Vision for Gig Harbor’s future begins with open house

Event focuses on Gig Harbor 2030, an update to the city’s comprehensive plan to adapt to new state requirements

Staff writerMay 7, 2014 

Correction to print. The open house is on May 15, not May 7 as previously stated.

The Gig Harbor Planning Department is gearing up for a yearlong effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan.

An open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15 at the Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.

The state requires that city’s have periodic updates to comprehensive plans, according to the Growth Management Act. The update will be to reflect changes at the state level.

The open house will be one element of a long process to update the document.

“We’ll be holding public hearings throughout the project as we take it through the Planning Commission’s review,” senior planner Lindsey Sehmel said.

The work on the plan will wrap up in June 2015. The open house will be a time to look at historical data, hear about the new requirements, and talk with city staff and planning commission members, Sehmel said.

“There are not major changes required to meet state law,” she said.

The Growth Management Act sets population growth goals for cities. Gig Harbor sits at about 7,670 people, according to 2013 numbers from the state’s Office of Financial Management. The projected goal for Gig Harbor is to have 10,500 residents by 2030.

The document serves as a 20-year plan, and Sehmel said he is aware the math is not quite adding up to the year 2030 because of the economic downtown. In 2011, the Legislature gave cities extra time to revamp the plans.

The open house is the first of several opportunities to interact with staff and commission members. People can sign up for email lists to keep updated on the project.

The planning department also maintains a website with information at gigharborplanning.com.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 karen.miller@gateline.com Twitter: @gateway_karen

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