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AGENDA

PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER

Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018

 

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.:

Project: Administrative Appeal: Radu

Application: 894537

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=894537

Appellants: Ilie and Marioara Radu

Staff Contact: Stephen Mauer, Stephen.mauer@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Appeal of a Final Notice and Order to Correct and Notice of Violation and Abatement, dated October 11, 2018, by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in the Frederickson Community Plan area and Urban Residential Resource (RSR) zone classification, located at 4808 Military Rd. E., Tacoma, WA, Parcel #0319251078, in Council District #3.

 

HEARING TIME: 10:00 A.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:

Project: Wetland Variance: Chumov

Application: 895251

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=895251

Applicant: Galina Chumov

Biologist: Niki Yonkow, niki.yonkow@piercecountywa.gov

Request: The applicant is requesting a variance to reduce the required 150-ft. buffer of Spanaway Creek, a Type F1 critical fish bearing stream, to zero. Applicant is also requesting the associated wetland buffer reduced to zero. The site is in the Residential Resource (RR) zone classification and Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Community Plan area, located at 1021 Military Rd. S., Spanaway, WA, in Council District #6.

 

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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AGENDA

PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER

Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

 

THERE ARE NO HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018

 

Happy Thanksgiving!





AGENDA

PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER

Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018

 

HEARING TIME: 1:00 P.M.:

Project: Variance: Parkland Light & Water

Application: 893901

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=893901

Applicant: Parkland Light & Water

Planner: Andrew Van Gordon, andrew.vangordon@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Reduce the front yard setback from 25 ft. to 11.5 ft. from the roof overhang and 14.75 feet from the foundation, for the expansion of an office building. The property is a corner lot, within the Residential Resource (RR) zone classification of the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area, located at 12918 Park Ave. S., Tacoma, WA, in Council District #6.

 

HEARING TIME: 2:00 P.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:

Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit / Shoreline Conditional Use Permit: Phillips/Smith & Finholm

Applications: 850247, 884763, 850248

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=850247

Applicants: Keith & Lisa Phillips, and Jason Smith & Kristine Finholm

Planner: Ty Booth, ty.booth@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Replace an existing joint-use dock located across the street from both Applicants’ residences. In 1995, the existing dock was approved as a 95 ft. long floating dock. It is currently 115 ft. long. The replacement dock would be 150 ft. long and more elevated than floating. In 2016, the proposal was originally submitted as just a replacement dock. It was later revised to include two buoys to be located 230 ft. off-shore as well as attaching two boatlifts to either the dock and/or buoys. Now, the new dock would be located approximately 50 ft. northwest of the existing dock. The site is in a Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area, and Rural-Residential Shoreline Environment, on the south shoreline of Hale Passage, located at 514 and 520 North Shore Blvd., Fox Island, WA, in Council District #7.

 

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

 

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AGENDA

PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER

Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

 

HEARING TIME: 10:00 A.M.:

The following appeal was continued from May 9, 2018, June 27, 2018, August 29, 2018, and October 11, 2018

Project: Administrative Appeal: Swenson

Application: 881927

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=881927

Appellant: Robert D. Swenson

Staff Contact: Stephen Mauer, Stephen.mauer@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Appeal of a Final Notice and Order to Correct and Notice of Violation and Abatement dated March 5, 2018, and Violation Notice dated October 26, 2017, by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in the Frederickson Community Plan area and Moderate Density Single-Family (MSF) zone classification, located at 20606 46th Ave. E., Spanaway, WA, in Council District #3.

 

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

 

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Gig Harbor Sustainability Coalition


Community meetings to answer your questions:

Thursday Nov 1, 7:15 - 8:30 pm Gig Harbor Library

Saturday Nov 3, 10 am - 11:15 am  Gig Harbor Library


Also, please sign the petition supporting the 2 below ordinances on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Citizens4GigHarbor/

or email your name and zip code to citizensforgigharbor@gmail.com




On Tuesday, October 30, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will be hosting a Public Hearing on their SEIS regarding Tacoma's proposed LNG facility.

