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. 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.
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This planning document extends beyond land use patterns and permitted activity. It provides consistent policy direction for:
  • Housing
  • Parks and open space
  • Community health and well being
  • Environmentally sensitive areas
  • Historic preservation
  • 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. For more information about Community Planning, Click Here.
Comprehensive Plan
Countywide Comprehensive Plan with All Community Plans* (135,193 KB)

Comprehensive Plan with No Community Plans* (18,173 KB)

*Pierce County Comprehensive Plan files do not include amendments adopted via Ordinance 2017-23 at this time. View Ordinance 2017-23
Community Plans
Alderton-McMillin (21,885 KB)
Anderson-Ketron Islands (10,543 KB)
Browns Point-Dash Point  (7,639 KB)
Frederickson (10,162 KB)
Gig Harbor (5,623 KB)
Graham (16,217 KB)
Key Peninsula (10,855 KB)
Mid-County (7,572 KB)
Parkland-Spanaway-Midland (15,844 KB)
South Hill (11,446 KB)
Upper Nisqually Valley (3,947 KB)
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Recent News

Main Community Plans Map

Community Plan Updates in Progress!


During the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update process members from various communities expressed interest in updating Community Plans. The County Council requested an update to 4 community plans, which make up the central unincorporated urban growth area (UGA): Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill. 
Learn more

2018-2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments



Every other year the County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Applications are accepted from July 1-31, 2018. Applications being accepted include text, map, urban growth area, and community plan amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan. Learn more