Wetlands and Pierce County – can they coexist?

By Marianne Lincoln Two developments currently in process are raising the eyebrows of planning and development watchers in the county. These are called Ally Brook and Phoebe’s Meadows. In Phoebes Meadows, the developer actually didn’t want to build as many houses (4) as PALS (Planning and Land Services) demanded he put on the parcel (10)….

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…

April 12 – Parkland Community

LEARN about the rich history of Parkland and the ongoing urbanization of our communities. Find out how to effectively ADVOCATE for the needs of our neighborhoods. ENGAGE with other committed volunteers and leadership in and around Parkland. When: Wednesday. April 12, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Mayfair/138thE/Brookdale Safe Streets Community Meeting Agenda: *Safe Streets Campaign…

FP Teacher Honored Nationally

Franklin Pierce Teacher Honored as Northwest District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year RESTON, VA, March 8, 2017 — Roy, WA, resident Kim Jackson of Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma will be honored as the Northwest District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health…

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…

Mardi Gras events at Trinity Lutheran

From Diane M. Crews Mardi Gras Singles Party The Galatian Generation-Singles, at Trinity Lutheran Church,  12215 Park Avenue South,  Parkland, Washington will be having a  Mardi Gras Party February 28. Attendees are asked to bring snacks and beverages. The church will be showing the movie Rio, The event begins at 6 p.m. and will run to about…

Tempers could flare over RTA tax on vehicle tabs

Have you gotten your statement in the mail for you vehicle registration. Brace yourself if you live in the Regional Transit Area. If you voted on the RTA tax for those trains and light rail in King County and that extension from Lakewood to Dupont, you are impacted. I live outside the RTA and my truck registration…

Feb. 10 – Icelandic Soprano Singer Gudrun Ingimars

Come see this award winning Soprano, direct from Iceland, for her only public West Coast performance! Admission is “pay as you can” and the concert is sponsored by the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle. February 10, 2017, 8 PM – 9:30 PM Lagerquist Concert Hall 868 Wheeler St S, Parkland, Washington 98444    

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…

Danger, thin ice

By Marianne Lincoln On my short tour of Spanaway Lake this morning, there was fog, rain, thinning ice, ducks out of water and a very quiet park. Large cracks were very visible and the park posted a very large warning sign to stay off the ice. Neighbors had been posting photos on social media of people…

August 15 is the Garfield Street Fair in Parkland

PARKLAND, WA — Saturday – August 15, 2015 will be the Garfield Street Fair in Parkland, WA . The event is held in front of the old Harstad Hall on the upper Pacific Lutheran University Campus. Starting at 10:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm, the event will have food, crafts, gifts, local businesses, non-profit agencies,…