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.
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)

Recent News

Main Community Plans Map

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, which make up the central unincorporated urban growth area (UGA):
For more information visit the 2016-2017 Community Plan Updates webpage.

2016-2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Every other year the County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Applications were accepted from July 1 - August 1 of 2016 and are currently under consideration. For more information and a list of initiated amendments visit the 2016-2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments webpage.