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…

April 2 – Resource Fair

A Community Resource Fair will be held at WorkSource April 2, 2019, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at WorkSource Pierce, 2121 South State Street, Suite 300. Tacoma. They will be hosting this fair the first Tuesday of every month.

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…

Matching grants help preserve Pierce County landmarks

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2020 Preservation Matching Grant Program. These grants assist in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. The program’s goal is to distribute small, yet meaningful, matching grants to help promote historic preservation throughout the county. Grant requests can be made for two…

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 25

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 25, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal and state-approved herbicides are used. Pierce…

Take a Sneak Peek into Pierce County Parks Summer Camps

PIERCE COUNTY — Come and join Pierce County Parks and Recreation for the Summer Camp Preview Fair on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma, WA, 98444. At this preview event, meet camp instructors, enjoy some great giveaways, interact at one of the activity…

Poorman’s stables being developed

The Parkland Spanaway Midland Land Use Advisory Commission meeting on March 6, 2019 at the Parkland Fire Station will review the development of the former horse farm known as Poorman’s Stables. Here is the announcement. PARKLAND-SPANAWAY-MIDLAND ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA March 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Central Pierce Fire Station 61, 100-114th St. S, Tacoma,…

Centers and Corridors – building density

Pierce County’s middle county urban zoning proposal was initially called City of Pierce. When that rattled every community association in the area, they changed the name to Centers and Corridors. What hasn’t changed is the densities of development it is bringing with it. In addition to the density, there are other issues being created by…

HB1233 tries to preempt science and experts

Sometimes there is a bill in the legislature that is so egregious that you hope no one is dumb or evil enough to let it leave committee. In the case of HB1233, all the sponsors are from the same party and the opposing party is in charge of the committee. At issues is this line,…

Turn in those ballots, Bethel voters!

There are two ways to spoil and election. One is to fail to get enough yes votes. The other is to fail to “qualify” by getting enough ballots turned in. Every election costs around $75,000 for a school district to even get on the ballot. Add to that the cost of sending out informational materials,…