Chapter 2.103
TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMISSION Revised 10/19

Sections:

2.103.010    Transportation Advisory Commission – Creation.

2.103.020    Duties. Revised 10/19

2.103.030    Membership. Revised 10/19

2.103.040    Appointment Process and Terms of Office for Voting Members. Revised 10/19

2.103.050    Vacancies – Removals.

2.103.060    Officers, Records, and Rules of Procedure. Revised 10/19

2.103.070    Quorums – Meetings. Revised 10/19

2.103.080    Staff Support.

2.103.010 Transportation Advisory Commission – Creation.

There is hereby created a Transportation Advisory Commission, referred to in this Section as "the advisory commission." (Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.020 Duties. Revised 10/19

The advisory commission shall serve as a forum to discuss a variety of local transportation issues and to provide policy, safety, and prioritization advice on these issues to the governing board of the Transportation Benefit District, the Pierce County Executive, and the Pierce County Council. Duties of the advisory commission include:

A.    Reviewing, advising, and making recommendations on Pierce County transportation capital improvement projects, to include recommendations related to congestion reduction, safety benefits, and project prioritization;

B.    Acting as a liaison, coordinate an information exchange on transportation issues among Pierce County and local, state and federal government agencies, citizens, and commercial, agricultural, manufacturing, and other businesses of Pierce County;

C.    Reviewing, advising, and making recommendations regarding transportation system financing and financing proposals such as traffic impact fees, real estate excise tax, mileage taxes, and other funding sources; and

D.    Performing other transportation policy-related duties from time to time as directed by the Pierce County Council or the governing board of the Transportation Benefit District.

(Ord. 2019-61 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.030 Membership. Revised 10/19

The advisory commission shall be composed of 12 voting members who shall represent a balance of interests, experiences, and expertise including, but not limited to, citizens, public interest groups, businesses, commercial transportation, agriculture and four non-voting government ex-officio members as set forth below:

A.    The 12 voting members shall be comprised of the following:

1.    Three residents from unincorporated Pierce County. These members should represent community organizations which are active in the unincorporated area when possible and should be selected to achieve broad geographic coverage;

2.    Three members representing business or business associations;

3.    One member representing school districts or parent teacher student associations;

4.    One member representing a transit association or agency such as Pierce Transit;

5.    One member representing a non-motorized user group;

6.    One member representing the agriculture production sector;

7.    One member representing the long-haul transportation industry; and

8.    One member representing the short-haul/intra-county/last mile transportation industry.

B.    The four non-voting government ex-officio members shall include one representative each from the Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department, the Pierce County Economic Development Department, the Office of the Pierce County Council, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

C.    From time to time, staff members of the Sheriff’s Department, Parks and Recreation Services Department, and Emergency Management Department may be requested to provide information and counsel to the Transportation Advisory Commission on transportation policy, priorities, or traffic safety.

D.    At least annually, the Executive or Chair of the Pierce County Council should invite senior staff from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to inform the advisory commission of potential unit or equipment changes at Lewis Main or McChord Field that could impact the provision of county transportation services for deployment overseas or use in responding to Pierce County, Federal or Washington State natural disasters.

E.    At least annually, the Commission should consult with the Pierce County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee regarding transportation access for persons with disabilities within the community.

(Ord. 2019-61 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.040 Appointment Process and Terms of Office for Voting Members. Revised 10/19

A.    The appointment process for voting members shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter.

B.    Terms of office for voting members shall meet the requirements of Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter; provided, however, that the initial terms of voting members shall be staggered as follows:

1.    Four members shall be appointed for two years;

2.    Four members shall be appointed for three years; and

3.    Four members shall be appointed for four years.

    Thereafter, voting members shall be appointed for four-year terms. Members may serve until their successor is appointed and confirmed, or for 60 days following the expiration of the term, whichever is sooner. No voting member of the advisory commission shall serve more than two consecutive full terms.

C.    Voting member vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired terms or, if occurring on the termination of a regular term, the successor shall be appointed for a full term.

(Ord. 2019-61 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.050 Vacancies – Removals.

Vacancies resulting from the expiration of terms of office shall be filled by appointment and confirmation for a term of four years. Vacancies occurring for any reason other than the expiration of a term of office shall be by appointment and confirmation for the unexpired term of office being filled. (Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.060 Officers, Records, and Rules of Procedure. Revised 10/19

A.    The advisory commission shall elect its chairperson and vice-chairperson from among the appointed members. Officers shall be elected for a 24-month term.

B.    The advisory commission shall keep a summary of its transaction of business and meetings.

C.    The advisory commission process for taking action shall generally be guided by the latest revised version of Robert's Rules of Order. The advisory commission may adopt additional operating procedures for conducting advisory commission business; provided, that such procedure does not conflict with State statute, County resolution or ordinance.

(Ord. 2019-61 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.070 Quorums – Meetings. Revised 10/19

A quorum for conducting official business of the advisory commission shall be a majority of the appointed membership, excluding vacancies. No public meeting shall be conducted, nor testimony accepted, unless a quorum is present. All actions of the advisory commission shall be determined by a majority vote at a meeting of which a quorum is present. All meetings shall be open to the public and meet the requirements of Chapter 42.30 RCW. (Ord. 2019-61 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)

2.103.080 Staff Support.

The Planning and Public Works Department shall provide a recording secretary and technical support staff, as deemed necessary by the County Executive, for the meetings of the advisory commission. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-48s § 1 (part), 2016)