Chapter 19C.10
PROCEDURES FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN Revised 6/18

Sections:

19C.10.010    Authority.

19C.10.020    Purpose.

19C.10.030    Types of Plan Amendments – Definitions.

19C.10.040    Council Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Revised 6/18

19C.10.045    Docketing of Suggested Plan Amendments.

19C.10.050    Initiation of Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

19C.10.055    Applications for Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

19C.10.060    Review and Evaluation of Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

19C.10.065    GMA Periodic Update-Review and Evaluation of Council Initiated Amendments.

19C.10.070    Time Frame for Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Revised 6/18

19C.10.080    Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation.

19C.10.085    Land Use Advisory Commission Review and Recommendation.

19C.10.086    Pierce County Regional Council Review and Recommendation.

19C.10.090    Council Public Hearing.

19C.10.100    Transmittal of Comprehensive Plan Amendments to the State.

19C.10.110    Severability.

19C.10.010 Authority.

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that an adopted Comprehensive Plan shall be subject to continuing review and evaluation and that any amendment or revision to the Comprehensive Plan conform to the requirements of Chapter 36.70A RCW, and that any change to development regulations or official controls is consistent with and implement the Comprehensive Plan (RCW 36.70A.130(2)). Additionally, RCW 36.70A.130(2) specifically requires that the County establish procedures whereby proposed amendments or revisions of the Comprehensive Plan are considered by the County Council no more frequently than once every year except that amendments may be considered more frequently under the following circumstances: (1) the initial adoption of a subarea plan; (2) adoption or amendment of a shoreline master program; and (3) the amendment of the capital facilities element. Proposals must also be considered by the County Council concurrently so the cumulative effect of the various proposals can be ascertained. However, Plan amendments that conform to the GMA may be adopted whenever an emergency exists or to resolve an appeal of the comprehensive plan with a growth management hearings board or the court. RCW 36.70A.120 further requires that the County shall perform its activities and make capital budget decisions in conformity with the Comprehensive Plan. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this Chapter is to define types of Plan amendments and establish time lines and procedures to be followed when proposals are made for amending or revising the County Comprehensive Plan. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.030 Types of Plan Amendments – Definitions.

A.    "Area-Wide Map amendment" means a proposed change or revision to the Comprehensive Plan Generalized Land Use Map that affects an area which is either comprehensive in nature, deals with homogeneous communities, is geographically distinctive, or has unified interest within the County, such as community plan areas. An Area-Wide Map amendment, unlike a parcel or site-specific land use reclassification proposal, is of area-wide significance and includes many separate properties under various ownerships. Single parcel or single ownership Area-Wide Map Amendments may be appropriate for correcting technical errors or applications involving Master Planned Communities, Master Planned Resorts, Employment Based Planned Communities, or New Fully Contained Communities.

B.    "Capital Facilities amendment" means a proposed change or revision to the Capital Facilities Element of the Comprehensive Plan that affects capital budget decisions.

C.    "Community Plan amendment" means a proposed change or revision to the text, goals, policies or Community Plan Land Use Map and does not include the initial adoption of a new or County-initiated update to an existing community plan.

D.    "Comprehensive Plan amendment" means an Area-Wide Map amendment, Capital Facilities amendment, Emergency amendment, Text amendment, Community Plan amendment, or Urban Growth Area amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.

E.    "Emergency amendment" means a proposed change or revision to the Comprehensive Plan that arises from a situation that necessitates the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety or support of the County government and its existing institutions. Emergency amendments are governed by the procedures set forth in the Pierce County Charter for emergency ordinances.

F.    "Text amendment" means a change or revision in the text of the goals, policies, objectives, principles or standards of any element of the Comprehensive Plan, except the Capital Facilities Element and the Community Plans.

G.    "Urban Growth Area amendment" means a change or revision to the designated Comprehensive Urban Growth Area (CUGA), or designated urban growth area or urban service area of any city or town within Pierce County.

(Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2005-121s4 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2005-120s § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.040 Council Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Revised 6/18

A.    Comprehensive Plan amendments, other than Emergency amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan, shall be adopted by ordinance of the County Council after a public hearing and review and recommendation of the Planning Commission.

B.    Urban Growth Area amendments are Comprehensive Plan amendments; however, such amendments shall only be considered by the Council following review pursuant to RCW 36.70A.130(3), the Countywide Planning Policies for Pierce County, and consistent with the provisions of any executed interlocal agreements for joint planning with any city or town.

C.    Emergency amendments shall be accomplished by emergency ordinance and the procedures set forth in Section 2.50 of the Pierce County Charter.

D.    Capital Facilities amendments may be adopted by separate ordinance and separate time lines provided that a finding is made regarding consistency with the adopted Comprehensive Plan.

E.    Comprehensive Plan amendments may be adopted as part of a Council initiated community plan update as defined in PCC 19C.20.030.

(Ord. 2018-16s § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2009-80 § 1 (part), 2009; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.045 Docketing of Suggested Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

A.    The Planning and Public Works Department shall keep a docket of suggested Comprehensive Plan amendments submitted by any citizen, Hearing Examiner, County staff, County board or commission member. The docket shall include the following:

1.    Name and address of person or agency requesting the Plan amendment;

2.    Type of amendment being suggested and a description of the amendment;

3.    Date of request; and

4.    Map of the affected area, if appropriate.

B.    The docket shall be made available to the public for review.

C.    On an annual basis the Department shall review the docket and advise the County Council regarding suggested amendments for potential initiation under the time frames allowed in PCC 19C.10.070.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2005-121s4 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996)

19C.10.050 Initiation of Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

A.    Proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments, except for Capital Facilities amendments and Emergency amendments, may be initiated by:

1.    The County Executive, by submitting completed applications for each amendment to the County Council by the date prescribed in PCC 19C.10.070, provided such applications are consistent with the requirements of subsection E. of this Section.

2.    A city or town having jurisdiction within Pierce County, by submitting completed applications for each amendment to the County Council by the date prescribed in PCC 19C.10.070, provided such applications are consistent with the requirements of subsection E. of this Section.

3.    The County Council, pursuant to an official Resolution of the Council by the date prescribed in PCC 19C.10.070, provided the proposed amendment is consistent with the requirements of subsection E. of this Section. The amendments initiated by the County Executive, and the Cities and Towns pursuant to this Section shall be included in the Resolution. The Resolution shall request the Planning and Public Works Department to conduct environmental review and to report on and set the matter for hearing and recommendation by the Planning Commission.

B.    Proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments initiated pursuant to PCC 19C.10.050 A. above shall be submitted in writing to the Director of Planning and Public Works. Each initiated proposal for a Comprehensive Plan amendment shall include a completed application as described in PCC 19C.10.055.

C.    Capital Facilities amendments may be initiated by the Executive or the Council by submitting the proposed changes to the Capital Facilities Element of the Comprehensive Plan (PCC Titles 19A and 19E) to the Planning Commission and the Council under the time line prescribed in PCC 19C.10.070 B.

D.    An update to the Transportation Plan and related amendments to the Transportation Element may be initiated by the Executive by submitting the proposed Plan Update and changes to the Transportation Element to the Planning Commission and the Council under the timeline prescribed in PCC 19C.10.070 D.

E.    Requirements for Acceptance of Applications.

1.    Map, Text or Urban Growth Area Amendment applications will not be accepted if the proposal(s) is associated with a community plan where a planning process for a new plan or an update to an existing community plan is currently underway or has been initiated by Council action but not yet begun;

2.    Map, Text or Urban Growth Area Amendment applications associated with a community plan area where the community plan was adopted within the two years prior to the start of the amendment cycle will not be accepted, unless correcting technical errors as determined by Planning and Public Works;

3.    Map Amendment applications for Employment Centers, Planned Communities or Agricultural Resource Lands technical corrections, that do not include the required components listed in PCC 19C.10.055 C., D. or E., as applicable, will not be accepted;

4.    Urban Growth Area Amendment applications that do not include the required components listed in PCC 19C.10.055 F. will not be accepted; and

5.    Map or Urban Growth Area Amendment applications that do not include documentation that the notification requirements of PCC 19C.10.055 G. have been met will not be accepted.