CHB has a message for PSCAA:

Citizens for a Healthy Bay stands in opposition to the LNG facility. The information in the SEIS is alarming and the project poses unacceptable environmental risks to Tacoma. We urge PSCAA to update the SEIS, reissue it when it is complete and credible, and then re-open the public comment period. 

Read our full letter to PSCAA stating our opposition below.

 

October 25, 2018

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA)
ATTN: Public Comment on DSEIS, PSE LNG Project
1904 Third Ave, Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98101
publiccomment@pscleanair.org

Hello,

Thank you for the information contained in the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Project (LNG project).

Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB) is a 28-year-old organization whose mission is to represent and engage people in the cleanup, restoration, and protection of Commencement Bay, its surrounding waters and natural habitat. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing practical, solutions-based environmental leadership in the Puget Sound area. We work side-by-side with residents, businesses, and government to prevent and mitigate pollution and to make our community healthier and more vibrant.

We commented on the original draft EIS for this project in 2015, and had concerns that were addressed by Puget Sound Energy’s modifications to the project. After that, we were neutral on the LNG project. For the SEIS, CHB’s Policy and Technical Advisory Committee, staff, and board have reviewed information in light of recently published reports on climate change, and we are alarmed by the new information available on this project.

Within the SEIS is information that shows the LNG plant would have higher climate impacts than the no action alternative for the life of the project, and CHB finds that the LNG project poses unacceptable risks to Commencement Bay and the Tacoma environment. We also find important parts of the SEIS to be incomplete and misleading for the public. By unanimous vote of our board of directors, CHB opposes any further development of the LNG project. We urge PSCAA to revise and update the SEIS and re-release it for public input.

The most alarming information in the SEIS relates to the amount and impact of methane emissions during the life of the project. A key step to PSCAA’s conclusion that the LNG project is better than the no action alternative is evaluating the impacts of the methane emissions after 100 years, at a time when their potency would be significantly diminished. At 100 years, after the methane emissions have lost most of their potency, the SEIS says the emissions from the plant would only be 4 or 5% better than the no action alternative. However, because methane’s potency is much higher in the first few decades it is emitted, examining the impact of methane emissions on a shorter timeline would show the climate impact of the LNG plant to be much worse than the no action alternative.

Climate change is an immediate local and global concern. The 0.5 degrees Celsius increase we have already experienced has impacted our Puget Sound communities and environment. These changes affect the planet as a whole and impact Commencement Bay. Ocean acidification is one example of a global problem from climate change impacting the Puget Sound and Commencement Bay; ocean acidification is hurting shellfish and the people who eat or sell shellfish. We know that climate change impacts Puget Sound and Commencement Bay and that cutting greenhouse gas emissions now must be a global and local priority.

Recent reports about the progress of climate change indicate that the planet is experiencing rapid warming. Without drastic, unprecedented cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the planet will warm by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next few decades, and potentially 4 degrees Celsius by 2100. The impact of changes beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius is unacceptable to us. It will massively impact the Puget Sound fishery and ecosystem, and change our communities and economy in ways we cannot yet imagine. To prevent more than 1.5 degrees warming, scientists report that global greenhouse gas emissions must fall to zero by 2050 and then go negative. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 is a massive task, and will take drastic, unprecedented measures to accomplish.

With the scale of change that needs to happen in mind, the LNG project is a step in exactly the wrong direction. Increasing methane emissions, which are 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, in the next few decades is the opposite of what we should be doing. This LNG project would release hundreds of thousands of tons of a potent greenhouse gas at the exact time when we must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a bad idea and should not proceed.

We are also extremely concerned that this SEIS is incomplete and relies on outdated, inaccurate information and is misleading for the public. A critical table in the analysis appendix, Table C.1. uses placeholder figures rather than actual data. Although we have requested the accurate data for this table, it has not been provided.

