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…

YIKES BIKES! STP July 13-14

The annual Seattle to Portland Event is cycling through Pierce County July 13 -14, 2019. Spanaway Middle School is a busy stop along the way with porta-potties, snacks, repairs, water, sun lotion and other useful tools for the visitors passing through. Families of the cyclists in cars and trucks, also stop in to check on…

Important Zoning Updates

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission will consider proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans at public meetings over the next few months. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the…

Fireworks rules in unincorporated areas

The 4th of July is approaching. Tribal Fireworks booths are already selling fireworks.  Illegal fireworks are subject to confiscation and possible  criminal charges. State licensed sales of legal fireworks will begin on June 28. It’s a good time to review what the laws are concerning your decision to light that first tempting firecracker. Here is…

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…

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…

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…

Help the POST deliver your local news and get a tax deduction

Dear Pierce Prairie Post Reader,   Before you count down the final seconds of 2012, you should know that we are counting on you. When you read an article, it helps our statistics and helps us to convince advertisers to invest in our publication. Since we are also non-profit, if you like having a local…

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council , Dec. 19

The Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from  3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. The location is new; it will be held at the Tacoma Mall Plaza Building, 2702 South 42nd Street, Suite 201, Tacoma, WA 98409-7322. This is the year-end meeting. Folks highly interested in the Chamber Creek…

“Your Public Schools in Action” tour – Franklin Pierce School District, part 1

By Marianne Lincoln Introduction to FPSD 2012 The room was crowded, that was the first clue that this tour was going to be worthwhile. On hand were three college presidents, several elected officials, a few candidates, public administrators from the Washington Association of School Administrators and Washington State School Director’s Association, PTA representatives, members of…

WHS students place in national essay contest

Two Washington High students recently placed in a national essay contest of the American Veterans.  Kayla Abler, 9th grade, and Mi Kyeong Jung, 12th grade, were recently honored for having nationally recognized essays in the annual Americanism essay contest of the American Veterans (AMVET). Abler won an all expense paid trip to Philadelphia and Valley Forge…