Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021

Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed to October 1, 2021.

Since mid-2016, Pierce County has been working on a way to accommodate a large increase in housing in the urban unincorporated portion of the county south of the cities of Tacoma and Puyallup. There are four community plans directly affected. All four of these plans have been challenged for not adhering to the Growth Management Plan for the State of Washington. The picture below is the affected area of the county.

To see the documents challenging the community plan changes, the following links go the the site and to each of the three documents.

Growth Management Hearings Board Pierce County cases
21-3-0003c CPSGMHB Futurewise, et al. v. Pierce County 2/3/2021

The Pierce County plans are
Frederickson Community Plan
Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Community Plan
Mid-County Community Plan
South Hill Community Plan

Washington State growth Management Act can be found at this link.

Goal from Vision 2040 and Vision 2050 of the Puget Sound Regional Council are also part of this planning process.

In addition, the County Council today confirmed the appointment of Jennifer Tetatzin as the new Director of the Planning and Public Works Department. Former Director, Dennis Hanberg retired. Executive Dammeier gave a detailed introduction of Ms. Tetatzen a the Council meeting. You can find the recording at PCTV as soon as it is uploaded.

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