Friends of Pierce County


The Tacoma Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market Street.

  • 1.      Correctional and Detention Facilities Permanent Regulations
  • 2.      Open Space Corridors
  • 3.      Car Was Rezone

 Click Here for the Agenda

Public comments will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting, but limited on items 2 and 3 only.  Item 1 is the subject of a recent public hearing (Jan. 3rd) for which the comment period has ended (Jan. 5th).


Please also note that the City Council is looking to fill two positions on the Planning Commission: the “Architecture, Historic Preservation, and/or Urban Design” position serving an unexpired term through June 30, 2019 and the “District No. 5” position serving an unexpired term through June 30, 2018 with a possible extension to serve a three-year term to expire June 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. To apply, visit


To view the full agenda packet, which includes materials for all discussion items, please visit: PC Agendas.




Lihuang Wung
Planning and Development Services Department
747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: (253) 591-5682

Register & Represent South Sound Sustainability

Represent your organization, services and eco-expertise at Tacoma’s South Sound Sustainability Expo on Saturday, April 14th, 2018!

Every year the Expo reaches more people and gains greater popularity, and that would not be the case without your involvement and support. Your participation in past years has made the Expo an exciting and highly anticipated event. We hope you will join us again this Spring.

Vendor registration is free for non-profits and community groups. For-profits pay a $30 registration fee. 

Register by visiting

Email, and visit for more information.

Become a Sponsor!

Be featured in the Expo’s promotional materials and website, and receive preferential booth location through sponsorship.  Your dollars will help keep this event FREE for attendees by offsetting Convention Center fees, printing, advertising and promotion.

Sponsor the 2018 South Sound Sustainability Expo by contacting Kristi Lynett at (253) 591-5571 or

City of Gig Harbor Planning Department
Your Weekly Planning Department
Notices for January 11th, 2018


  1. Apex Engineering, 2601 S. 35th Street, Ste 200, Tacoma, WA 98409:  A Design Review Board pre-application meeting has been requested for the Henderson Heights Development (PL-DR-17-0260). The applicant proposes to develop 95 three-story townhomes on individual lots within a site containing approximately 12.90 acres of land. The project is located at the northwesterly corner of Burnham Drive NW and 112th Street N., (11302 Burnham Dr. NW)
NEW FOR 2018 

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  
Notice of Public Meeting: No new notices of Public Meeting were published this week.
Notice of Public Hearing: No new notices of Public Hearing were published this week.
Public Notices
Notice of Application: Pleasurecraft Marina Restaurant - PL-SPR-17-0006, PL-CUP-17-0003, PL-ALP-17-0009, PL-SDP-17-0007, PL-SVAR-17-0002, PL-SCUP-17-0001, PL-SEPA-17-0019, PL-FLOOD-17-0004 | Jeanne Ratcliffe Gagliano
Please contact Senior Planner, Peter Katich,. 
Notice of Application: ADC Development - PL-SDP-17-0008/PL-SPP-17-0002/PL-SPP-17-0003/PL-SPP-17-0004/PL-SEPA-17-0021 | Neil Walter Company.
Please contact Senior Planner, Peter Katich,. 
Notice of Application: The Village at Harbor Hill - PL-SPR-17-0007, PL-BSP-17-0002, PL-DR-16-0226, PL-SEPA-17-0020 | Harbor Hill LLC, John Chadwell.
Please contact Senior Planner, Peter Katich,. 
 Hearing Examiner Hearing | Jan 18th, 2018CANCELLED
Design Review Board Meeting:  Jan 25th, 2018
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 or 253-853-7625 with your questions. 

News Release from Pierce County




Jan. 9, 2018


Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy


The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill one Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.


Applicants must be registered to vote in the State of Washington, reside in Pierce County, and employed in or retired from the private or public sector. Ethics Commissioners also may not hold or campaign for elective office, be an officer of any political party or political committee, be a lobbyist, assist a lobbyist, or employ a lobbyist. (Pierce County Code 3.12.070 B, C, and E)


Members of the Ethics Commission are volunteers who meet the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma. The Commission determines the merit of reported violations of the Code of Ethics for Pierce County employees.


