Council Overview

Council Goals & Priorities

At the end of 2015, The council established a work program with the following priorities for 2016:STRATEGIC-GOALS
  • Continue funding core TRPC programs and services such as population and employment forecasts, data management, and coordination of the regional council and it’s advisory committees
  • Promote the goals and activities developed during the Sustainable Thurston planning process
  • Continue to promote and participate in programs focused on maintenance and preservation of the region’s existing transportation infrastructure
  • Advance multi-modal transportation systems, including trip reductions 
  • Strengthen efforts with organizations such as the Economic Development Council to promote economic opportunities throughout the region
  • Support the concept of “Zero Net Loss” by encouraging development in urban centers while preserving open space and promoting agriculture in rural areas
  • Ensure future water quality and quantity through pursuit of studies and programs that promote stewardship of the region’s limited water resources
  • Establish a grant-writing consortium to increase the region’s ability to seek and compete for project funds

Legislative Priorities

Each year, the council gives careful consideration and prioritization of the regional issues requiring attention by the state legislature. Regional decision-makers request policy solutions and changes to state laws and rules that allow more efficient use of existing resources. The region also requests funding solutions with the state funding its share and providing local options to help the local jurisdictions do their part. Read our current legislative priorities (PDF).

Commitment to Inclusion

The council is also committed to working together with all members of the region to plan for a vibrant, livable community. Including everyone in planning processes is an important part of this commitment. Learn about our commitment to Inclusion Policies by visiting our Policies page.

TRPC Historical Highlights

Since 1967, TRPC has served local governments and the community, performing a variety of planning functions. As the community has evolved, so have the projects and planning activities of TRPC. The following are some historical highlights by decade:

Late 1960s

  • Regional urban planning and rural water and sewer studies
  • Regional comprehensive planning
  • Joint school / park site acquisition program


  • First regional transportation plans
  • Law and justice planning
  • Regional shoreline master program
  • Overall economic development plan
  • Coordination of stormwater planning


  • Urban growth management
  • First edition of The Profile (1982)
  • Energy conservation planning
  • Coordination of shoreline planning


  • Coordination of jurisdictional Growth Management Act implementation
  • Industrial lands inventory
  • Compilation of school district data
  • Benchmarks and indicators to track growth management
  • Report on financing region-wide transportation infrastructure
  • Wetlands mapping


  • Report on Buildable Lands with analysis of development densities and land supply
  • Evaluation of developments on streams and wetlands
  • Study on rate of urbanization and forest harvest
  • Participation in regional efforts to complete the Chehalis Western Trail
  • Study of the relationships between the visions established in jurisdictional comprehensive plans and how the region is growing and developing
  • Rural and tribal transportation program with fixed and variable bus route service
  • Update of the Regional Trails Plan
  • Update of Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
  • Update of the Shoreline Master Program for Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia


  • Development of the Sustainable Thurston Plan
  • Implementation of Smart Corridors program
  • Continued operations of the Rural and Tribal transportation program
  • Watershed level land use planning
  • Continued focus on Urban Corridors implementation
  • Medic 1 EMS system analysis
  • Local food systems development and education
  • JBLM / I-5 Congestion relief action plan
  • Climate Adaptation plan

Planning Services

Historically, TRPC has also provided contractual planning services to its members. Early records reveal the council founders envisioned a cooperative effort that would provide members access to a staff with broad, regional expertise. They understood such expertise would be a valuable asset and the means to deliver a variety of planning services to their jurisdictions and organizations. This concerted effort resulted in a staff who has provided a range of both current and advance planning services to member jurisdictions for more than 40 years.


The council’s by-laws (PDF) define how the council will operate, its structure and assessment methodology.

The Transportation Policy Board also has by-laws (PDF) which define how they will operate.