The Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Community is one of four being gutted and redesigned by the county planners with their cadre of business owners and real estate advisors whom they have surveyed for ideas. Instead of the product of our community board from 1997, the county has changed much of the visioning of what it would take to make our community a better place to live and focuses on density to make mass transit more viable.
These are the outtakes. This information used to be in the plan but was removed. Please read to see if you think this should be missing from a community plan.
Exhibit A to Ordinance No. 2020-96s2
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PURPOSE OF THE COMMUNITY PLAN
The Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan gives the residents, businesses, property owners, and the County a clearer, more detailed sense of how the communities want to develop in the future and what standards could be utilized to create and maintain the look and feel identified in the communities plan. The Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan will accomplish the following:
• Develop an area-wide vision for the entire Parkland-Spanaway-Midland region of Pierce County;
• Retain policies and actions from the 1980 communities plan that remain relevant today; • Develop additional policies and actions that reflect the needs, concerns, and desires of the region and communities today;
• Refine the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan to more closely reflect the desires of the communities while making sure that what the communities desired would still fit well with the big picture for all of Pierce County in terms of countywide policies; and
• Identify actions necessary to implement the communities plan, including: adopting or revising land use regulations; identifying priorities for use of public funds to develop physical improvements, such as sidewalks, street landscaping, street lights, water-related improvements, and park development; social programs; economic programs, etc.
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This vision statement describes a common understanding of character and appearance of the community that we desire to establish using the policies, regulations and standards contained in the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan. This statement should be used to determine intent and to provide context when interpreting the provisions of the plan.
We envision a community where:
• Commercial and residential areas are visually pleasing and reflect compatible land use.
• Traffic flows smoothly and safely.
• Streetside landscaping is prevalent and complimentary to adjacent properties.
• Children can safely walk to school.
• Building and street design helps create quality neighborhoods.
• The local government responds to common concerns and values of the citizens.
• Enough parks and playgrounds to meet our needs.
• Public and privately owned active and passive recreation facilities are available for all ages.
• Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged and accommodated.
• Public access and use of publicly owned waterfront on Spanaway Lake is managed for maximum public benefit.
• Natural areas enhance the quality of life by providing visual relief, noise reduction, wildlife habitat, separation of incompatible land uses, and flood control.
• A variety of housing is available to serve different income levels.
• Public and private development and investment efforts are coordinated to provide employment opportunities within the community.
[Due to an unplanned Internet outage, the final vote on this plan was moved to 1:30 p.m. on October 29, 2020. You can watch on Pierce County TV, by Zoom or call in. Testimony is by phone, email or zoom. Here is a link to connect to the meeting.]