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.
Individual requests for changes to the Comprehensive Plan occur every two years during a separate process, known as the Amendment Cycle. Amendment Cycle applications will be accepted in July 2022 for consideration and targeted for final approval in 2023.
SEPA Determination of Significance
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.
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:
There are two upcoming opportunities to provide comment. 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.
- Comprehensive Plan with Community Plans
- Comprehensive Plan Without Community Plans
- Planning our Community Web Resources
- Critical Area Ordinance Updates
March 20th: CDC - Briefing on 2024 Comprehensive Plan update - EIS Alternatives and Scoping Responses
March 28th: Planning Commission - Status update on EIS Alternatives
April 3rd: Council initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments for the 2024 periodic update
July 17th: CDC - Briefing on 2024 Comprehensive Plan update - Climate and vulnerability assessment status
July 25th: Planning Commission - Comprehensive Plan Status Update and Climate Vulnerability Assessment