Property taxes and growing pains

Opinion: Marianne Lincoln, Editor Growing pains? Prosperity attracts people. People create need for more housing. More housing creates a need for more roads, buses, fire protection, policing, parks, libraries, sewer extensions, and more. The people that say, “If you build they will come,” are completely missing the boat. Frederickson was barely a few houses surrounded…

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…

Rent Control Debate at PLU Oct. 1

Pacific Lutheran University’s 2019 Ruth Anderson Public Debate: Should Tacoma Institute Rent Control? TACOMA, Wash—Rents are rising in Tacoma and surrounding areas, becoming increasingly unaffordable for vulnerable populations and the middle class. Pacific Lutheran University’s Ruth Anderson Public Debate will examine the growing cost of housing in Tacoma and whether a policy for rent control…

Hearings Examiner on Brookdale Golf Course

This link is the report from the Pierce County Hearings Examiner on the development at the Brookdale Golf Course. It is a PDF file. Brookdale PDD Hearings Examiner 2 21 2019

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…

Major County Rezoning Proposal

The area Pierce County identified 2 years ago as “The City of Pierce” is now being slated for a zoning density increase in the area from Pacific Avenue on the West to Meridian on the East and 112th Street to 176th Street. This will affect all people the own single family homes and property! Request:…

Volunteers, donations needed for the Point-In-Time Count

Every day in Pierce County, hundreds of people sleep in cars, shelters, or on the streets. They are someone’s mom, dad, child, or friend. Do you ever wonder how they lost everything and became homeless? Or how many more people are in a similar situation? We answer these questions every year with the Point-In-Time Count….

Community leaders stress quality of life to County Executive

On May 26, 4 community leaders from Midland, Frederickson, Waller and Spanaway met with County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Dennis Hanberg, Director of Planning and Land Services (PALS) and Public Works. The message was simple, our quality of life matters, we need roads and other infrastructure if you build out the Centers and Corridors project,…

Bethel SD seeks sustained funding and support for homeless youth program

Since 2005, the Bethel School District has partnered with local agencies – most recently Associated Ministries – to run a boys’ home and a girls’ home for students experiencing homelessness. Providing a safe place to live allows these students to work, study and complete their education. Many of our youth have graduated from high school, attended…