2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

The applications listed below were initiated by the Executive or County Council on September 27, 2016 by Resolution No. 2016-114s.  Pierce County Planning Commission made a recommendation on all amendments on February 1, 2017.

The Pierce County Council passed 6-1 Ordinance 2017-6s which adopted the 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendments with no changes to current Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) policies. 

The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan sets the direction for accommodating and directing growth and development in unincorporated portions of the county.  The county’s zoning and development regulations are based on this policy document. 
 
The amendments to the Comprehensive Plan include; 
Minor changes to the urban growth area boundary
Identifying additional areas for potential annexation
Changes to land use policies and text
Changes in the Land Use Designation Map 

Of note, the ordinance included proposed amendments to county policies for designating Agricultural Resource Lands (ARL) and associated land use designation changes.  The amendments stemmed from a study commissioned by the county council in 2016.  The council voted 4-3 to de-designate two properties from ARL.

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Urban Growth Area (UGA)/Potential Annexation Area (PAA) Amendments


Proposed changes to the designated Urban Growth Area (UGA) or designated Potential Annexation Area (PAA) of any city or town within Pierce County.
Application Description LUAC Planning
Commission
844117

Staff Report
Expand the City of Gig Harbor’s UGA to include City owned property adjacent to an existing City park (Crescent Creek City Park). Gig Harbor Peninsula Dec. 14, 2016 Jan. 25, 2017
844239

Staff Report

Supplemental
Expand the UGA affiliated with the City of Bonney Lake and redesignate 2 parcels on 58.5 acres from Rural Ten (R10) to Moderate Density Single Family (MSF). N/A Jan. 18, 2017
844245

Staff Report
Create a new “Potential Incorporation Area” (PIA) designation in the Tehaleh area. Includes 1,446 parcels on approx. 5,100 acres. N/A Jan. 18, 2017
844294

Staff Report
Potential Annexation Area (PAA) affiliation for Ponderosa Estates/Wilderness Ridge with the City of Bonney Lake for possible future annexation. Includes 665 parcels on approx. 289.45 acres within the UGA. N/A Jan. 18, 2017
844295

Staff Report
PAA affiliation for Country Highlands with the City of Bonney Lake for possible future annexation. Includes 60 parcels on approx. 64.62 acres within the UGA. N/A Jan. 18, 2017

Area-Wide Map Amendments


Proposed changes to the Land Use Designations Map. An Area-Wide Map Amendment, unlike a parcel or site-specific land use reclassification, is of area-wide significance and includes many separate properties under various ownerships. Single-parcel or single-ownership map changes may be appropriate only for correcting technical errors or for applications involving one of four types of planned communities.
Application Description LUAC Planning
Commission
844105

Staff Report

Supplemental

Alternative Criteria
Amend the Land Use Designation map to designate Agricultural Resource Lands (ARL) consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Pierce County Office of Performance Audit report titled “A Fresh Look at Pierce County Agriculture” dated September 12, 2016. Existing ARL parcels subject to de-designation should be re-designated to appropriate rural land use designations consistent with adopted land use and Community Plan policies. (See also: Text and Community Plan Amendment descriptions associated with this application number)
Graham
Dec. 13, 2016


Mid-County
Dec. 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula Dec. 14, 2016

Key Peninsula
Dec. 21, 2016

Jan. 11, 2017
844114

Staff Report
Technical Map Amendments:
1. Jackson - Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) to Rural Separator (RSep). Includes one 14.71 acre parcel at 4708 116th Street E, Tacoma (#0319121003).

