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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AUGUST 05, 2018-SEPTEMBER 03, 2018

Ecology invites your comments for the agreed order (legal agreement) and public participation plan for the Puget Sound Energy Coal Gas cleanup site. The agreed order requires the Washington Department of Transportation, City of Tacoma, Puget Sound Energy, and PacifiCorp to describe the types and extent of contamination, consider and compare cleanup options, and choose cleanup methods in a draft Cleanup Action Plan. The public participation plan describes how Ecology will inform the community about opportunities to be involved in the cleanup process.  Contaminants in soil & groundwater include polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons & benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene & xylene.



Redefine Tacoma 




We're very close to preserving over 20,000 acres of farmland in Pierce County, but we need your help to get us over the finish line.

The Pierce County Council will consider improved policies for designating Agriculture Resource Lands (ARL) next TuesdayAugust 14 at the Council Chambers. Please join Futurewise in testifying in favor of these improved criteria.

When: Tuesday, August 14, 3 pm
Where: Pierce County Council Chambers
10th floor, Pierce County Courthouse
930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402

Futurewise has worked for four years with our partners in Pierce County to make these changes. Why?

Currently, there is an inconsistency between Pierce County's ARL map and related policies, leaving over 10,000 acres of farmland at risk for development. The policy in front of the County Council next week improves the criteria for designating ARL, and preserves 22,000 acres of agricultural lands for long-term use.

Join Futurewise at the public hearing to testify in support of conserving Pierce County farmland. We have talking points and a fact sheet that you can use to develop your own testimony.

For questions or concerns, contact Tim@futurewise.org.

 



 City of Gig Harbor Planning Department

 

Your Weekly Planning Department

Notices for August 9th, 2018

 

Agenda:



 

Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday August 16th, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

1. PL-COMP-17-0001: 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments.  Review and update of the multiple Comprehensive Plan elements to address requested amendments from PSRC regarding consistency with VISION2040 and updates under the Growth Management Act. Includes a complete update the Transportation Element and adoption of the City of Gig Harbor Active Transportation Plan.

2. PL-COMP-17-0003: Water, Wastewater and Storm Systems Functional Plan Updates.  Six-year update to the City’s functional plans for the water, wastewater and storm system, including updates to the City’s Capital Facilities Element to ensure consistency as required under state law.

3. PL-COMP-17-0004: Henderson Comprehensive Plan Amendment and associated Development Agreement.  Private application requesting a land use map amendment from Residential Low to Residential High Transition. Additionally, the applicant has requested a concurrent development agreement to acquire additional density from adjacent properties.    

 Location:      6014 and 6016 Woodhill Drive NW, Gig Harbor WA 98329 (Tax ID Nos. 0122258002, 01222580030122254011, 0122254011)

Please contact Lindsey Sehmel at sehmell@cityofigigharbor.net .

 

NEW FOR 2018 

APPLY FOR ANY PERMIT ONLINE

Effective January 8, you may apply for any permit from the City online!

Building permits have been available online since 2011. This popular option is coming to Planning and Engineering permits and land use actions in 2018.

Online application eliminates the need to provide multiple plans sets at submittal. Thereafter, plan review, approval instructions, permit issuance, and any correction cycles also occur online.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a permit online.

 

Public Meetings / Hearings  

 

SIX-MONTH TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON NEW

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

At their February 12th, 2018 meeting, the City Council passed Ordinance 1383 declaring an immediate six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain residential development applications. Information on the moratorium can be found on the City’s Residential Moratorium webpage 

 

 

Notice of Public Meeting: No new Notices of Public Meeting were published this week

 

Notice of Public Hearing: McCormick Creek Parking Lot Addition - PL-SPR-18-0003/PL-CUP-18-0002/PL-DR-18-0052/PL-ALP-18-0002/PL-SEPA-18-0004. | McCormick Creek LLC, c/o Bryan Stowe. 

Please contact Kennith Geroge atgeorgek@cityofgigharbor.net

 

Public Notices

 

 

Notice of Application: Lucca's Landing Marina Repair & Dock Replacement - PL-EXP-18-0002/PL-NCR-18-0004/PL-SEPA-18-0011 | Mullan, LLC, c/o Michael Hurlbut.

Please contact Kennith Geroge atgeorgek@cityofgigharbor.net

 

Notice of Application: McCormick Creek Final Plat / PRD - Phase 4 - PL-FPLAT-18-0001 / PL-PRD-18-0001 | McCormick Creek LLC, Bryan Stowe.

Please contact Kennith George, Associate Planner atgeorgek@cityofgigharbor.net .

