Council approves emergency ordinances related to COVID-19 Measures provide economic relief to residents and small businesses

PIERCE COUNTY –  The Council passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-43 to declare an emergency and establish a loan program for small businesses.  Under certain qualifying circumstances, businesses may apply for zero-interest, twelve-month loans at $2,000 per employee, with a total amount per employer not to exceed $10,000. The loan fund will be administered by the Pierce…

Planning Commission makes final recommendations on updates to four community plans

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission made its final recommendations on updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans March 10 and 12. 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 community, and…

Planning Commission February 25

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING PIERCE COUNTY — Date/Time: February 25, 2020 at 9:30 am Place: Pierce County Annex, Public Hearing Rm.-2401 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA At their regular meeting, the Planning Commission will review and discuss preliminary findings of the housing market study that provides a realistic estimate of additional housing growth related to the Centers and…

Pierce County hosts job fair and career guidance event, Feb. 28

Looking for a new job or career change? Job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with hiring county departments and partnering organizations Friday, Feb. 28. Pierce County’s Job Fair & Career Guidance event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S. in Tacoma. Whether hoping to…

BRT Update (Route #1 Pierce Transit)

Dear Community Member, Pierce Transit Bus Rapid Transit Project Update Pierce Transit continues to move forward with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, and we want to connect with you to share the latest technical update. What is Pierce Transit BRT? Pierce Transit BRT is a new transportation option we are planning that will provide…

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…

Planning Commission reviews C&C

The Pierce County Planning Commission, a body of appointed citizens, is reviewing the Centers and Corridors Comprehensive Plan Changes the County Planning and Land Services has been proposing for the area from 112th Street to 176th Street and Meridian to Pacific Avenue. This is one of several steps through to approval or denial by the…

WRITE to your County Council

3 p.m. in the afternoon on Tuesdays is the regular meeting time of the Pierce County Council. Most of us at working at that time of day or are stuck in traffic and cannot be in downtown Tacoma a the Council Office even when we seriously want to complain about an action they are taking….

50% Growth in 25 years – PSM Plan

[Editor Note: Contrast this with the County information about Frederickson, you can clearly see their bias toward growing Frederickson. Frederickson tripled (300%) P-S-M is noted to have grown 50% in that same timeframe. The Census of 2020 will tell us more soon.] From the Pierce County Planning page for the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Plan PIERCE COUNTY —…

Planning Commission meetings on community plan updates

The Pierce County Planning Commission has scheduled eight additional meetings on the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plan updates in early 2020. The commission is scheduled to make its final recommendations on the updates in March. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as…

Central Pierce F&R Public Meeting Feb. 3

CENTRAL PIERCE FIRE AND RESCUE — A Special Board Meeting/Public Hearing on the proposed Capital Facility Plan has been scheduled for February 3rd, 5:00 p.m., at District Headquarters, 17520 22nd Avenue East, Tacoma, WA 98445. Additional information can be found at this link to their webpage. At this public hearing the Board of Commissioners will…