Central Pierce Proposition 1

You’re calling 911 because you have a medical emergency in your home. You live two blocks from the fire station, but it takes 20 minutes for the paramedics to arrive from a station 5 miles away. What happened? Chances are your local fire crew was tied up at another emergency call. That is happening about…

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…

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…

March 16 -Midland, National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week Our Savior Lutheran Church is bringing National Volunteer Week (NVW) to Midland Elementary & Ford Middle Schools on March 16, 2019. NVW is the biggest day of the year for Faith in Action.  Projects this year include landscaping the campus, painting games on the blacktop, creating classroom fidget-kits for teachers, and installing activity banners in hallways.  There will plenty…

Buckley Mayor joins the chorus

Editorial by Marianne Lincoln At the Pierce County Regional Council meeting on Thursday January 17, 2019, a contingent of community representatives from Frederickson, Midland, North Clover Creek Collins and Spanaway spoke during general public comments (myself included). They highlighted the devastation that massive development has caused in the area, turning pastures to apartment buildings and…

Massive mid-county planning amendment

The below application is going before all LUACs (land use advisory committees), and started this week.    This will affect every one of our communities in the entire UGA (urban growth area).  It appears, the goal is to eradicate all of our individual historic communities altogether as you will see below. Remember the “City of Pierce” proposal…

Poof! – What rural buffer Portland Ave.?

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is considering commercial development and multi-family housing units along Portland Avenue. If you live it he “Rural Separator,” you should find out what is happening to your peaceful neighborhoods. Meeting information:  Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Harvard Elementary in the gym 1709 – 85th St. E., Tacoma 98445 “The…

County plans to change development regulations

EDITORIAL According to several people who are on Land Use Advisory Committees in Pierce County, there are new development regulations that have passed through the Planning Commission and the Hearings Examiner are are slated to be in front of the Pierce County Council for approval and adoption, possibly as early as January 2018. If you look…

Another community legend passes

[Editor note: Jim was so instrumental in so many ventures, but was always careful to remain behind the scenes. I know we all can thank him for the beautiful photographs in the Pierce Prairie Post, but he would never admit to helping us get the beautiful camera we use. Rest peacefully Jim – condolences to…

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,…