Planning Our Community

Planning Our Community
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  Comprehensive Plan

The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year policy document that addresses growth in the unincorporated areas of Pierce County. The Comprehensive Plan’s periodic review must be completed by December 31, 2024. It is also the foundation for several community plans and capital facilities planning, which must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan’s policy framework. 

Pierce County is required by the Growth Management Act (GMA) to review the County’s Comprehensive Plan every 10 years and update where necessary. This is also known as a periodic review. Gaining insight from the people who live and work in Pierce County is an integral part of this update. 

   Learn about the Comprehensive Plan 

   Community Plans
Plans for these communities have been adopted and the resulting regulations are a part of the County Code. Community Plans are a part of the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan. They are intended to be a supplement to and refinement of the Comprehensive Plan policies. Community Plans represent the unique characteristics of each community planning area. 



Anderson & Ketron Islands


Browns Point & Dash Point




Gig Harbor*




Key Peninsula*






South Hill*^


Upper Nisqually Valley


*Land Use Advisory Commissions (LUACs) have been created for these areas. Current LUAC Agendas.

^Updates were made effective July 1, 2023.

  1. Countywide Planning Policies
  2. Multi-County Planning Policies
  3. Pierce County Buildable Lands Program

Countywide Planning Policies

Countywide Planning Policies are written policy statements which are to be used solely for establishing a countywide framework from which the county and municipal comprehensive plans are developed and adopted. The framework is intended to ensure that the county and municipal comprehensive plans are consistent, as required by the Washington statutes.

During the period within which county and municipal comprehensive plans are developed, adopted and implemented, the county and each municipality in the county uses the Countywide Planning Policies to serve as a guide for county or municipal land use and related decisions to best assure that the principles embodied in the Countywide Planning Policies are followed and promoted.

Learn more about the Pierce County Regional Council the group that coordinates Countywide Planning Polices.

  How to Get Involved

1. Sign up for "Planning Our Community" Updates

Sign up HERE or with the button at the top of the page. 

2. Attend a LUAC or Planning Commissions Meeting

Boards and Commissions page.

3. Apply for a position on one of the Boards or Commissions

Boards and Commissions Page.

4. Get Involved in the Periodic Review of the Comprehensive Plan

More information on the Comprehensive Plan update process.

5. Attend a County Council Meeting

Pierce County Council.