Comprehensive Plan Update
When I first joined the Council in January of last year, it was clear that one crucial task had to be made an immediate priority — the state mandated update to our Comprehensive Plan. Comprehensive plans are a requirement of the Growth Management Act and cover everything from land use, to transportation and infrastructure. It’s designed to protect rural areas and habitat while guiding urban area growth and mitigation.
Last year, our 10-year update was due on June 30th. Although behind in our update we focused and met our deadline.
The Growth Management Hearings Board’s (GMHB) reviewed the plan, striking down several decisions made by the Council majority. This action by the GMHB required another set of amendments last month to the plan itself and the implementation of new regulations. With the addition of the GMHB requirements in the Puget Sound Regional Council’s certification process, you’ve got a real mess.
After over a thousand pages of planning and review, by dozens of departments, agencies, stakeholder groups and interested citizens, I can happily say we’re now finished! Obviously it’s not perfect. Already I’ve been alerted to a section of the Gig Harbor Community Plan that needs correction. We will work on it in the regular amendment cycle, but I’m proud to my name on such an important body of work.
I want to thank all involved for their herculean efforts to get this plan to a better place. Agree or disagree, I can’t tell you how grateful I am.