In the SEIS, the global warming potential of methane and nitrous oxide is assessed based on an outdated standard (AR4) from 2007. The newest standard, AR5, shows that methane has a greater impact on climate change than previously thought. Bizarrely, the SEIS discusses the updated standard and includes the figures for it in its report, but then chooses to use the outdated standard from 2007 for its analysis.

Additionally, the conclusions in the SEIS rely heavily on the assertion from PSE that the plant will only use natural gas from British Columbia. The SEIS fails to provide any analysis or discussion of the potential greenhouse gas emissions if the plant’s natural gas comes from another source, such as the United States or other Canadian provinces. As a result, it is impossible to assess the true impact of the project in the likely scenario that the natural gas will be sourced from multiple locations. The SEIS provides an incomplete picture of greenhouse gas impacts because it insisted on an analysis restricted to a certain geography.

Further, the SEIS fails to indicate how the LNG plant scenario compares to the no action alternative in terms of global warming impacts during the 40 year life of the project. The SEIS relies on a 100-year timescale to assess greenhouse gas emissions even though the life of the plant is only anticipated to be 40 years. The public deserves to know the true impact of the project during its lifespan, or, at least, during a timeframe that is relevant to the important changes that need to be made to address climate change. Why have an SEIS that is scoped to explore the greenhouse impacts of a project and then not disclose the greenhouse impacts in a relevant way?

Finally, we are concerned about the exclusion of tribal communities at a critical stage in the process. The City of Tacoma had a legal responsibility to meaningfully involve the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in consultation at the early stages of this project. CHB did an open records request earlier in 2018, and found that the City did not have records to show it followed the meaningful consultation requirements under the Land Claims Settlement Act. Please do not perpetuate the illegal denial of meaningful consultation with the Puyallup Tribe about actions that impact tribal resources. Take the time to address the flaws in this process. Consult with the Tribe about the information in the SEIS and the significant risks to the Tribe’s resources. Then, please revise and update the SEIS with full and complete information, and to re-release it to the public for public comment.

In its current state, the SEIS is incomplete, inaccurate and unreliable. We stand in opposition to this project. We encourage you to pause this process and reissue a complete SEIS on which the public can comment.

Thank you for your consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about this letter.

Sincerely,


Melissa Malott
Executive Director, Citizens for a Healthy Bay
mmalott@healthybay.org, (253) 383-2429

CC: Victoria Woodards, City of Tacoma Mayor
Members of the City of Tacoma City Council
Members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Tribal Council
Members of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State
Rep. Jake Fey, Washington State House of Representatives
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Washington State House of Representatives
Sen. Jeannie Darnielle, Washington State Senate
Hartleigh Caine, TOTE Maritime Alaska



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AGENDA

PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER
Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.:
Project: Variance: City MD Urgent Care
Application: 889533
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=889533
Applicant: Alturas 12005 Meridian LLC
Planner: Donna Rhea, donna.rhea@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Sign variance to increase the maximum wall signage of a 5,000-sq. ft. tenant space from 20 sq. ft. to 78.68 sq. ft. (increase of 58.68 sq. ft. The site is in the Community Center (CC) zone classification and South Hill Community Plan area, located at 12005 Meridian East, Puyallup, WA, in Council District #1.
HEARING TIME: 10:00 A.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:

Project: Preliminary Plat / Administrative Design Review: Bonney Lake 26
Applications: 851397, 851398, 851399, 892867
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=851397
Applicant: Lakewood Ventures LLC, c/o John Harkness
Planner: Adonais Clark, adonais.clark@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Formal subdivision of a 31.62-acre site into 155 lots, with a density of 5.91 dwelling units per acre (155 lots/26.23 net acres) and an average lot size of 5,583 square feet, and 10 tracts, to be served by Tacoma Water and Pierce County sanitary sewers in a Moderate Density Single-Family (MSF) zone classification and a County Urban Growth Area (CUGA). The site is located at 15401 198th Ave. E., Bonney Lake, WA, in Council District #1.