2. Walker - ARL to Rural Ten (R10). Includes one 12.64 acre parcel at 21805 96th Street E, Sumner (#0520353056).
1. Mid-County Dec. 13, 2016


2. N/A
Jan. 25, 2017
844237

Staff Report
Designate 9 parcels on 57.7 acres from Rural Sensitive Resource (RSR) to Rural 10 (R10) at the Graham Kapowsin High School campus. Graham
Dec. 13, 2016
Jan. 18, 2017
844305

Staff Report
Designate various Pierce County Parks properties with the Parks and Recreation designation. Includes 18 parcels on approx. 198 acres. South Hill
Dec. 5, 2016


Parkland-Spanaway-Midland
Dec. 7, 2016


Graham
Dec. 13, 2016

Jan. 25, 2017

Text Amendments


Proposed changes to the policies of the Comprehensive Plan text.
Application Description LUAC Planning
Commission
844105

Staff Report

Supplemental

Alternative Criteria
Amend ARL policies and sub-policies in Goal LU-80 through Goal LU-90 and associated text, as necessary to provide policies consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Pierce County Office of Performance Audit report titled “A Fresh Look at Pierce County Agriculture” dated September 12, 2016,including the establishment of 4 agricultural production districts with specific designation criteria for each district. (See also: Map and Community Plan Amendment descriptions associated with this application number) 
Graham
Dec. 13, 2016


Mid-County
Dec. 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula Dec. 14, 2016

Key Peninsula
Dec. 21, 2016
Jan. 11, 2017
844112

Staff Report
Changes to Land Use, Environment, and Utility policies to promote the use of low impact development principles and best management practices. Developed in concert with Puget Soundkeepers. South Hill
Dec. 5, 2016


Parkland-Spanaway- Midland
Dec. 7, 2016


Graham
Dec. 13, 2016


Mid County
Dec. 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula
Dec. 14, 2016


Frederickson
Dec. 19, 2016


Key Peninsula
Dec. 21, 2016
Jan. 25, 2017
844116

Staff Report
Change the level of service standard for County parks from “acres per capita” to an “investment per capita” methodology. N/A Jan. 25, 2017
844114

Staff Report
Technical Text Amendment: Restore the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan - Land Use Policy 10.3.2.1. The policy addresses the appropriate location for designating any required open space tract. Gig Harbor Peninsula
Dec. 14, 2016
Jan. 25, 2017
844235

Staff Report
Changes to Employment Center (EC) land use designation policy. Clarifies that a companion map amendment is not required to address “no net loss” of EC land in certain circumstances. South Hill
December 5, 2016


Parkland-Spanaway- Midland
December 7, 2016


Mid County
December 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula
December 14, 2016


Frederickson
December 19, 2016
Jan. 25, 2017
844244

Staff Report
Proposed policies for a new “Potential Incorporation Area” (PIA) designation, and reference to designating the Tehaleh area as a PIA (Application #844245). N/A Jan. 18, 2017
844110

Staff Report
Allow craft distilleries, as defined in RCW 66.24.010(12), in rural areas at an appropriate rural scale and consistent with community character, and when at least half of the raw materials used in the production are grown in the State of Washington.  Graham
Dec. 13, 2016


Mid-County
Dec. 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula
Dec. 14, 2016


Key Peninsula
Dec. 21, 2016
Jan. 25, 2017

Community Plan Amendments


Proposed changes to the policies of an adopted community plan included in the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan. Note: Changes to land use designations in a Community Plan area is an Area-Wide Map Amendment.
Application Description LUAC Planning
Commission
844105

Staff Report

Supplemental

Alternative Criteria
Amend all Community Plans as necessary to implement and provide consistency with the Countywide ARL policy and Land Use Designation map. (See also: Map and Text Amendment descriptions associated with this application number) Graham
Dec. 13, 2016


Mid-County
Dec. 13, 2016


Gig Harbor Peninsula Dec. 14, 2016

Key Peninsula
Dec. 21, 2016
Jan. 11, 2017
844109

Staff Report
Amend the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan to prohibit piers and docks in the Conservancy Shoreline Environment. Gig Harbor Peninsula
Dec. 14, 2016
Jan. 25, 2017
Applications were not be accepted in the following community plan areas as they are currently under an update process:
You can still propose land use and policy changes to these Community Plans by visiting the links above and submitting comments.

Contact
Jeff Mann, Senior Planner
JMann@co.pierce.wa.us
253-798-2150