6.    Applications for expansion of an Urban Growth Area shall include the following documentation:

a.    the proposal has been included in the appropriate Comprehensive Plan, if affiliated with a city or town;

b.    SEPA has been completed;

c.    the proposal is consistent with an adopted Capital Facilities Plan which demonstrates how public facilities and services will be provided; and

d.    a public outreach program that includes affected property owners has been conducted. Such outreach may be accomplished by:

(1)    the jurisdiction's public involvement program for the related city or town Comprehensive Plan amendment or SEPA process, provided that the unincorporated property owners were included in the notices and that such notice was clear about the property involved, or

(2)    through a public hearing before a County land use advisory commission.

If this was not done, public outreach may be accomplished through public notice and public hearings associated with the city or town legislative body's decision to forward the Urban Growth Area application to the County Council.

e.    documentation acknowledging the requirement to comply with the requirements of Pierce County's TDR/PDR program or community plan if applicable.

f.    documentation acknowledging the requirement to remove all development rights from designated agricultural land and critical areas or from commensurate agricultural land pursuant to an applicable community plan, if a UGA expansion is approved that encompasses such lands.

7.    Applications which were submitted to the Council but either not initiated or denied in one Plan Amendment cycle shall not be accepted in the next subsequent cycle unless the application is modified to address the reason for rejection.

F.    Applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments considered pursuant to the required GMA periodic update cycle as required in RCW 36.70A.130 (5)(a) shall not be subject to the application requirements of PCC 19C.10.050 E. or 19C.10.055 but shall include an analysis and recommendation pursuant to PCC 19C.10.065.

G.    Proposed text, policy, or land use designation changes through a Community Plan Update process shall not be considered a "Community Plan amendment" and shall not be subject to the application requirements of PCC 19C.10.050 E. or 19C.10.055.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-31s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2009-71s § 3 (part), 2009; Ord. 2007-91s § 3 (part), 2007; Ord. 2005-121s4 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.055 Applications for Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

A.    Applications for Comprehensive Plan Amendments shall include at least the following information:

1.    a description of the Comprehensive Plan amendment being proposed including proposed map or text changes; and

2.    an explanation of why the Comprehensive Plan amendment is needed and is being proposed.

B.    The Planning and Public Works Department shall provide forms for proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments, except Capital Facilities amendments.

C.    Map Amendments – Employment Center. Applications for Map Amendments requesting redesignation of existing Employment Center parcels to another designation shall include a companion application proposing to redesignate other parcels to Employment Center. The companion application shall propose redesignation of other specific urban parcels that are currently designated or zoned for non-residential use and meet the following criteria: (1) the parcel is currently undeveloped; or (2) is not currently being used for uses permitted in an Employment Center zone. If an applicant contends a parcel is unlikely to be developed for industrial uses due to adjacent incompatible uses, the amount of critical areas on the parcel, or if the parcel is determined to be of insufficient size or proper location for industrial use, the legislative body may consider redesignating the parcel without a companion application. The intent is to ensure no net loss of total acreage in the Employment Center designation that is likely to be developed as an industrial use in the County. No net loss shall be measured using the "net developable acreage" on the parcels, as defined in PCC 18.25.030. Each application shall indicate how the proposed property meets the locational criteria for the Employment Center designation or why the existing Employment Center properties are unlikely to be developed for industrial uses.

