Pierce County

Evaluation of Pierce County Rural Separator Area

BERK conducted fiscal analysis of Pierce County’s Rural Separator Zone, a zoning designation intended to preserve low-density rural development patterns. The analysis began as an effort to understand the scale of tax revenues and service costs generated within the zone and how these might change under alternative land use scenarios. However, it became apparent that the questions surrounding this area could not be evaluated in isolation from the rest of the county.

BERK developed an analytic framework that allowed for a deeper understanding of the geographic distribution of county revenues and costs throughout the county according to the County’s three lines of business: regional services, local services, and contract services. Using this foundational knowledge, we evaluated the fiscal implications of alternative land use and development scenarios within the Rural Separator Zone.