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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AGENDA
PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER
Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.:
Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit: Miller
Application: 864536, 864537
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=864536
Applicants: James and Gail Miller
Planner: Ty Booth, ty.booth@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Accessory to an existing single-family residence, legalize an unpermitted 20-ft. by 8-ft. float (used primarily for boat moorage) and two existing mushroom anchors or replacement helical anchors. The site is on the south end of Horsehead Bay on public tidelands of Puget Sound, more specifically 500-600 ft. to the north/northwest of 3010 Horsehead Bay Dr. NW, parcel number 0121281047 (location of the Proponents’ parcel and residence), within a Rural-Residential Shoreline Environment, Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, and the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area, in Council District #7.

HEARING TIME: 1:00 P.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:
Project: Conditional Use Permit / Administrative Design Review: Washington Rock Quarries – King Creek Pit Expansion
Applications: 854024, 860931, 854025
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=854024
Applicant: Washington Rock Quarries, Inc.
Planner: Adonais Clark, adonais.clark@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Expand the area of a sand and gravel mine by 109 acres from its current size of 418 acres to approximately 559 acres on 3 parcels with a total size of 817 acres, including excavating approximately 30 million cubic yards of earth material. The site is in a Designated Forest Land (FL) zone classification and the Graham Community Plan area, located at 25009 Brooks Rd. E., Orting, WA, in Council District #1.

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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AGENDA
PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER
Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.:
Project: Variance: Small
Application: 893259
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=893259
Applicants: Randi and Mario Small
Planner: Andrew Van Gordon, andrew.vangordon@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Reduce the front yard setback from 15 ft. to 3.5 ft. for expansion of a single-family residence. The property is 1.29 acres, on a corner lot, in the Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zone classification and the Frederickson Community Plan area, located at 4303 - 162nd St. E., Tacoma, WA, in Council District #3.

HEARING TIME: 10:00 A.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:
Project: Preliminary Plat: Pacific Ridge Estates
Applications: 884821, 884822
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=884821
Applicant: Copper Ridge LLC
Planner: Robert Jenkins, rob.jenkins@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Divide a 5.23-acre site into 26 single-family lots, with a minimum lot size of 5,086 sq. ft. and an average lot size of 6,989 sq. ft. The plat includes:
1) a shared access facility tract serving two lots;
2) landscape buffer tracts along “B” St. S., and
3) a public road.
The plat will be accessed from “B” St. E. and served by public water, sanitary sewers, and a public road. The site is within the Moderate Density Single-Family (MSF) zone classification and Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Community Plan area, located at 19120 “B” St. E., Spanaway, WA, in Council District #3.

HEARING TIME: 11:00 A.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:
Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit / Shoreline Conditional Use Permit / Administrative Design Review: Manson Construction Company
Applications: 851888, 868729, 849230, 849231
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=851888
Applicant: Monson Construction Company
Planner: Dan Buhl, dan.buhl@piercecountywa.gov
Request: The site is a Department of Ecology Remedial Action site, known as the Norwegian Salmon Industries Site, and has a Restrictive Covenant. The area with the concentrated toxins contains a soil cap. In conjunction with a short plat application outside the shoreline and above the remediation area, the applicants will construct an overbank storm drainage system within the shoreline, a 165-ft. long dock, boat ramp, and a boathouse with restrooms in the property’s shoreline area. The site is in the Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, Rural Residential Shoreline Designation, and Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area, located at 14202 - 9th Ave. Ct. NW, Gig Harbor, WA, in Council District #7.

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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AGENDA
PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER
Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018

HEARING TIME: 10:00 A.M.:
Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit / Shoreline Variance: Phair
Applications: 886869, 894283, 886872
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=886869
Applicant: Brian and Heidi Phair
Planner: Mojgan Carlson, Mojgan.carlson@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Replace the failing rock bulkhead with a new, 125-ft. long by 8-ft. high rock bulkhead on the same footprint along the entire shoreline of the site and retain a previously-constructed 80-ft. long by 4-ft. high rock retaining wall, 15 ft. from the bulkhead. The project is accessory to a single-family residence, on a 0.77-acre parcel, on the east shore of Case Inlet, in the Rural Shoreline Environment and Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, in the Key Peninsula Community Plan area, located at 8416 189th Ave. NW, Vaughn, WA, in Council District #7.