D.    Map Amendments – Planned Communities. A Map Amendment application requesting redesignation of an area to Master Planned Resort (MPR), Employment Based Planned Community (EBPC), or Master Planned Community (MPC), or an expansion of or modification to such designations, must contain conceptual plans that:

1.    Describe planned uses and densities including, but not limited to, the proposed range of housing types and lot sizes, commercial uses, civic uses, and industrial uses, as applicable;

2.    Describe the parks and open space network including acreage, layout, and recreational amenities;

3.    Describe the transportation network including proposed road classifications, connectivity to the existing and proposed roadways, non-motorized transportation, and opportunities for transit service, as appropriate;

4.    Describe how affordable housing will be included within the project consistent with the Housing Element of the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan;

5.    Specify whether or not participation in the Purchase of Development Rights/Transfer of Development Rights program is proposed and the dwelling unit increase that is being sought through participation in the program;

6.    Describe sewer and stormwater infrastructure;

7.    Describe proposed bulk standards, landscaping, and building design requirements; and

8.    Demonstrate how the proposal conforms with the basic requirements for an MPC, EBPC, or MPR as established in PCC 18A.75.080.

E.    Map Amendments – Agricultural Resource Lands Errors. Map Amendment applications requesting correction of an error in mapping must contain supporting documentation as required by the Planning and Public Works Department.

F.    Urban Growth Area Amendments. If the most recent Buildable Lands Report indicates that no additional residential land capacity is needed, one of the following shall be required:

1.    Supplemental information updating population and development trends or documentation of regulatory changes implemented since the completion of the most recent Buildable Lands Report that justifies the need within the Countywide context to expand the Urban Growth Area; or

2.    A companion application for reducing the Urban Growth Area in another location to ensure that the amount of residential land capacity is not increased. The properties proposed for removal from the Urban Growth Area must be contiguous with the Urban Growth boundary and be rural in character with existing rural densities.

3.    Documentation that the proposed UGA application does not increase the residential or commercial/industrial capacity.

G.    Notification Requirements.

1.    Applicant Notification Requirements.

a.    All applications for Map and Urban Growth Area Amendments shall include an affidavit documenting that taxpayers or property owners for all parcels included in the amendment request have been notified of the application by mail prior to submittal for initiation by the Council. A copy of the notification letter and mailing list shall be attached to the affidavit.

b.    Following initiation by the Council, the applicant shall submit to the Department an affidavit documenting that the site has been posted at least 14 days prior to the hearing before the Planning Commission and the hearing before any applicable land use advisory commission.

2.    Department Notification Requirements. Following initiation by the Council, the Department shall be responsible for providing notification of all Map and Urban Growth Area Amendments as follows:

a.    Departmental Posting. Notice shall be posted in the Department at a central location accessible to the public.

b.    Mailing. Notice shall be sent by the Department through the United States mail to the following: all property owners in the amendment area and within 300 feet, but not less than two parcels deep, around the exterior of the amendment area; affected cities; affected tribes including the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup and Squaxin Tribes; affected fire and school districts; affected water purveyors; and affected land use advisory commissions. This does not add or subtract from Pierce County's notification obligations under the Puyallup Tribal Settlement Agreement.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2009-71s § 3 (part), 2009; Ord. 2008-39 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2007-91s § 3, 2007; Ord. 2005-121s4 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2005-120s § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996)

19C.10.060 Review and Evaluation of Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

A.    The Planning and Public Works Department shall prepare a report including recommendations on all initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments and forward the report to the Planning Commission and the land use advisory commissions.

B.    The report shall evaluate the merits of the initiated amendments based upon the following:

1.    the effect upon the rate of growth, development, and conversion of land as envisioned in the Plan;

2.    the effect upon the County's capacity to provide adequate public facilities;

3.    the effect upon the rate of population and employment growth;

4.    whether Plan objectives are being met as specified or remain valid and desirable;

5.    the effect upon general land values or housing costs;

6.    whether capital improvements or expenditures, including transportation, are being made or completed as expected;

7.    whether the initiated amendment conforms to the requirements of the GMA, is internally consistent with the Plan and is consistent with the Countywide Planning Policies for Pierce County;

8.    the effect upon critical areas and natural resource lands;

9.    consistency with locational criteria in the Comprehensive Plan and application requirements established by this Chapter;

10.    the effect upon other considerations as deemed necessary by the Department.

