2044 Comprehensive Plan Update
The Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan is a plan for our community's future. Every ten years, the City comes together to update this important document to guide the vision and growth for Gig Harbor over the next 20 years. The 2023-2024 update cycle will also include an update to the transportation plan and a new climate action element.
This page is your source for Comprehensive Plan updates including public participation opportunities and progress on the plan.
The City has developed a Storymap that outlines the multiple focus points of the comprehensive planning effort. Scroll through below, or get the full immersive experience by clicking HERE Version Options 2044 Comprehensive Plan Update HeadlineThe Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan ElementsHow Can I Participate?What is the Comprehensive Planning Process?Why Do We Need to Plan?Planning for GrowthGet Involved!.
The Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan Elements
Provides an overview of the historical and legislative context to comprehensive plans as well as how the plan is implemented. The introduction also includes the regional vision as required under the Growth Management Act.
2. Land Use
Establishes the distribution and location of the uses of land for housing, commerce, industry, recreation, education, public buildings, parks and open space lands. This element includes a statement of population density standards while providing for the protection of public water supplies, drainage, flooding and stormwater facilities.
3. The Harbor
The Harbor element addresses preservation of the harbor area, recognizing concerns about the impact of growth on Gig Harbor’s downtown area while allowing for a vibrant economic sector.
4. Community Design
Provides goals and policies about how the built environment interacts with the natural environment, protecting Gig Harbor’s identity and beauty while accommodating development.
Addresses the management of resource lands and critical areas, with special consideration to conservation or protection measures necessary to preserve of enhance fisheries.
Includes an inventory of existing housing stock, identifies gaps in available housing types by income, and establishes strategies and policies necessary to meet housing goals established by the state and Pierce County.
7. Economic Development
Provides goals and policies that encourage economic development, by analyzing current employment conditions, establishing priority sites for job creation and increasing local economic opportunities.
8. Essential Public Facilities
Provides planning for essential public facilities offer important services to the public and are vital for a community. Included are such facilities and uses which are usually considered “difficult to site” such as, but not limited to; airports, state education facilities, state or regional transportation facilities, state and local correction facilities, solid waste handling facilities, in-patient facilities, mental health facilities and group homes.
Addresses the siting and location of utilities serving their jurisdiction. The section addresses utilities owned and operated by entities other than the City, including electricity, telecommunication, and natural gas.
10. Shoreline Management
Serves to protect and enhance ecological functions of the shoreline by providing detailed development regulations using best available science. Adopts goals and policies as set forth in the Comprehensive Plan and integrates the shoreline management planning process with the comprehensive plan under the Growth Management Act, as feasible, to ensure consistency between the two plans.
11. Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Includes estimates of park and recreation demand for at least a fifteen-year period; an evaluation of facilities and service needs; and an evaluation of intergovernmental coordination opportunities to provide regional approaches for meeting park and recreational demand.
Provides a safe, balanced, and efficient multi-modal transportation system that is consistent with the City’s overall vision and serves anticipated growth. The transportation element sets a framework for creating a transportation network to help Gig Harbor achieve its overall vision.
13. Capital Facilities
The City and community’s policy plan for the financing of public facilities over the next twenty years and includes a fiscally responsible six-year financing plan for construction of the capital facilities. The capital facilities element specifically evaluates the City’s fiscal capability to provide public facilities necessary to support the other comprehensive plan elements.
14. Arts and Culture
Identifies the City's goals and aspirations for inclusion of arts and culture in comprehensive planning. The vision for the City’s arts and cultural future identifies relationships with other City policy, and presenting specific policies and strategies the City may pursue to realize desired outcomes.
How Can I Participate?
The City has a number of ways to participate!
