Long Range Planning


Long range planning is a method of planning used to develop land-use policies that guide growth and development within a community. The comprehensive plan is a main driver of this division in the planning department. The comprehensive plan combines numerous elements such as the natural environment, to land use, to traffic into one document organizing and providing clear direction on how the city intends on reacting to external forces over time. Additional functions of long-range planning include but are not limited to annexation, historic preservation, and collaborating with boards and commissions.

Long Range Zoning Snip

Active Transportation

Active transportation is an umbrella for all movement that is generated by human propulsion. The city has sponsored several plans that aim to increase pedestrian mobility throughout the city. 


Annexation by cities or towns is a legislative action whereby a city or town adds territory beyond its existing city limits. While individual property owners may initiate some annexations, whether to annex territory is ultimately at the discretion of the city or town council. The methods of annexation are set forth in state law.

If you would like to learn more about the process of annexation in Washington, please visit "Annexation in Washington State" produced by the Municipal Research Services Center. 

Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission

The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding amendments to the Puyallup Comprehensive Plan, amendments to land use regulations in the Puyallup Municipal Code, and the assignment of zoning for proposed annexations. The Planning Commission is comprised of 7 residents of Puyallup. The members are appointed by the City Council and serve 4-year terms, with a maximum of 2 full consecutive terms. Current members of the Planning Commission are:    

The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is a decision-making body that reviews and renders decisions on qualifying applications submitted to the city. The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is comprised of 7 members. The members are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms. The Board currently meets as required in response to development applications. The current members of the Design Review and Historic Preservation Board are:

Mentioned above, the Comprehensive Plan is a long-term vison for managing the built and natural environment in the City of Puyallup. Regulated by the Growth Management Act and operating under the Washington State Department of Commerce, the state legislature requires local governments to include policies that address land use, housing, environment, capital facilities, utilities, and transportation.  

     To learn more about Puyallup 2044, our ongoing periodic update to the comprehensive plan, view our project page here!

Historic Preservation 

The City of Puyallup is a uniquely historic and modern city, blending the presence of multinational companies seen in the South Hill neighborhood and local family-owned businesses in our downtown core. The robust health of each is an undeniable asset the city has to maintain. As we continue to grow and adapt to ever changing climate, social, and market conditions we strive to honor and preserve the heritage of this once agrarian community.

Downtown Planned Action EIS

In 2018, the City adopted a Planned Action EIS for our Downtown Regional Growth Center. This allows projects that qualify as a planned action to use the City’s completed environmental analysis to determine mitigation of a project up-front. Please see the project page for more information about the planned action area, qualifying projects, and identified mitigation measures.