances such as public parks, schools, and other public institutions, or when contiguous with an existing land use designation. Exhibit H, #45 (page 7)

Exhibit A
Pierce County PPW
940164
Amendments that include acknowledging language and policies under the Housing and Land Use elements that provide direction to identify strategies to expand opportunities for meeting the needs of farm worker housing. Exhibit H, #46 (page 7)Exhibit A

Community Plan Amendments
Applicant (Application No.) DescriptionOrdinance No. 2021-26s Findings of FactRelated Details 
Pierce County PPW
939864
Alderton-McMillin Community Plan: Correcting a technical oversight. Replacing "Reserve 5" with "Rural 5" descriptive text in the Alderton-McMillin adopted community plan per Ordinance No. 2015-40. Exhibit H, #48 (page 7)
Exhibit C
Pierce County PPW 
939868
Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan: Correcting a technical oversight. Replacing "Reserve 5" with "Rural 5" descriptive text in the Gig Harbor Peninsula adopted community plan per Ordinance No. 2015-40.
Exhibit H, #50 (page 7)Exhibit E

Pierce County PPW
939874
Graham Community Plan: Correcting a technical oversight. Replacing "Reserve 5" with "Rural 5" descriptive text in the Graham adopted community plan per Ordinance No. 2015-40. Exhibit H, #49 (page 7)Exhibit F
Pierce County PPW
940163
Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan: Updating the background information and maps for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan, coordinating land use and infrastructure planning in the UGA at Purdy with the City of Gig Harbor, and amendments suggested by the Land Use Advisory Commission including and not limited to tree preservation policies.
Exhibit H, #50 (page 7)Exhibit E
Pierce County PPW
941881
Browns Point-Dash Point Community Plan: Amendments to bring sign policies into consistency with the 2015 US Supreme Court Reed v. Town of Gilbert ruling that prohibits regulations that categorize non-commercial signs based on the type of information they convey (e.g. temporary, political and ideological) and then apply different standards to each category. Exhibit H, #51 (page 8)

Exhibit D


Pierce County PPW
941882
Key Peninsula Community Plan: Amendments to bring sign policies into consistency with the 2015 US Supreme Court Reed v. Town of Gilbert ruling that prohibits regulations that categorize noncommercial signs based on the type of information they convey (e.g. temporary, political and ideological) and then apply different standards to each category. Exhibit H, #52 (page 8)Exhibit G


Ordinance No. 2021-26s Findings of Fact 
Contact
For questions relating to the comprehensive plan amendment process or submitted proposals, please contact:

Jessica M. Nappi, AICP
Senior Planner
(253) 798-2389