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City of Puyallup

2015 Comprehensive Plan Update

"Engaging Our Future"

The Comprehensive Plan sets the vision for the future and determines what the city will be like 20 years from now. The Planning Department has been working on an update to the City's Comprehensive Plan since June 2013, to update the policies that establish the long-term vision for the City's future.


The Puyallup City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, to consider the first reading of an ordinance adopting the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update.

The public hearing was held on the following; a follow-up presentation and consideration of first reading of an ordinance is anticipated for the October 27th Council meeting:

· A complete updated Comprehensive Plan document:

  • Update of nine existing Elements (Foundations, Natural Environment, Land Use, Housing, Community Character, Transportation, Utilities, Capital Facilities, and Downtown Neighborhood Plan);

  • Addition of one new Element (Economic Development);

  • Removal of one Element (West Hills Neighborhood Plan); and

  • Note: Two recently updated Elements (Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan, 2014 and River Road Corridor Plan, 2011) are included in the final document but remain unchanged.

· Associated land use and zoning map amendments:

  • Redesignation of all West Hills Neighborhood Plan (WHNP) parcels to Low Density Residential (LDR) land use (existing zoning of Low Urban Density Single Family Residential (RS-10) remains the same); and

  • Removal of land use overlay designations, including Agricultural, Open Space, Open Space/Ag, and Village Node Overlays.

· Two privately-initiated Comprehensive Plan Map Amendments (view applications online here):

  • P-14-0077 – Puyallup School District (501 7th St SW),

  • P-14-0081 – Abbey Road Group/Cascade Christian Schools (903 25th St SE).

Please be aware that a component of the Comprehensive Plan, the South Hill Neighborhood Plan (including text, map, and code amendments) is still undergoing Planning Commission review; therefore, it was not part of Council’s September 22nd consideration. Staff’s intent is for Council to review the South Hill Neighborhood Plan package on another date in the near future.


· Online: www.cityofpuyallup.org/engagingourfuture

· In person at the following locations:

  • City Hall (2nd and 4th Floor Customer Service Counters): 333 South Meridian
  • Puyallup Public Library: 324 South Meridian
  • Activity Center: 210 West Pioneer
  •  Rec Center: 808 Valley Ave NW
  •  Corporate Yards: 1100 39th Ave SE

For more information: Contact Katie Baker at 253-435-3604, Kendall Wals at 253-841-5462, or OurFuture@ci.puyallup.wa.us.

For 2015, these are the specific elements of the Comprehensive Plan  that will be updated:

Foundations - the vision and goals set for the city.

Environment - guiding future development in the protection of citizens from natural hazards, and protection of the community's environmental resources.

Land Use - to guide future land use of both public and private property in the urban growth area.

Housing - provide a framework within which housing is provided to existing and new residents of the community.

Community Character - provides design concepts and policies which will direct future development in a way that reinforces and preserves the character and feel of Puyallup. Has strong ties to the Land Use Element and the Environment Element.

Transportation - guides improvement and expansion of the transportation system to meet the demands of future growth to the year 2020.

Utilities - ensures that utility service provided by both public and private purveyors will be supported by the comprehensive plan, and will support growth and development anticipated during the planning period.

Capital Facilities - provides an inventory, capacities, and projects future needs of capital facilities; establishes a six-year plan to finance such facilities.

Downtown Neighborhood Plan - a neighborhood plan providing direction for the future improvement of the historic commercial core of the community.


Please direct questions to Katie Baker, Senior Planner, at (253) 435-3604, or e-mail questions to OurFuture@ci.puyallup.wa.us