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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2018 FALL WORKSHOPS

Free Workshops - Advance registration required

www.cityoftacoma.org/workshops

or call (253) 573-2426

 

Please register for the wait list if a session is full.

You’ll be notified if there’s a cancellation or repeat session.

 

DIY Home Energy Audits & Simple Solutions

Saturday, October 20, 10:30 AM

Discover the top five energy efficiency enhancements to earn the most home energy savings. 
DIY basic energy audits and simple improvements can increase home comfort and efficiency. 
Learn How-To:

  > Assess insulation; how to check what you have and what you need 
  > Identify window problems and improvement options
  > Find and seal air leaks (weather-stripping and caulking)
  > How duct leaks and other factors affect energy costs
  > Evaluate heating system issues, low-cost energy savers and behavioral changes
 > Services to expect in a professional, private company energy audit

 

Workshop Location: City of Tacoma EnviroHouse 
Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill) 
3510 S. Mullen St., 98409 (off Center Street)

EnviroHouse email: ehouse@cityoftacoma.org

 

Directions on website:  www.cityoftacoma.org/EnviroHouse

EnviroHouse Public Hours: Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 11-5



From UW Tacoma Environmental Sciences and Studies: 

Please join us for the UW Tacoma Autumn 2018 Environmental Seminar Series.

Mondays, 12:30-1:20 PM, UWT Science Building, Room 105 - directions




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2018

 

Council approves updated Shoreline Master Plan

The Pierce County Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2018-57s which amends the adopted 2015 Shoreline Master Program (SMP) regulations and guidelines to be consistent with state regulations.

 

The legislature required in 2003 that all counties update their SMP. Since that time the County has been working with State Department of Ecology (DOE) and stakeholders to update the original 1975 program plan.

 

Pierce County initially adopted a revised Shoreline Master Program in 2015, however, the DOE mandated various changes before the plan could go into effect. Ordinance 2018-57sincorporates those changes which include:

 

·        Greater flexibility for shoreline restoration projects

·        Requiring Pierce County to issue permits for the dumping of dredge material within the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve

·        Notification to the County for any proposal to expand or modify a shellfish farm

·        New wetland rating system

“The County, DOE and stakeholders have been working for over a decade to update the 2015 plan that addresses growth along our shoreline, the aquaculture industry and more vigorous environmental regulations. The larger SMP is a great accomplishment for our County and the State,” said Councilman Rick Talbert.

 

This Ordinance shall become effective 14 days following written final approval by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Erin Babbo, communications specialist

253-798-6248

erin.babbo@piercecountywa.gov




CORRECTED

AGENDA


PUBLIC HEARINGS BY THE PIERCE COUNTY HEARING EXAMINER
Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018
HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.:
All of the following cases will be heard at the same time

Project: Preliminary Plat: The Pines at Sunrise Application: 875152, 875164
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=875152
Applicant: Eric Corliss, The Pines at Sunrise, LLC
Planner: Marcia Lucero, Marcia.lucero@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Subdivision of a 41-acre project site into 162 single-family detached lots and 16 additional tracts comprising of open space/landscape area, wetland/buffer area, and future mitigation area. The average lot size proposed is 6,604 sq. ft., with a minimum of 5,000 sq. ft. Access to the subdivision is provided via an existing arterial road, 180th St. E., onto an internal public road system. The site will be served by public water, sewer, and include an underground conveyance system for storm drainage. The parcel is in the Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zone classification within the Sunrise Master Plan (SMP,) and the South Hill Community Plan area, located at 13000 – 180th St. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #1.

