2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

UGA-PAA Amendment
Area-Wide Map Amendment
Text Amendment
Community Plan Amendments
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Applications for the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments will be accepted from July 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018.

Information on Process:
  • Applications must be submitted through PALS online permitting system.
  • Applications forms (that will need to be uploaded during the online submittal process) for each type of amendment are available by clicking on the buttons to the right
  • The “Apply Online” button leads to the online permit system, which goes live on July 1.  Get On The Docket: You can access the entire Docket of requests by checking here.  Prior to July 1, the "Apply Online" button leads to a form that will put your information on a docket (you will then be notified when the application process opens)

The guidelines provide more information about online permits.
Click Here for a how-to guide to apply online.

Types of Amendments

Urban Growth Area (UGA)/Potential Annexation Area (PAA) Amendment
Propose a change to the designated Urban Growth Area (UGA) or designated Potential Annexation Area (PAA) of any city or town within Pierce County.

Area-Wide Map Amendment

Propose a change to the Land Use Designations Map.
An Area-Wide Map Amendment, unlike a parcel or site-specific land use reclassification, is of area-wide significance and includes multiple separate properties under various ownerships.

Single-parcel or single-ownership map changes may be appropriate only for correcting technical errors or for applications involving one of four types of planned communities.

Text Amendment

Propose a change to the policies of the Comprehensive Plan text.

Community Plan Amendment

Propose a change to the policies of an adopted community plan included in the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan. Note: Changes to land use designations in a Community Plan area is an Area-Wide Map Amendment.

Community Plans that may be amended in the 2018 amendment cycle include:
  • Alderton-McMillin
  • Anderson and Ketron Islands
  • Browns Point – Dash Point
  • Gig Harbor Peninsula
  • Graham
  • Key Peninsula
  • Upper Nisqually Valley

Applications will not be accepted in the following community plan areas as they are currently under an update process:

You can submit comments proposing land use and policy changes to these Community Plans by visiting the links above.


A $3,000.00 fee for each initiated Comprehensive Plan amendment is required:
  • A non-refundable submittal fee of $500.00 is required at time of application.
  • If the Council approves to initiate the amendment, the remaining $2,500.00 fee shall be required within ten working days after the amendment is initiated by the County Council.

If an applicant fails to pay the required fee, staff will be unable to proceed with the review of an application(s), and this will result in the expiration and cancellation of an application(s).

Note: It is anticipated that the fee for Potential Annexation Area Amendments may be waived for Cities and Towns.


Jeffey D. Mann, AICP, Senior Planner