Attend a public meeting or hearing! Sign up for updates here Version Options 2044 Comprehensive Plan Update The Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan ElementsHeadlineHow Can I Participate?The Comprehensive Planning ProcessPlanning for Growth[taken from Kirkland] Environmental Compliance Revise Transportation Master PlanGet Involved! How Can I Participate?Why Do We Need to Plan? How Can I Participate?Why Do We Need to Plan? & check out the City Council and Planning Commission schedule and agendas here Version Options 2044 Comprehensive Plan Update The Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan ElementsHeadlineHow Can I Participate?The Comprehensive Planning ProcessPlanning for Growth[taken from Kirkland] Environmental Compliance Revise Transportation Master PlanGet Involved! How Can I Participate?Why Do We Need to Plan? How Can I Participate?Why Do We Need to Plan?.
Attend a public event! Our schedule is updated regularly:
|Planning Commission||Thursday May 18th||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Kickoff Visioning Fair||Saturday May 20th||10am - 2pm||Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Waterfront Farmer's Market||Thursday June 1st||1pm - 6pm||Skansie Waterfront Park, 3211 Harborview Drive|
|Joint City Council & Planning Commission Meeting||Thursday June 1st||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Planning Commission||Thursday June 15th||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Uptown Gig Harbor Fest 4 All||Saturday June 21st||11am - 8pm||Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive|
|Planning Commission||Thursday July 6th||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Peninsula Art League Summer Arts Festival||Saturday July 15th||10am - 6pm||Judson Street|
|Planning Commission||Thursday July 20th||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|National Night Out||Tuesday August 1st||5pm - 9pm||Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Planning Commission||Thursday August 3rd||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Planning Commission||Thursday August 17th||5:30pm - 7pm||Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street|
|Local Makers Market||Saturday September 2nd||11am - 5pm||Skansie Waterfront Park, 3211 Harborview Drive|
What is the Comprehensive Planning Process?
The Comprehensive Plan has several steps that will take place over the course of the two-year planning period. The simplified timeline below is an approximation of the planning schedule, and the City will need public participation throughout the entire process! ￼
Why Do We Need to Plan?
Cities and populations change! The Comprehensive Plan update process is an opportunity to review and revise plans, policies, and strategies to best meet the City's changing needs. The 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) was adopted because the Washington State Legislature found that uncoordinated and unplanned growth posed a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development and the quality of life in Washington.
Rather than centralize planning and decision-making at the state level, the GMA focuses on local control. The GMA establishes state goals, sets deadlines for compliance, offers direction on how to prepare local comprehensive plans and regulations and sets forth requirements for early and continuous public participation. Within the framework provided by the mandates of the Act, local governments have many choices regarding the specific content of comprehensive plans and implementing development regulations.
The Growth Management Hearings Board hears and determines allegations that a government agency has not complied with the GMA or the related Shoreline Management Act (SMA, Chapter 90.58 RCW). A 1991 law amended the GMA to create three regional boards, but a 2010 law consolidated them into one. SMA jurisdiction was added in 1996. The board's administrative rules of practice and procedure are found in the Washington Administrative Code (Title 242-02 WAC). Hearings Board members are appointed by the governor to staggered three-year terms (Environmental & Land Use Hearings Office, 2017).
Planning for Growth
The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires each city and county to periodically review and revise (as necessary) its comprehensive plan and development regulations every ten years. Gig Harbor must plan for our share of Pierce County's growth targets for housing and employment:
|2020 Baseline||2020-2044 Projected Growth||2044 Target|
|12,029 residents||2,200 residents||14,229 residents|
|5,642 housing units||1,000 housing units||6,642 housing units|
|12,855 jobs||2,747 jobs||15,602 jobs|
These housing and employment targets are generated by counties based on growth data including forecasts for transportation, population, jobs, housing, and more from the Puget Sound Regional Council. PSRC is comprised of more than 100 entities including King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. The PSRC region has 4 million residents and is predicted to grow to 5.8 million by 2050.
Puget Sound Regional Council Vision 2050
Pierce County Guiding Documents
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Attend a public meeting!
The schedule and agendas for City Council and Planning Commission can be found here Version Options 2044 Comprehensive Plan Update The Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan ElementsHow Can I Participate?Why Do We Need to Plan?Planning for GrowthHeadlineGet Involved!.
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