The Pierce County Transportation Element maps out the county's strategy for meeting our transportation needs to 2030. The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires Pierce County to plan for an adequate transportation network and provide facilities and services to meet future needs.
The Transportation Plan contains policies applicable on a countywide scale and for specific Community Plan Areas. The Growth Management Act also requires that the Transportation Element covers a wide range of topics inclusive of:
1. Land use assumptions considered in estimating transportation usage;
2. Impacts of the plan to state roadways;
3. Projects and services to accommodate the travel needs;
4. Inventory of transportation services and facilities;
5. Service standards for our roadways;
6. Actions that would bring these roadways into compliance if our usage exceeded the service standards;
7. Travel forecasts going forward at least ten years;
8. Identification of state and local needs to meet current and future needs;
9. Transportation Demand Management Strategies;
10. Intergovernmental co-ordination; and
11. An Active Transportation/Nonmotorized component.
The Pierce County Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan in August 2015 with an effective date of June 30, 2016. The full Comprehensive Plan document and public meeting schedule can be found on the Comprehensive Plan Web Page.
Numerous Pierce County transportation planning documents were created before the current 2015 Comprehensive Plan process. The DRAFT Transportation Plan Preview produced in March 2009 was part of an attempt to update the Transportation Plan, which was then delayed to coincide with the Comprehensive Plan update. The Transportation Plan Preview showed a range of potential land use and transportation alternatives for the future. The latter document was not adopted by council but serves as an important template for current and future planning work. Previous transportation planning documents can be accessed here at the links below. One of the links is to the original 1992 Transportation Plan. The rest of the documents are from 2008 and 2009.