County Proposing to Suspend Centers and Corridors Revisions

PIERCE COUNTY – The Pierce County Council is backing off the Centers and Corridors Proposal. A Special Rules and Operations Committee and final Council hearings on Proposal No. R2020-6 will be held January 21 in committee and January 28 in front of the full Council for a final vote. R2020-6 is a Resolution of the…

How does our economy compare?

Most of the residents in Pierce County, Washington are very aware of the growth rates. National media is telling us we were the fastest growing county in the nation this past year. National media has also labeled Washington State as one of the most, if not the most desirable places to live in the nation….

Community Plan Updates Jan. 7 & 9

PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA January 7, 2020, 1:00 p.m. January 9, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Pierce County Annex – Public Hearing Room 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma STUDY SESSION Community Plan Updates January 7, 2020, 1:00 p.m. FOCUS: The Pierce County Planning Commission will review information about a concept that would allow the proposed Centers and Corridors…

Planning Commission adds meetings on community plan updates

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission has scheduled eight additional meetings on the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plan updates in early 2020. The commission is scheduled to makes its final recommendations on the updates in March. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics…

Planning Commission considers huge land use changes in unincorporated areas

Controversial land use changes to the Frederickson, Parkland, Spanaway, Midland,  South Hill and Mid-County (Summit, Waller, North Clover Creek Collins) areas are progressing through the formal process of adoption in Pierce County. These changes involve housing and business uses, but not an accompanying infrastructure plan. Therefore the communities, already overcrowded for urban growth that has…

New Health Center Coming to Bethel Middle School

With three years of funding from Kaiser Permanente, Community Health Care will open a new clinic to serve Spanaway students SPANAWAY – School-based health centers have been associated with improved educational outcomes including better attendance and higher grades as well as decreased emergency department use and hospital admissions. Now, Spanaway’s Bethel Middle School will get…

Community Planning Changes

The Land Use Advisory Commissions for Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill will consider proposed updates to each area’s community plan at public meetings in May and June. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the community, and…

Sewer lines – Another problem for Elk Plain Crossing

In the Land Use Advisory Committee hearing for Elk Plain Crossing, Rob Jenkins of Planning and Land Service just barely touched on the issue of where they will get sewer lines. You see, Health Department regulations require 14,500 sq. ft. lots to have septic tanks, so these tightly packed houses will require sewer access. Briefly…

Deadly Road? Let’s add more houses.

[Editorial – Marianne Lincoln 4-10-2019] Graham, WA — Last night I gave testimony about the Elk Plain Crossing development at 224th & the Mountain Highway. This location is the former Elk Plain County Road Shop. The site is zoned Mixed Use (MUD) and the purchasers want to change it to housing. Not housing like the…

April 13 Hearing on new zoning

PIERCE COUNTY, WA – Pierce County residents are invited to learn about and provide feedback on proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill Community Plans at an April 13 open house. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will be handled. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look…

REZONED! April 13 – Data display

Residents across Spanaway, Frederickson, Parkland, Midland, and South Hill received letters around March 30, noting their home properties have been rezoned from Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) to Neighborhood Corridor (NCor). This zoning is set in the County plan called Centers and Corridors. The new zoning is a done deal according to local real estate…

Elk Plain Crossing Hearing – April 9, 2019

The development of the former county road shop in Elk Plain is having a public hearing at the Graham Advisory meeting on April 9, 2019. Please come out and provide your input to this large housing development across from the Fred Meyer in Elk Plain. Here is the 23 page document on the development. Elk…