Project: Administrative Appeal: The Pines at Sunrise
Application: 892741
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=892741
Appellant: Uplands 320 LLC, represented by G. Richard Hill, Attorney at Law
Planner: Marcia Lucero, Marcia.lucero@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Appeal of a Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS), issued by the Pierce County Responsible Official on July 17, 2018, with respect to the preliminary plat of The Pines at Sunrise. The parcel is in the Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zoning classification within the Sunrise Master Plan (SMP,) and the South Hill Community Plan area, located at 13000 – 180th St. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #1.

Project: Administrative Appeal: The Pines at Sunrise
Application: 892815
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=892815 Appellant: Sunrise Development Corp. of Washington, represented by William T. Lynn, Attorney at Law
Planner: Marcia Lucero, Marcia.lucero@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Appeal of a Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department MDNS, issued by the Pierce County Responsible Official on July 17, 2018, with respect to the preliminary plat of The Pines at Sunrise. The parcel is in the MSF zoning classification within the Sunrise Master Plan (SMP,) and the South Hill Community Plan area, located at 13000 – 180th St. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #1.

All of the following items are added to the Corrected Agenda
The Crossings at Sunrise hearing continued from August 29, 2018

Project: Preliminary Plat: The Crossings at Sunrise (aka Community One at Sunrise)
Application: 829610, 829611
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=829610
Applicant: Eric Corliss, The Pines at Sunrise, LLC
Planner: Cory Ragan, Cory.ragan@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Subdivide a 73.97 +/- acre parcel (0419351023), also known as Areas 28, 25, and 16, within the Sunrise Master Planned Community, into 180 single-family detached lots. The average lot size will be 6,701 sq. ft. with a minimum lot size of 5,000 sq. ft. The proposed subdivision includes linear parks, wetlands, wetland buffers, and open space/landscape tracts. Access is provided from a proposed extension of 130th Ave. E. and 180th Ave. E. along the project frontage. An internal public street system is proposed. The site is in the South Hill Community Plan area and Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zone classification, located at 12501 - 180th St. E., to the east of the Ridge at Sunrise plat, formerly known as Destiny at Sunrise, and to the north of the school sites, in Council District #1.

Project: Administrative Appeal: The Crossings at Sunrise (aka Community One at Sunrise)
Application: 888789
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=888789
Appellant: Sunrise Development Corp. of Washington, represented by William T. Lynn, Attorney at Law
Planner: Cory Ragan, Cory.ragan@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Appeal of the May 22, 2018, Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS), by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in the South Hill Community Plan area and Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zone classification, located at 12501 - 180th St. E., in Council District #1.

Project: Administrative Appeal: The Pines at Sunrise
Application: 888802
Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=888802
Appellant: Uplands 320, LLC, represented by G. Richard Hill, Attorney at Law
Planner: Cory Ragan, Cory.ragan@piercecountywa.gov
Request: Appeal of the May 22, 2018, Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS), by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in the South Hill Community Plan area and Moderate Density Single Family (MSF) zone classification, located at 12501 - 180th St. E., in Council District #1.

Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information.

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08 - 10:30 a.m.    Yard Waste & Worm Bin Composting

15 - 10:30 a.m.    Winter Harvest Plants + Cover Crops/ Mulch

22 - 10:30 a.m.    Harvesting and Preserving Squash

22 -   1:30 p.m.    Electric Vehicles: Why Now; What to Know

29 - 10:30 A.M.   Solatube Daylight Advantages & DIY Install

 

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06 - 10:30 a.m.    Heat Pumps: Heating/AC, Water Heaters

13 - 10:30 a.m.    Healthy Houseplants: Choices and Care

20 - 10:30 a.m.    DIY Energy Audits & Simple Solutions

21 -   1:30 p.m.    Rain Barrels: How to Make & Maintain

27 - 10:30 a.m.    Pruning and Care of Landscape Trees

 

NOVEMBER

03 - 10:30 a.m.    Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees

03 -   1:30 p.m.    Prep for Feb: Fruit Trees and Mason Bees

10 - 10:30 a.m.    Holiday Wreath Making Demonstration

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Hello All:

I had a busy week catching up on all the other business of the reserves, and want to send out a post event Thank You!

