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…

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….

Public invited to help design Pipeline Trail

PIERCE COUNTY PARKS — Looking for a new adventure in your own backyard? Pierce County Parks is designing a pedestrian and bicycle trail along the Tacoma Water Pipeline No. 4 right of way between 72nd Street East and 94th Avenue East. This trail will provide opportunities for Pierce County residents to enjoy a new place to…

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…

County Proposing to Suspend Centers and Corridors Revisions

PIERCE COUNTY – The Pierce County Council is backing off the Centers and Corridors Proposal. A Special Rules and Operations Committee and final Council hearings on Proposal No. R2020-6 will be held January 21 in committee and January 28 in front of the full Council for a final vote. R2020-6 is a Resolution of the…

How does our economy compare?

Most of the residents in Pierce County, Washington are very aware of the growth rates. National media is telling us we were the fastest growing county in the nation this past year. National media has also labeled Washington State as one of the most, if not the most desirable places to live in the nation….

Planning Commission adds meetings on community plan updates

PIERCE COUNTY — 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 makes its final recommendations on the updates in March. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics…

Oct. 1 County Council 6pm in Summit

In-district Council meeting to focus on community engagement The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 1, at the Mid-County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave. E. in Tacoma. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Marty Campbell, District 5 and will focus on community engagement. Each member of…