Pierce County Council

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About the Council

The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law. Members are elected from seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 125,000 people and is elected to four year terms.

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Dave Morell
District 1
Vice-Chair
Pam Roach
District 2


Jim McCune
District 3


Connie
Ladenburg

District 4

Marty
Campbell

District 5

Douglas
Richardson

District 6 
Chair
Derek Young
District 7
Executive Pro-Tem

Law & Justice Public Review Committee

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The Pierce County Council approved formation of the Law & Justice Review Committee Sept. 15, 2020 to examine the reports from the county’s law and justice departments per Resolution R2020-43


Each Councilmember appointed two people to the committee, including one person representing marginalized individuals within the county. Under Resolution R2020-76, the group is to bring a report to Council by the end of October or first week of November. 


The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays starting at 2 p.m. Its first meeting is Sept. 23, 2020. 


The public is invited to attend the meetings via the virtual meeting link and phone number shared on the Law & Justice Public Review Committee webpage. Public comment will also be accepted. Meetings will be livestreamed on the page.

What’s on the agenda?


Each week the Pierce County Council holds a series of meetings to discuss and review ordinances, motions and budgets to ensure county government operates in an efficient, transparent and cost-effective manner with equal access for all county residents.

Members meet as a collective body every Tuesday at 3 p.m. for the Pierce County Council regular meeting. Other meetings include standing committees, where proposed legislation is discussed prior to consideration by the full Council.

Here are some of the items before Council this week:

Monday (Sept. 21)

10 a.m.: Rules and Operations Committee will review and approve the week’s meeting schedule and agendas and review two open space classification ordinances and a resolution authorizing submittal of grant applications to the county’s Flood Control Zone District for funding assistance through the flood risk reduction and watershed management economic stimulus grant program.

11 a.m.: Study Session includes review of the Sept. 22 Council meeting agenda, committee agendas for the week and a proposed changes to the Chambers Bay ground lease agreement.

1:30 p.m.: Special meeting of the Community Development Committee to begin review of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Twenty-five amendments were submitted.

 

Tuesday (Sept. 22)

9:30 a.m.: The Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee will review an ordinance to allow “wheeled all-terrain vehicles” on certain county roads; a proposal to amend Title 17A of Pierce County Code; extending the sunset date of the Agricultural Drainage Task Force and re-establishing its work completion; receive an update on Bus Rapid Transit from Pierce Transit and an update on Economic Development Programs.

3 p.m.: Regular meeting. Agenda items up for final consideration include:

View the full agenda for a complete list of resolutions, proclamations and ordinances.


Wednesday (Sept. 23)

9:30 a.m.: Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting to hear presentations from law and justice departments, including the Executive, Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney. The presentation will cover the review of policies, procedures and best practices in place within each department. This is a continuation of the Sept. 16 Committee of the Whole meeting.

1:30 p.m.: Special meeting of the Community Development Committee to review updates to the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and Mid-County Community Plans.


Thursday (Sept. 24)

1:30 p.m.: Special meeting of the Committee of the Whole (COW) to review the CARES Act weekly report and 2020-21 budget review.


View the complete meeting schedule for the week and find proposed legislation and discussion items by clicking on the respective committee pages.

Want to comment at a meeting? Read how to participate virtually.

Upcoming legislation


The following legislative items are before the Pierce County Council. Some dates listed are tentative and subject to change based on Council action.


Centers and Corridors update to Community Plans

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The Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee will hear proposed updates to the Community Plans of Frederickson, Mid County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill at a series of upcoming special meetings.


All meetings are open to the public through virtual attendance and meeting agendas and how to attend will be shared on the Community Development Committee page


View the Centers and Corridors proposal.


Meeting dates (subject to change):


  • Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting to review Parkland-Spanway-Midland and Mid-County community plans.
  • Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting to review South Hill and Frederickson community plans.
  • Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.: Regular Community Development Committee meeting to review Countywide policies and implementing regulations and to review all amendments proposed for the Centers and Corridors legislation.
  • Oct. 13, 3 p.m.: Regular Pierce County Council meeting to vote on proposed updates.

Latest Council action


Additional $7.75 million made available to Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program

The demand for commercial rent and mortgage assistance is expected to exceed the initial $2.5 million allocated to the program, resulting in the Pierce County Council approving an emergency ordinance to increase funds to support local business.

Read more.


Pierce County Council dedicates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to help local schools

At its Aug. 25 meeting the Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance establishing the Pierce County COVID-19 School Assistance Program aimed at helping public, private, tribal and charter schools in Pierce County offset costs associated with the public health crisis.

Read more.


Pierce County Council establishes youth and young adult jobs program

To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

Read more.

COVID-19 Information


CARES Act funds for business and residents

Visit the Pierce County Economic Development CARES Act Relief website to see whether your business is eligible for assistance.

Pierce County Human Services has information on available programs for residents including rental and mortgage assistance, child care vouchers, veterans programs, homeless resources and more. 


Pierce County is in Phase 2 of state's Safe Start plan

Learn more about Safe Start Pierce County

For the latest public health information about COVID-19 in Pierce County visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.


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  1. Pierce County Council increases funds for Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program

    An additional $7.75 million in CARES Act monies was made available Tuesday by the County Council to support the Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program. Read on...
  2. Pierce County Council seeks citizen to fill Performance Audit Committee vacancy

    Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2020. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council dedicates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to local schools

    At its Aug. 25 meeting the Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance establishing the Pierce County COVID-19 School Assistance Program helping public, private, tribal and charter schools in Pierce County offset costs associated with COVID-19. Read on...
  1. Pierce County Council establishes youth and young adult jobs program

    To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. Read on...
  2. Pierce County Council expands support to help more local business

    The Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council authorizes release of remaining CARES Act funding

    The Pierce County Council released the remaining federal CARES Act funding it received to be available for distribution to assist with the response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read on...
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Toll Free: (800) 992-2456
Fax: (253) 798-7509
Email: pccouncil@piercecountywa.gov

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