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…

Changes to Washington state’s election laws are now in effect

PIERCE COUNTY AUDITOR —  As of July 1, 2019, new conveniences and increased accessibility to voting in Washington are now law. The State Legislature passed a number of bills during the 2018 and 2019 sessions that changed significant dates and deadlines for registration and voting. Those changes include: Pre-paid postage: Every ballot will now come…

Road Work near LaGrande – SR7 closures

State Route 7 slope stabilization work begins in July Travelers will see daytime closures of SR 7 near La Grande EATONVILLE – Travelers heading to Alder Lake and Mount Rainier National Park on State Route 7 this summer and fall will want to plan extra travel time into their adventures. As early as July 15,…

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.

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,…

Sierra Pacific – 208th Street – Wetland

[Guest column on the Army Corps “decision” 2014 Sierra Pacific site on 208th St. in Spanaway] Letter To: Dennis Hanberg; Scott Sissons; Bruce Dammeier: I have contacted the USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) staff personnel now in charge of this area and am waiting for them to call back.  Meantime, I am proceeding…

Citizens – Arm Yourself

The best citizens in a democracy are those who know what is happening around them. Here are links to legislation that is proposed and actions being taken… Pierce County Council Washington Legislature Congress    

Conway: Working families will benefit from new paid family leave law

OLYMPIA – After months of tense negotiations, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation establishing a new statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program late Friday night. Senate Bill 5975 creates a paid family and medical leave insurance program that is funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees, and allows employer voluntary plans….

Next Lake Kapowsin Cleanup July 15

Hello All: We had a great work party last Saturday (5/20/17) at Lake Kapowsin boat launch with a total of 19 volunteers.  Thanks to all that helped!!   Fish and Wildlife access managers Derek Hacker and John Evans also came and worked on the parking area green spaces to increase visibility for security. We cleared about 740…

Growth – Is it managed in Pierce County?

Back in the early 1990’s the Washington State legislature passed the Growth Management Act. Since that time in Pierce County lot sizes have grown much smaller, there is more traffic congestion in unincorporated areas and now there are restrictions on who can get a well put on their property in rural areas. Did ‘we’ preserve our…

Well water? HB1382 might affect you

House Bill 1382 is a response to the Hirst Decision from the Washington State Supreme Court last year. That decision made new rules for tapping underground water for property owners in Washington State, effectively slowing development in rural areas by controlling whether or not a well could be drilled based on a required professional assessment…

WA Unemployment claim filing issues continue

WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT SECURITY — FYI: We posted the following alert to our website today. For context, we generally serve an average of 60,000 claimants each week. UI system stabilizing, phone volume still high, sign-on system still facing some issues  Alert: Updated 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 ESD’s unemployment benefit claims centers have received more…