The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan*, originally adopted in November 1994, is a policy document which guides growth and future land use decisions in Pierce County. The Plan was developed to address growth over a 20-year period. The most recent GMA update to the Comprehensive Plan was adopted June 30, 2015 and became effective June 30, 2016. The Comprehensive Plan and Community Plans* can be accessed by clicking the links to the right. Note: large file sizes may take extra time to load.
This planning document extends beyond land use patterns and permitted activity. It provides consistent policy direction for:
Parks and open space
Community health and well being
Environmentally sensitive areas
Public services and facilities
Eleven community plans were adopted in Pierce County between 1999 and 2009. Each plan included public engagement that helped refine the direction of community development in Pierce County. The valuable input provided through these planning processes was relied upon during the Update process. The Community Plans are part of the Comprehensive Plan.
Public participation is a hallmark of the Growth Management Act (GMA) and 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.