 

Notice of Application: Uptown G.H. Garbage Enclosure Roofs - PL-DR-18-0138 | Gateway Capital, LLC c/o Kristin Undem. 

Please contact Assistant Planner, Diane McBane atmcbaned@cityofgigharbor.net .

 

Notice of Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS): Comprehensive Plan Amendments - PL-SEPA-17-0001 /PLl-SEPA-17-0009 / PL-SEPA-17-0010 |  City of Gig Harbor

Please contact Senior Planner, Lindsey Sehmel atSehmelL@cityofgigharbor.net

 

Design Review Board Meeting |Aug 9th, 2018CANCELLED.

 

Design Review Board Meeting | Aug 23rd, 2018

CANCELLED

 

Click here for city-wide notices and agendas.

 

Click on the link below for more information on the City of Gig Harbor Municipal Code (GHMC) 

http://www.cityofgigharbor.net/city-codes-regs/

 

Please contact Cindy Andrews, Planning Assistant at andrewsc@cityofgigharbor.net  or 253-853-7625 with your questions. 



From Pierce County Department of Planning and Public Works: 

Gig Harbor East Bay Redesignation Information Meeting

Opportunity to learn more and ask questions of staff at an upcoming informational meeting.

 

AUGUST 20, 2018

5:30 -7:30 - Presentation at 6:15 pm

Gig Harbor Civic Center

3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

 

Comments on the proposal can be made online or through comment sheets available at the meeting.  All comments will be forwarded to the County Council. 

Pierce County at the request of City of Gig Harbor, is filing an application for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to redesignate the Gig Harbor East Bay area (as shown on the map on the reverse side) from its current Urban designation to Rural.  If it is approved by the County Council, it will reduce the intensity of uses from Urban to Rural levels and prevent further subdivision of properties at urban densities.

 

The East Bay area is currently in the Urban Growth Area of the City.  The City has determined that is has sufficient growth capacity within the current city limits and does not have the means to construct urban services necessary for the East Bay area.   

 

While an application has been submitted, the County Council will not be undertaking a decision to authorize further review this application until September 30, 2018.  In an effort to provide additional information concerning this proposal, the City and the County will be holding a public open house on August 20, 2018, to answer questions about the proposal and the adoption process.  The time and location for this meeting is on the back side of this letter

 

You an also get more information on the proposal and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process by visiting our website:

 

www.piercecountywa.org/2019ComprehensivePlanAmendments

 

Contact Jeff Mann, Senior Planner at jeff.mann@piercecountywa.gov or 253-798-2150, if you can’t access the webpage or if you have any questions.



    City of Gig Harbor Planning Department
 
Your Weekly Planning Department
Notices for July 12th, 2018
 

 
Agenda:
 

  • CARL HALSAN, P.O. BOX 1447, GIG HARBOR, WA 98335: Pink Elephant Car Wash (PL-SPR-18-0004), (PL-DR-18-0085) and (PL-SEPA-18-0005). This is the second public meeting before the Design Review Board (DRB) on the proposed 3,385-square foot drive-through car wash facility with 3 vacuum stations, employee parking stalls and associated landscaping. The DRB will look at the applicant’s design alternatives for screening the service tunnel with respect to the City’s Design Manual requirements. Access to and from the site will be by way of a single point along 32nd Avenue NW (private road) near the northwest corner of the site. Project is located at 3175 56th Street.
             Please contact Associate Planner, Kennith George at georgek@cityofgigharbor.net .
 
 
 
  • BARGHAUSEN CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. - JASON HUBBELL, 18215 72ND, AVE S., KENT WA, 98032: Canterwood Commercial Center (PL-DRB-07-0013), (PL-SPR-07-0004), (PL-CUP-13-0002) and (PL-SEPA-07-0008). The applicant is proposing design alternatives for certain specific requirements of the City’s Design Manual. The proposed project includes the construction of 4 commercial buildings totaling 28,278 square feet of office/retail space and a 9,000-square foot parking garage. Drive-through facilities are proposed on 3 of the buildings. The project also includes temporary and permanent wetland buffer impacts with related mitigation. The project is located Located on the west side of Canterwood Blvd, west of St. Anthony’s Hospital at approximately 10700 Canterwood Blvd.
             Please contact Associate Planner, Carl de Simas at desimasc@cityofgigharbor.net
 
 
 
NEW FOR 2018 
APPLY FOR ANY PERMIT ONLINE

Effective January 8, you may apply for any permit from the City online!

Building permits have been available online since 2011. This popular option is coming to Planning and Engineering permits and land use actions in 2018.