Applications are available here. You may also request an application by or by calling (253) 798-7477.


The deadline for submitting completed applications is Feb. 2, 2018.


Marlo Oesch, Ethics Commission chair


     2018 Winter Workshop Schedule


Free Workshops - Advance registration required - 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.


JANUARY – 2018

1/27, Sat. 10:30/1:30  Green Building Workshops to be rescheduled


2/03, Sat. 10:30 am    Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees (FULL – may add pruning to 1:30)

2/03, Sat.   1:30 pm    Organic Fruit Tree Selection and Care

2/10, Sat. 10:30 am    Early Gardens, Raised Beds, Plants, Berries (FULL; possible repeat)

2/17, Sat. 10:30 am    Mason Bees: So Easy, So Productive (FULL – see repeat)

2/17, Sat.   1:30 pm    Mason Bees: So Easy, So Productive

2/24, Sat. 10:30 am    Pruning and Care of Landscape Trees

MARCH – 2018

3/03, Sat, 10:30 am    Solatube Natural Daylight with DIY Install Demo

3/10, Sat. 10:30 am    Yard Waste & Worm Bin Composting

3/17, Sat. 10:30 am    Heat Pump Know-How: Home Heating (whole

                                    house and ductless), Water Heaters & More

3/18, Sun.  1:30 pm     Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain

3/18, Sun.  3:00 pm     Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain (FULL – see repeat)

3/24, Sat. 10:30 am    Backyard Chickens: Getting Started

3/24, Sat.   1:30 pm    Chickens: Build a Secure Coop and Run

3/31, Sat. 10:30 am    Smart Energy Home and Efficient Appliances 


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

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

Search YouTube EnviroHouse HowTo Playlist for more tips

Protect Human Health

Congratulations to Pierce County for funding new mental health services. While this program is just a start, there is no doubt it is making Pierce County a more sustainable place to live for our most vulnerable residents. Please take a moment to listen to this KNKX story about the County’s work.


Did You Know?

Almost every piece of plastic ever created is still on the planet (unless it got incinerated). Plastic pollution makes up 12% of the waste, by weight going to the landfill in Pierce County. Much of the plastic going to the landfill can be recycled. Here is a full list of what can be recycled in Pierce County and in Tacoma.


Upcoming Events


January 6

Run the Greens


January 10

Raingarden Work Shop


January 13th

Family Nature Walk


January 20

No Sun Fun Run

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

Pier Peer – Jelly Jubilee


January 27

Environmental Learning Center Opening

From Pierce County: 

The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture is now posted on the Pierce County Farming website:  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 |  |

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November 2, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Cochrane, 360.790.7958, 

Save the Date for Legislative Day & Reception on January 25, 2018!

Join the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and the Washington Recreation & Park Association at our annual Parks and Great Outdoors Legislative Day in Olympia! 

Help us advocate for our state's premier outdoors fund, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), and tell your legislators why Washington's parks, wildlife habitat areas, and working lands deserve to be funded. 

Never met with a legislator before? Don't worry; we will make sure you have everything you need.  

Legislative Day Events Include:
—Two optional, pre-event conference call opportunities to learn about logistics for the day and get all your questions about the events answered.
—Day-of advocacy training focusing on how to talk with legislators.
—Meetings with elected officials - we do the scheduling for you!
—A reception at the Governor's Mansion and an opportunity to mingle with legislators and local leaders in business, recreation, and conservation.

When & Where: 
January 25, 2018 at 7:00 AM5:00 PM
Woman's Club of Olympia
1002 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Legislative Reception to follow at Governor's Mansion, 5:30 PM7:00 PM

Positions open for Pierce County Ag Advisory Committee

Pierce County has established an Ag Advisory Committee that will report directly to the Pierce County Council. Membership on this committee is for farmers that operate in Pierce County. This is an excellent opportunity for farmers/producers to have their voices and issues heard directly by the County Council.

I encourage you to apply for a position on the committee if you are interested. Please see the link below for applications.

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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Friends of Pierce County is a 501(c) non-profit organization. 

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