C.    The report shall further evaluate the merits of the initiated UGA amendments based upon the following:

1.    Demonstration put forth by the jurisdiction affiliated with the proposed UGA that it has the capability and capacity to provide urban level services to the area while maintaining a healthy natural ecosystem. This can be demonstrated by, but not limited to, the submittal of financial plans for infrastructure and services, such as a sewerage general plan for the area, storm drainage plan(s); evidence of compliance with NPDES; and evidence of an available adequate potable water supply.

2.    Demonstration put forth by the jurisdiction affiliated with the proposed UGA that the adopted land use and design standards for the area shall plan for design characteristics and infrastructure necessary to make transit a viable transportation alternative.

D.    Comprehensive Plan amendments for Planned Communities which propose densities that exceed that allowed by the existing zoning shall also be evaluated by the Department to assess whether or not the proposed density increase is warranted by the conceptual design, mitigation, and the public amenities that will be provided by the proposal and whether or not the public interest will be served by permitting the density increase.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2009-71s § 3 (part), 2009; Ord. 2007-91s § 3 (part), 2007; Ord. 2005-120s § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.065 GMA Periodic Update-Review and Evaluation of Council Initiated Amendments.

A.    During a required GMA periodic update, the Planning and Public Works Department shall evaluate Council-initiated amendments based upon the following:

1.    Is there a community or countywide need for the proposed amendment? If so, what is that need?

2.    Is the infrastructure available to support the requested amendment, such as sewer, water, roads, schools, fire support?

3.    Would the requested amendment provide public benefits? If so, what sorts of public benefits?

4.    Are there physical constraints on the property?

5.    Are there environmental constraints, such as noise, access, traffic, hazard areas on or adjacent to the proposed amendment?

6.    What types of land use or activities are located on the property?

7.    What types of land use or activities are located on neighboring properties?

8.    Is the proposed amendment consistent with all applicable state and local planning policies?

B.    UGA amendments shall be evaluated based upon criteria listed in PCC 19C.10.060 C.

C.    Comprehensive Plan amendments for Planned Communities shall be evaluated based upon PCC 19C.10.060 D.

D.    Planning and Public Works shall forward the amendments to the Planning Commission with their recommendation, as part of the larger update proposal.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-31s § 1 (part), 2014)

19C.10.070 Time Frame for Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Revised 6/18

A.    All initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments, except Capital Facilities amendments, amendments associated with a community plan update, and certain agriculture amendments described in subsection D. of this Section, shall be considered by the Council concurrently and no more frequently than once every two years, unless an emergency exists.

1.    Pierce County's two-year review cycle shall be completed in odd numbered years.

2.    Applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments shall be accepted by the Council between July 1 and July 31 during the even numbered year. During the remainder of the review cycle, suggested Plan amendments shall be provided to the Planning and Public Works Department, entered on the Docket, and treated as a suggested amendment pursuant to PCC 19C.10.045.

3.    Applications from the County Executive and the cities and towns shall be provided to the Council prior to July 31 during the even numbered years.

4.    The Council shall review all accepted and complete applications received for Council initiation and conduct at least one public hearing to determine which applications to initiate. Initiation shall be accomplished through an action of the Council by September 30 during the even numbered years. Screening of applications by the Council will include review of the applications against the requirements in this Chapter and locational criteria and policies in the Comprehensive Plan.

5.    The Planning and Public Works Department shall conduct its review, evaluation and report on initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments prior to and concurrently with the Planning Commission review. However, all departmental reporting and evaluation on initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments, including any necessary environmental review, shall be completed prior to the Commission taking action on recommendations regarding initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments.

6.    The Planning Commission shall consider all initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments, except Capital Facilities amendments, concurrently so that the cumulative effect of the various proposals can be ascertained. The Commission shall complete its review, evaluation and recommendation on initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments by February 15 of the odd numbered years.

