Creating a flood resilient Pierce County is the focus of the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD). The FCZD Board focuses on funding projects identified as top priorities for the community. To be considered in the district’s capital budget, projects must be included within the district’s Comprehensive Plan of Development (CPOD) and have received an initial project ranking number. When the CPOD was created in 2013, preliminary prioritization of capital projects was carried out by scoring the projects based on eight criteria.
Each year the district administrator prepares draft capital budget scenarios that follow the policy direction given by the Board of Supervisors. The administrator relies on CPOD project rankings and applies four additional criteria to recommend projects for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The criteria include:
Ability to leverage other funds
Readiness for construction
Avoidance of ongoing maintenance costs or repairs
Capital Improvement programs typically cover a six (6) year time frame and are revised and adopted annually. Adjustments to the CIP and to the projects can occur for many reasons, such as a change in organizational priorities; complications with permitting; complex design issues; project savings; loss of funding; or unforeseen complications during construction.
Who We Are & What We Do
The Pierce County Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) is a special purpose district, created by the Pierce County Council in 2012. The district is governed by a Board of Supervisors and an Executive Committee. The Board of Supervisors meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of January, April, July, and October and the Executive Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month. They authorize plans, budgets, project funding, and program and policy guidance. All meetings are open to the public.
Members of the Pierce County Council serve as the Board of Supervisors for the district. In 2018 they included: Rick Talbert—Chair, Dan Roach—Vice Chair, Derek Young—Third Member of Executive Committee, Connie Ladenburg, Jim McCune, Doug Richardson, and Pam Roach.
Due to term limits, 2018 is the final year of service on the County Council and District Board for Supervisors Rick Talbert and Dan Roach. In 2018 the Executive Committee members included Rick Talbert, Chair; Dan Roach, Vice Chair, and Derek Young. Supervisor Rick Talbert served on the Executive Committee since the District was formed in 2012. He served as Vice Chair from 2012-2015 and became Chair in 2016. Supervisor Dan Roach served on the Executive Committee from 2015-2018. He became Vice Chair in 2017. Supervisor Derek Young joined the Executive Committee in 2017.
Under Chair Talbert’s leadership the District was established and over $48 million has been allocated for flood risk management throughout Pierce County. On the ground accomplishments included completion of flood risk management capital projects such as the Tacoma Wastewater Treatment Plant Flood Wall which received a National Public Works Association award; funding was provided for the annual operation and maintenance of the levee system by Pierce County; an Opportunity Fund grant program was established to provide District funds to local jurisdictions; a Comprehensive Plan of Development was adopted to guide District investments, and the District achieved clean financial audits from the state.
Vice Chair Roach put his emphasis on project implementation and getting the most bang for the buck. His efforts have focused on accountability and ensuring that communities are benefiting from District projects and programs. Under his watch the Calistoga Levee in Orting was completed and performed its role of protecting the community.
Supervisor Young has led initiatives since he joined the Executive Committee to increase the District’s transparency and public access as well as tireless advocacy for equitable benefits county-wide from District investments.
The Executive Committee initiated policies to set a high standard of providing meeting information to the public well in advance of action by the Board; established a fund balance policy, and created a Strategic Reserve Fund to allow the District to respond to emerging needs.
The county council also created an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Board on capital projects. Their meeting dates are posted on the Flood Control Zone District website: www.piercefloodcontrol.org. Their meetings are also open to the public.