Pierce County Planning Commission, is it rigged?

By Marianne Lincoln On Tuesday, April 6, the Republican Councilmembers on the County Council, joined by Councilman Campbell, voted to place a leader of the Master Builders on the Pierce County Planning Commission. I requested information from the County Executive’s office regarding other people who had applied for the position. No information was provided, in…

Application period now open for rent/utility assistance in Pierce County

Pierce County has resources available for people who need eviction resolution services and rental assistance. This is money awarded from the last Congressional bill for COVID relief. Housing Justice Project for free eviction resolution services. Additional services and resources are available here. Please read the FAQs below before applying. This project is being supported in part by federal…

Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021 Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed…

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….