Online application eliminates the need to provide multiple plans sets at submittal. Thereafter, plan review, approval instructions, permit issuance, and any correction cycles also occur online.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a permit online.
 
Public Meetings / Hearings  
 
SIX-MONTH TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON NEW
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
 
At their February 12th, 2018 meeting, the City Council passed Ordinance 1383 declaring an immediate six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain residential development applications. Information on the moratorium can be found on the City’s Residential Moratorium webpage 
 
 
Notice of Public Meeting: Pink Elephant Car Wash - PL-SPR-18-0004/PL-DR-18-0085/PL-SEPA-18-0005 | Carl Halsan
Please contact Associate Planner, Kennith George atgeorgek@cityofgigharbor.net
 
Notice of Public Meeting:  Canterwood Commercial Center - PL-DRB-07-0013/PL-SPR-07-0004/PL-CUP-13-0002/PL-SEPA-07-0008 | Jason Hubbell - Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Please contact Associate Planner, Carl de Simas atdesimasc@cityofgigharbor.net .
 
Notice of Public Hearing: No new Notices of Public Hearing were published this week.
 
Public Notices
 
Hearing Examiner Hearing | August 2nd, 2018 CANCELLED
 
 
Notice of Application: No new Notices of Application were published this week
 
Notice of Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS): Comprehensive Plan Amendments - PL-SEPA-17-0001 /PLl-SEPA-17-0009 / PL-SEPA-17-0010 |  City of Gig Harbor
Please contact Senior Planner, Lindsey Sehmel atSehmelL@cityofgigharbor.net
 
Hearing Examiner Hearing | August 2nd, 2018CANCELLED
 
Planning Commission Meeting | August 2nd, 2018 | CANCELLED
 
Design Review Board Meeting |Aug 9th, 2018 |CANCELLED.
 
Click here for city-wide notices and agendas.
 
Click on the link below for more information on the City of Gig Harbor Municipal Code (GHMC) 
 
Please contact Cindy Andrews, Planning Assistant at andrewsc@cityofgigharbor.net  or 253-853-7625 with your questions.  




PAC Meeting Reminder: 

A reminder of the PAC meeting on Wednesday, July 25

 

Planning staff and Council Member Derek Young are interested in hearing what updates to the Community Plan the PAC is interested in. Depending on the scope and scale of requested updates, the County will determine whether updates should be made through the Comprehensive Plan amendment process or via a formal community plan update process. Please review the community plan and be prepared to discuss needed updates at the July 25 meeting.

 

Gig Harbor Community Plan

 

If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, please contact Jeff Mann, jeff.mann@piercecountywa.gov or 253.798.2150.   Thank you!

 

Toni Fairbanks
Clerk to the Board
Pierce County Planning and Public Works
(253) 798-7156 | toni.fairbanks@piercecountywa.gov




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



NOTICE

2019 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS

WEBPAGE NOW AVAILABLE 

2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Webpage Now Available: The Pierce County webpage for the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments is now available to the public and can be found here, at the Planning and Land Services webpage under Projects of Interest, or athttp://www.piercecountywa.org/4694/2019-Comprehensive-Plan-Amendments.

The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan guides the County’s overall strategy for growth and development over the next 20 years. It sets the goals and policies for items such as land use, economic development, housing, transportation and the environment.  Every two years, the County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Approved amendments can result in changes to land use and zoning designations and regulations.

Applications for amendments will be accepted between July 1 and July 31, 2018. The Comprehensive Plan Amendment webpage contains:

  • Applications for amendments
  • Guidelines for the preparation and submittal of applications
  • Information on the amendment review process and fees

2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Docket: The webpage has instructions to request to be added to the docket of amendments and receive notification when applications will be accepted.

Contact: 
Jeffrey D. Mann, AICP, Senior Planner
Jeff.Mann@piercecountywa.gov/253-798-2150




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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NEWS RELEASE
November 2, 2017


MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Cochrane, 360.790.7958, cathy.cochrane@psp.wa.gov 



Friends of Pierce County  would like you to support
 
Used Car for Bud (FPC President)
 
by making a donation and helping spread the word.
 
 
     
 
Friends of Pierce County President, Bud Rehberg, has been involved in volunteering for numerous communities throughout Pierce County for over 25 years. He has done it all on his time and has made sure that Pierce County has made better decisions to protect the environment and save farmland. 
Over the past year, Bud has not been able to get to public meetings and board meetings because his 1964 car broke down and he cannot repair it. We are asking folks to help Bud - trying to raise funds so that he can buy a used car. The goal is $7,000. If you have a used car you can donate, please let us know. Please help Bud so he can continue to work for citizens of Pierce County. Thank you!
 
 
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