To everyone that pitched in preparing for and hosting last Saturday to make it a success…

Of course there are lots of things to improve on, but I’m just ecstatic that we pulled it off (and families came, etc).  We have the Kapowsin Half-Millennium birthday card displayed here at the office (thanks to Bob Walter for making it). Russ Blount is not in the photo because he held down the fort at the off-site parking in his field. Thanks Russ!

A few folks have emailed that we should schedule a work party.  I am not going to be the organizer this time – I have other events and project to focus on this summer, but maybe by September I will think about it. You can reply all to start a discussion on what needs to be done and who might want to do it, and when.

Also, a meeting to de-brief while we still remember,  and consider next steps was suggested; so I will test the waters of August to see if you will be here and can meet.

PLEASE reply if you are available all or any of these dates:  August 9, 16, or 23. I sent an email to the fire station inquiring about room availability.

Our invasive species team is available for loosestrife and yellow iris work at the lake on July 30-31 so I’ll be out there at that time.

Thanks again, it was really fun.

Birdie Davenport

Aquatic Reserves Program Manager

Aquatic Resources Division

360-902-1073



Looking for all Pierce County wetlands

In Washington, the existing statewide wetland maps (National Wetlands Inventory [NWI] maps) are out of date and inaccurate in many locations. They are based on imagery and data from the 1980s and do not reflect current wetland location and extent.


Additionally, wetlands are missing from the NWI maps. These errors of omission have been recorded to be as high as 50% in some areas, and may be as high as 90% in some forested areas. Inaccuracies and errors of omission are due in part to the difficulty of photo-interpreting certain land cover types. Also, many wetlands on agricultural lands were not mapped.


The NWI classified wetlands to identify wetland habitat types. It lacks abiotic information such as landscape position, landform, and water flow path, which can be used to predict functions and, in combination with land uses, wetland condition. To complete this project, the University of Washington will use remote sensing data sources, such as LiDAR, high-resolution aerial imagery, Landsat imagery, digital elevation data, hydrography, and updated soil maps provide an opportunity to address these known shortcomings. Moreover, recent developments in automated remote sensing technologies allow for more efficient coverage of large areas.


An improved, statewide map of wetland location and type is critical to the ability of local governments to protect wetlands. Under the Growth Management and Shoreline Management Acts, local governments play a critical role in wetland protection and management. They do this through comprehensive planning, zoning, and permit review. Planners and permit reviewers rely on existing NWI maps for these processes. A few local jurisdictions have conducted their own wetland inventories and improved their maps, but these are limited due to lack of resources, and none have predicted functions and conditions of wetlands. This leaves many local governments with inadequate maps and information on local wetlands, and the state with uneven coverage.


This project will improve the ability to more efficiently and accurately identify the location, size, and type of wetland resource. available as a publicly accessible, web-based map. Information about the maps, and any analyses using the data, will be disseminated through articles and presentations to state and federal agencies, and local governments and planners.


Source: https://portal.nifa.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/1013138-washington-wetland-mapping.html


From Pierce County: 

The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture is now posted on the Pierce County Farming website: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/3422/Getting-Started.  The Regulation Roadmap was developed to assist producers to identify possible permits and licenses needed to produce and sell farm products.  It also identifies the primary regulatory agencies dealing with farm products.

 

 

The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture project is a partnership with the Agriculture Community of Interest, Pierce County Agriculture Program and Tacoma Pierce Health Department.

 

 

Diane Marcus-Jones  | Senior Planner | Pierce County Planning and Public Works| (253)798-2616 |

2401 South 35th Street, Room 175, Tacoma, WA, 98409-7490 | dmarcus@co.pierce.wa.us  | www.co.pierce.wa.us/pals   www.piercecountywa.org/farming


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