Planning and Public Works (PPW) staff completed the first comment period on October 2, 2022. Staff visited sites and events around the County to let people know about the Comprehensive Update. The County collected input from residents and stakeholders about how we can improve their community. Staff used this input to scope our work for the next two years and ensure that our work is addressing issues that are important to you.
From January 30th - March 6th, 2023 PPW Staff hosted an engagement period focused on proposed updates to Critical Areas Ordinances. Staff are using the input we received during this engagement period to help draft amendments to development regulations intended to conserve the functions of environmentally sensitive areas, and to protect the public from hazards associated with developing in areas like floodways and landslide hazard areas.
From June 1- June 14, 2023 PPW staff hosted an engagement period focused on climate risks and vulnerabilities in Pierce County. The County received a Department of Commerce grant to perform a Climate risk and Vulnerability Assessment to support ongoing resiliency efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on our communities and natural systems.
Pierce County expects to address the following topics in the update:
• Affordable housing
• Responsible growth
• Health and equity
• Parks and open spaces
• Environment and sustainability
• Transportation and traffic
Upcoming opportunities to provide comment:
The next opportunity to provide comment will take place at the end of 2023 when we release the draft Comprehensive Plan. Sign up for our listserv or follow Facebook Social Network Pierce County PPW on Facebook to receive updates about upcoming opportunities to provide comment!
Public participation is an integral part of Pierce County’s planning process. The GMA calls for “early and continuous public participation in the development and amendment of comprehensive land use plans and development regulations implementing such plans.” (RCW 36.70A.140)
The goal of the Public Participation Program is to inform residents, property and business owners, and other stakeholders on how to learn about or initiate proposed land use changes, and how to provide comment on proposals.
Pierce County staff is committed to engaging with people and groups with varying backgrounds and interests to help build a plan that is equitable and fair.