Public Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of the Month 7:00 pm Mustard Seed Building Key Center
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) began serving the Key Peninsula in 2004 as a 501 c.3 non-profit organization with the mission to maintain and improve the quality of life on the Key Peninsula.
Engaging in activities that support the interests and well-being of the Key Peninsula residents.
Conducting assessments of community needs.
Monitoring the revision and implementation of the Key Peninsula community elements contained in the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan.
Advising and influencing government officials, private enterprises and others in ways to improve the Key Peninsula and meet community needs.
Promoting positive publicity for the Key Peninsula.
History: A brief history of the Key Peninsula Community Council
By Irene Torres, Vaughn resident
“Democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2002, Dennis Taylor, Jeff Harris and Terry Lee started contacting citizens they found to be thoughtful, devoted, caring, concerned, or worried about crime, drugs, and the future of the Key Peninsula. We met with representatives of similar groups that were forming in other neighborhoods, and drew from the best ideas to start our own Community Council. I can’t remember all the names, but a large group (maybe 50) came together at Key Peninsula Middle School and set a mission, then formed sub-committees to develop a structure for the KP Council (KPC). For the next two years, I worked on the Organization/Bylaws. Others worked on transportation/traffic, safety, environment, and other elements that were important to them. Over time, the numbers fluctuated, but the core group pressed forward. In 2004, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State for our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The first election was held and the first Board of Directors was seated. Over the years, KPC has struggled with financial viability while bringing attention to local issues like traffic safety, logging, aquaculture and roundabouts. Now we have funding for the work we do providing School Bus Connects, a public transportation program; the KP Farm Council; the KPAC/LUAC pilot program; the KP Youth Council; KP Partnership for a Healthy Community; and the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition