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 most recent
update to the Plan was adopted June 30, 2015 and became effective June
Click here for more information and electronic copies of the adopted Comprehensive Plan and Community Plans.
Community Plans are Plans for the following communities have been completed and the resulting regulations are a part of the County Code.
During the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update process members from various communities expressed a need for an update to the Community Plans. County Council has directed PALS to update 4 of the plans over the course of 2016-2017:
Countywide Planning Policies
are written policy statements which are to be used solely for
establishing a countywide framework from which the county and municipal
comprehensive plans are developed and adopted. The framework is intended
to ensure that the county and municipal comprehensive plans are
consistent, as required by the Washington statutes.
period within which county and municipal comprehensive plans are
developed, adopted and implemented, the county and each municipality in
the county shall utilize the Countywide Planning Policies to serve as a
guide for county or municipal land use and related decisions to best
assure that the principles embodied in the Countywide Planning Policies
are followed and promoted.
Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Puget Sound region, including Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties and establishes the Multi-County Planning Policies.
VISION 2040, which contains the Multi-County Planning Policies, is a regional strategy for accommodating the 5 million people expected to live in the region by 2040. VISION 2040 is an integrated, long-range vision for maintaining a healthy region – promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment. It contains an environmental framework, a numeric regional growth strategy, six policy sections guided by overarching goals as well as implementation actions and measures to monitor progress.
Pierce County Buildable Lands Program
Since 1997, Pierce County and its 23 cities and towns have worked
collaboratively in a program to collect annual development permitting
data, inventory developable land and enhance information relating to
critical areas. Commonly referred to as the Buildable Lands Program,
this collaborative program is aimed at improving accuracy in the
information used to determine the residential and employment capacity of
the County's UGAs.