B.    The time frames for Capital Facilities amendments shall include the submittal of proposed changes to the Capital Facilities Element (PCC Titles 19A and 19E) in a staff report to the Planning Commission and the Council prior to the end of the second calendar quarter of each budget year. The staff report shall include an evaluation and environmental review consistent with the requirements for other types of Comprehensive Plan amendments. Furthermore, receipt of funds from non-County revenues for projects not identified in the County's Capital Facilities Element, but identified in other long-term planning documents, may be spent or encumbered, as long as the Capital Facilities Element is amended accordingly during the next available review process.

C.    Urban Growth Area amendments initiated by cities and towns incorporated after initial adoption of the County's Comprehensive Plan, November 29, 1994, may be reviewed on an annual cycle according to the procedures set forth in PCC 19C.10.070 A. for the first two years after incorporation, if the city or town submits a complete application by July 1 of an even numbered year.

D.    The following agriculture related amendments may be reviewed on an annual cycle according to the procedures set forth in PCC 19C.10.070 A. and the initiation requirements set forth in PCC 19C.10.050:

1.    Technical corrections to resolve Agricultural Resource Lands mapping errors;

2.    Amendments which result in a net increase in the acreage of Agricultural Resource Lands and include a conservation easement component which protects such lands in perpetuity; and

3.    Amendments proposing redesignation of lands from Rural 10 to Rural Farm.

E.    The time frames set forth in this Section may not apply to the following amendments: adoption or amendment of the Shoreline Master Program, the initial adoption or subsequent update of a community plan for an area, or adoption of amendments to resolve an appeal of the Comprehensive Plan with the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board or with the court.

(Ord. 2018-16s § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-31s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2009-80 § 1 (part), 2009; Ord. 2007-91s § 3 (part), 2007; Ord. 2005-121s4 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2005-120s § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2005-70s § 2, 2005; Ord. 2004-12s § 1, 2004; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.080 Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation.

Except for Emergency amendments, the Planning Commission shall conduct its public hearings, receive public comments, and make recommendations on initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments pursuant to PCC 2.78.020. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.085 Land Use Advisory Commission Review and Recommendation.

Except for Emergency amendments and technical correction amendments, the land use advisory commissions may review and make recommendations on initiated Community Plan amendments, Area-Wide Map amendments, Text amendments and Urban Growth Area amendments affecting the represented community. Recommendations shall be made pursuant to the rules in PCC 2.45.130. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2005-120s § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 98-16S § 2 (part), 1998)

19C.10.086 Pierce County Regional Council Review and Recommendation.

All initiated Urban Growth Area amendments shall be referred to the Pierce County Regional Council for review and recommendation pursuant to the policies contained in the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 98-16S § 2 (part), 1998)

19C.10.090 Council Public Hearing.

Except for Emergency amendments, the County Council shall hold at least one public hearing on initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments in order to receive public comments on such proposals. The requirements of the Pierce County Charter and the Permanent Rules of the Pierce County Council governing the enactment of ordinances shall govern public hearing and notice requirements for Comprehensive Plan amendments. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 98-16S § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.100 Transmittal of Comprehensive Plan Amendments to the State.

Pursuant to RCW 36.70A.106(3), the Planning and Public Works Department shall notify and transmit copies of initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments to the Washington State Department of Commerce at least 60 days prior to anticipated action on the initiated amendments. This transmittal should coincide with the issuance of the Planning and Public Works Department staff report to the Planning Commission and associated environmental documentation provided pursuant to SEPA. A second transmittal should be made at the time of issuance of the Planning Commission's recommendations. The Department shall also transmit to the State within 10 days any Comprehensive Plan amendment adopted by the Council. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 96-123 § 1 (part), 1996; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)

19C.10.110 Severability.

If any provision of this Chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 2016-18 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 95-27S § 3 (part), 1995)