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City Of Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan Receives Full Certification

Gig Harbor, Wash.; May 23, 2017 – On April 27th, the City of Gig Harbor received full approval of its Comprehensive Plan from the Puget Sound Regional Council, a regional planning agency with responsibilities under federal and state law for transportation planning, economic development and growth management.

The Gig Harbor City Council had passed a resolution documenting the City’s actions that support the policies of the PSRC on March 27th, 2017. These actions include upcoming Comprehensive Plan amendments to the Transportation Element, the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, and updates relating to the Pierce County Small Cities Growth Reallocation work.

The Gig Harbor Comprehensive plan also supports and implements VISION 2040 and its Regional Growth Strategy. The Executive Director of the PSRC, Josh Brown, thanked the City for continuing to work cooperatively with the PSRC to address the issues the region faces regarding managing growth.

“The City of Gig Harbor Planning Department continues to work diligently to address issues surrounding growth management the Gig Harbor region will continue to face,” says City of Gig Harbor Mayor Jill Guernsey. “They worked tirelessly with PSRC to obtain full certification of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, and that is something to be proud of.”

The city comprehensive plan is a requirement of the Growth Management Act. Each city within Pierce County must review and update their comprehensive plan and development regulations by a prescribed year and every seven years thereafter to ensure consistency with the Act. As part of the plan, the City of Gig Harbor is required to identify fourteen planning goals which are intended to serve as guides to the development and adoption of comprehensive plans. These goals address urban growth, sprawl reduction, transportation, housing, economic development, property rights, permits, natural resource industries, open space and recreation, environment, citizen participation, public facilities and services, and historic preservation. In addition to these policy areas, the city chose to include additional, non-mandatory elements including community design, environment, economic development, parks and recreation and the Harbor Element.

For additional information about the City of Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan visit http://www.cityofgigharbor.net/active-planning-projects/.

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