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The Upper Nisqually Valley Community Plan was adopted by the Pierce County Council on September 28, 1999.

Under the plan, the communities of Ashford and Elbe are largely zoned Village Center which allows for a mix of commercial, residential and civic uses. The area adjacent to Mount Rainier National Park was also rezoned to Tourist Commercial.

This zone is restricted to four uses:
  • Lodging
  • Restaurants
  • Sales of general merchandise
  • Rental of recreational equipment

The latter two uses are limited to a 5,000 square foot building size. The plan attempts to balance environmental and economic factors by recognizing the abundance of local natural resources such as wildlife, water and forests with the opportunity to allow local citizens to make a sustainable living from the visitors to the area.

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