Open houses to plan for new growth in central Pierce County communities

PIERCE COUNTY — About 60,000 more people are projected to move to the unincorporated communities of Pierce County between 2010 and 2030, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Pierce County is updating the Community Plans for Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill to plan for this growth. Central Pierce County residents are…

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…

Annexation to a city WITHOUT a vote proposed by local legislators – updated

UPDATE: I attended the hearings and spoke on both HB1683 and HB1681. Apparently the provision to do an interlocal agreement has been in the law for some time. But they are broadening the application. Further discussion with Randy Lewis, Tacoma’s Lobbyist is currently they are focusing on the little areas that are still unincorporated that…

Join, help your community and be happier as a result

South Pierce County has many local organizations from Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis to community associations in the unincorporated areas. These groups are made up of volunteers who care about the people and places around them. They put in countless unpaid hours to make your lives better. If you are feeling low, participating in one of these…

Puget SoundCorps to help restore habitat of wetland preserve

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasive plants and remove trash from Pierce County’s Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland May 4 through 29. Getting rid of these invasive plants and trash will improve the health of the wetland the county has worked to rehabilitate for several years. Pierce County…

Stray goats in Midland

By Frank Blair MIDLAND, WA — We have four cute little goats in our yard. Trouble is we don’t know who’s goats they are. Anyone have an idea?      

Section of Vickery Avenue East to be closed Sept. 15-19

Vickery Avenue East between 128th Street East and 112th Street East will be closed Sept. 15-19 while crews rebuild the roadway. A detour route will be in place, and will direct motorists west along 112th Street East, south along Waller Road East, and east along 128th Street East. Noise levels will be monitored to make sure…

Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council – has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood problems. Midland, a community north of Parkland, received word this week that $375,000 will…

Support Puyallup and Franklin Pierce Schools

A quality educational environment is an essential pillar of a community’s character and quality of life.  Therefore, community support for its schools is critical. The Summit-Waller Community Association Board of Directors on behalf of our community membership encourages all voters to approve both levy propositions before the voters in the Puyallup and Franklin Pierce School…