Chapter 2.78


2.78.010    Creation.

2.78.020    Planning Commission Public Hearings and Recommendation.

2.78.030    Members, Appointment, Terms.

2.78.040    Vacancies.

2.78.050    Removal from Office.

2.78.060    Officers – Rules and Procedure.

2.78.070    Quorum – Meetings.

2.78.080    Powers and Duties.

2.78.010 Creation.

The County Council, pursuant to the Pierce County Charter, hereby creates the County Planning Commission consisting of seven members which shall assist the Planning and Public Works Department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan and recommendations to the County Council for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments thereto. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.020 Planning Commission Public Hearings and Recommendation.

The Planning Commission shall conduct such hearings as are required by Chapter 36.70A RCW or Pierce County Code, relating to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations. The Planning Commission shall make recommendations to the County Council on Comprehensive Plan amendments as defined in Chapter 19C.10 PCC. The Planning Commission shall also make recommendations on Development Regulations or programs which are consistent with and implement the Plan. In formulating its recommendations, the Commission shall conduct at least one public hearing, except for emergency amendments.

The Planning and Public Works Department (PPW) shall give public notice of the time and place of such hearing in at least one newspaper of general circulation in Pierce County at least ten days prior to the date of such hearing.

The Planning Commission shall make Findings of Fact and Conclusions supporting its recommendation and shall, within ten days, transmit its recommendation, along with any comments from PPW and report, to the County Council. The Council may accept or reject, in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Planning Commission and may modify any proposed Plan amendment or Development Regulations or Development Regulation amendment without further reference to the Planning Commission, as long as the action taken conforms with the requirements of Chapter 36.70A RCW, and is consistent with and implements the County's Comprehensive Plan.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 98-16S § 2, 1998; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.030 Members, Appointment, Terms.

The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members appointed for 4-year terms by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council pursuant to the Pierce County Charter. Each Council district shall be represented on the Planning Commission. All members shall be residents and registered voters of their respective council districts and shall maintain residency in their respective council district during the term for which the member was appointed, provided that no council district boundary change shall disqualify a member from holding office during the remainder of the member's term of office.

Members shall receive a per diem of $75.00 for each day they attend a Commission meeting.

(Ord. 2006-116s2 § 4, 2006; Ord. 2002-61s § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.040 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring for any reason other than the expiration of a term of office shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the term, in accordance with the appointment and confirmation procedures of the Pierce County Charter. A member vacating a position shall notify the County Executive of his/her intentions as soon as the intention to vacate is known. (Ord. 2002-61s § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.050 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the Commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.060 Officers – Rules and Procedure.

The Commission shall elect its Chair and Vice-Chair from among the appointed members. The Commission shall appoint a Secretary who need not be a member of the Commission. The Planning and Public Works Director shall propose to the Planning Commission rules and procedures which are necessary for conducting public hearings and Commission meetings. Such rules may be adopted by a majority vote of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission may also adopt rules governing its own internal affairs. No rule or procedure adopted by the Commission governing its hearings, meetings, or internal affairs shall be in conflict with any Federal, State, or County law. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.070 Quorum – Meetings.

Four members of the Planning Commission shall constitute a quorum. All affirmative actions of the Planning Commission shall be determined by a majority vote of the total Commission at a meeting of which a quorum is present; provided, that where State laws or County ordinances require a vote larger than the majority of a quorum, then such provisions shall govern. The Planning Commission shall hold not less than one regular meeting in each month; provided, that if no matters over which the Planning Commission has jurisdiction are pending upon its calendar, a meeting may be canceled. (Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)

2.78.080 Powers and Duties.

The powers and duties of the Planning Commission shall be as specified by Chapter 2.76 of this Code. The County Planning Commission shall perform other duties as assigned by the County Council. (Ord. 95-27S § 2 (part), 1995)