Pierce County Council
Public Notice: In response to Proclamation 20-2025 issued by the Governor's Office and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Health Directive No. 2021-01 issued Aug. 18, 2021, masks are required for all visitors to the Pierce County Council Office and Pierce County Council Chambers, regardless of vaccination status. The public can attend meetings in person or through remote access. Details on how to attend remotely are listed on meeting agendas.
Find information about the 2022-2023 Biennial Budget planning process, including a list of special study session budget retreat dates and planned Committee of the Whole meetings to review department budget requests at the Biennial Budget website.
The discharge of fireworks in Pierce County’s unincorporated areas will be restricted to July 4 and Dec. 31 only. Additionally, the county Fire Marshal will have the authority to issue a temporary ban, if conditions pose a risk to public safety. Read on...
Now that the 2020 Census is complete, Pierce County must make changes to the boundaries of its seven Council districts to account for population changes over the last decade. Read on...
The Districting Master should be qualified by education, training, and experience to draw a redistricting plan consistent with 2020 Census data. Applications are due Sept. 16, 2021 by 3 p.m. Read on...
Through unanimous adoption of resolution R2021-141, Council accepted the recommendations of the Conservation Futures Citizen’s Advisory Board which identified six projects ranked by priority. Read on...
What's on the agenda?
Each week the Pierce County Council holds a series of meetings to discuss and review ordinances, motions and budgets to ensure county government operates in an efficient, transparent and cost-effective manner with equal access for all county residents. Members meet as a collective body every Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Here are some of the items before the Council this week:
Monday (Sept. 27)
1:30 p.m.: Public Safety Committee will receive presentations on Pierce County Therapeutic Courts including Felony Drug Court and Mental Health Court, a presentation from the Tacoma Rescue Mission, and personal stories of recovery. Join via Zoom.
Tuesday (Sept. 28)
9:30 a.m.: Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee will review proposal 2021-90 an ordinance related to flood hazard areas and channel migration zone studies for the lower Greenwater River and upper White River, and proposal R2021-153 a resolution authorizing the Executive to enter into a mutual aid and assistance agreement between Pierce County Planning and Public Works and the Washington Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks. Join via Zoom.
- R2021-170 a resolution recognizing October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”.
- R2021-171 a resolution proclaiming October as “Crime Prevention Month”.
- R2021-172 a resolution proclaiming October as “Healthcare Heroes Month”.
- R2021-179 a resolution proclaiming Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as “Hispanic Heritage Month”.
- R2021-111 a resolution ratifying the sale of properly known as the “clean care property.”
- R2021-160 a resolution approving the Board of Equalization’s request to convene to act on timely filed taxpayer petitions that exceed RCW 84.48.010.
- R2021-168 a resolution adopting the Orangegate Park Master Plan 2021 update.
- R2021-169 a resolution adopting the Half Dollar Park Master Plan 2021 update.
- Other business
- Council will hold a hearing on the 2022 solid waste tipping fee adjustment.
Thursday (Sept. 30)
6 p.m.: Special District 5 in-district meeting at Harvard Elementary School in Midland, 1709 85th Street East Tacoma. This is an in-person meeting. Those unable to attend can watch live on Pierce County TV or channels 22/522HD (Comcast/Click!) or 20/513HD (Rainier Connect). Agenda items include:
- Franklin Pierce School District updates from Superintendent Lance Goodpaster;
- Community Resources update by Claudia Miller with the Family and Community Partnerships at Franklin Pierce School District;
- A presentation on The Farm at Franklin Pierce by Farm Manager Emily Strong;
- Pierce County Voter Engagement presentation by Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson.
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COVID-19 news and information
For the latest public health information about COVID-19 visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Pierce County Districting Committee (September 2021)
Ad Hoc Committee to End Homelessness (March 2021)
The Pierce County Council created the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Ad Hoc Committee to facilitate further planning to help end homelessness in Pierce County through Resolution 2021-30s. Learn more about the work this committee did.
Law & Justice Public Review Committee (November 2020)
The Pierce County Council created the law and justice public review committee to review reports generated by the county’s law and justice departments, per Resolution R2020-43. In June the Council directed the County Executive to review the policies, procedures and best practices of these departments. The Public Review Committee met over seven weeks to review this information, then drafted and presented a report to Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting. View the recorded meeting and the report.
Human Services Study & Presentation (September 2019)
This report focuses on the identification of nine (9) areas of opportunity to help the department deliver services more efficiently and effectively, leverage additional funding opportunities to provide the most effective services, and better structure service delivery to align with the department’s core mission: to ensure all of Pierce County has equitable access to community based services that respect each person's unique experience.
Pierce County Affordable Housing Incentives (August 2019)
The report estimates the value of the County’s programs for affordable housing and makes several recommendations related to the standardization and promotion of affordable housing incentives and coordination with other jurisdictions in the management of affordable housing funds.
Broadband Study (April 2019)
The report makes recommendations on the county’s franchise process, regulations that would assist in the build‐out of broadband infrastructure, and a proposal for an action plan should policymakers desire to engage in efforts to expand broadband technology into the lesser‐served parts of the county. Learn more about how Pierce County is working to bridge the broadband divide.