Go To Search
Click to Home
Find a Department
Planning Our Community
Pierce County Comprehensive Plan
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 and was most recently updated in 2015. For information about the update and electronic copies of the adopted Comprehensive Plan and Community Plans, visit the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage.

Community Plans
Plans for the following communities have been completed and the resulting regulations are a part of the County Code. 
* Land Use Advisory Commissions (LUACs) have been created for these areas.  Current LUAC Agendas

Community Plan Updates in Progress!

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:
For more information visit the 2016-2017 Community Plan Updates webpage

Additional Planning Programs/Documents
Countywide Planning Policies 
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.

During the 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.

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. 

Other Planning Efforts