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Notices for January 10th, 2019




Hearing Examiner Hearing | Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 1:30 pm

  1. James and Mary Mancuso, 6717 Soundview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335  MANCUSO ACCESSORY APARTMENT, (PL-CUP-18-0003), (PL-DR-18-0173)The applicant has requested a Conditional Use Permit and Design Review to allow the development of a one-story, 599 square foot detached Accessory Apartment at the subject property. The proposed apartment would be located between the applicant’s existing home and the site’s northerly side property line. The site is located at 6717 Soundview Dr. 


Please contact Peter Katich, Senior Planner at


Planning Commission Meeting | Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  1. Interim Zoning Controls for Small Cell Deployments
  2. Departmental Updates

Please contact Community Development Director, Katrina Knutson at .


Public Meetings / Hearings 



Notice of Public Hearing:  MANCUSO ACCESSORY APARTMENT - PL-CUP-18-0003 | James and Mary Mancuso

Please contact Peter Katich, Senior Planner


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


Public Notices:



Notice of Application:  GRAHAM SFR DOCK REPLACEMENT AND MAINTENANCE DREDGING:  PL-SDP-18-0001, PL-FLOOD-18-0001, PL-SEPA-18-0003| Dennis Graham.  Please contact Kennith George, Associate Planner at


Design Review Board Meeting - Jan 10th, 2019CANCELLED.


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. 



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



Project: Wetland Variance: Lewis

Application: 897706

Online Address:

Applicant: Maya Lewis

Biologist: Dara Kessler,

Request: Reduce the required 110-ft. wetland buffer to 19 ft. This Category III wetland is associated with a Type N2 stream that is contained within the wetland buffer. The site is in the Residential Resource (RR) zone classification and Mid-County Community Plan area, located at 12408 62nd Ave. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #5.


Project: Preliminary Plat: Edmunds Park at Tehaleh

Application: 883015

Online Address:

Applicant: NASH Cascadia Verde, LLC

Planner: Robert Jenkins,

Request: Divide a 123.63-acre, five parcel site, into 177 lots, in three phases, with a minimum single-family lot size of 2,800 sq. ft., and an average lot size of 3,837 sq. ft. The plat will have 71 front-loaded single-family detached lots, 36 front-loaded single-family detached lots off two shared access facilities, and 69 alley-loaded single-family detached lots. The plat includes:

  • forest buffers along the extension of Canyon View Blvd. E. and the eastern edge of Tehaleh;
  • internal forested open spaces;
  • an east-west allee (multi-use forested corridor) on the north edge of the platted lots;
  • an extension of North Forest Park;
  • a 59.51-acre future development tract to the north and west;
  • a 21.70-acre future development tract on the east side of the extension of Canyon View Blvd. E.;
  • three alley tracts; and
  • two shared access facility tracts.

Utility infrastructure necessary to serve this plat will be located in Tehaleh Phase 2; i.e., a sanitary sewer pump station to the north, a storm drainage facility to the west and connecting lines. The plat will be served by public water and sanitary sewers and will access an extension of Canyon View Blvd. E. at one point. The roads within the plat will be public. This plat is within Phase 1 of the Cascadia Employment Based Planned Community (EBPC) zone classification, located at 12700 – 13300 Blocks of Canyon View Blvd. E. (when extended), in Council District #1.


Project: Wetland Variance: Newingham

Application: 898354

Online Address:

Applicants: John and Kristie Newingham

Biologist: Mary Van Haren,

Request: Reduce the required 225-ft. Category II wetland buffer to 100 ft. in order to construct a single-family residence. The site is in the Rural 20 (R20) zone classification, located at 25520 – 186th St. 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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Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409



Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit: Iverson

Application: 892671

Online Address:

Applicant: Sherlyn and Robert Iverson

Planner: Robert Perez, Assistant Planner

Request: Revision to the 2007 shoreline permit #606521, to remove Condition 9 which states, “any existing buoys and floats shall be removed from this site at the time of final building permit inspection”. An existing float and buoy were removed but a buoy was later installed without proper permits and currently remains on site. The project is in the Rural Residential Shoreline Environment and Rural 10 (R10) zone classification of the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area, located at 523-7th Ave., Fox Island, 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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Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex), Public Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409



Project: Wetland Variance: Fox

Application: 898546

Online Address:

Applicants: Ricky and Jeanne Fox

Biologist: Scott Sissons,

Request: Reduce the required 25-ft. wetland buffer for a Category IV wetland to 0 ft. to construct an access driveway to the proposed single-family residence. The site is in the Rural 5 (R5) zone classification, located at 8711 – 58th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA, in Council District #7.


Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit / Shoreline Conditional Use Permit: Larson

Applications: 884455, 886076, 884457

Online Address:

Applicants: Robert and Jennifer Larson

Planner: Mojgan Carlson,

Request: Applicants request the following:

  • Construct a pool house, a pool, and a hot tub over 50 ft. from the bulkhead.
  • Construct various retaining walls, 4-ft. wide pathways, and stairs for beach access. New retaining walls will be limited to 6 ft. in height and over 50 ft. from the bulkhead.
  • Retain existing stairs, retaining walls, landscaping, and gates located north of the dock/pier.
  • Remove 2,129 sq. ft. of shoreline hardscape from the project site.
  • Remove the boathouse and marine railway located on Parcel #0121164006.
  • Remove and replace the existing boathouse and associated marine railway on Parcel #0121168008.
  • Remove and replace 277 linear ft. of the existing bulkhead with 145 linear ft. of a new bulkhead to create a sand/gravel beach.
  • Plant 2,500 sq. ft. of native vegetation along the shoreline.

All items are accessory to a single-family residence, on the eastern shore of Henderson Bay, in a Rural Residential Shoreline Environment, Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, and the Gig Harbor Community Plan area, located at 4824-105th Ave. Ct., 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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CVA Newsletter #42, December 2018

In its 14th year, the Donkey Creek Chum Festival attracted 850 visitors to the Harbor History Museum and CVA was there!

Key Peninsula/Peninsula/Islands Watershed Council Nets

$10,000 from Cider Swig Proceeds For Lu Winsor Grants

Barbara Ann Smolko of Surface Water Management accepts a check from the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation Board President Jud Morris.

With matching County funds and Peninsula Light donations, KGI will award around $25,000 in 2019 to individuals and groups who aim to enhance the natural environment through education or restoration projects in our area.

The next application round will be announced in March.

Watch for it on the KGI Watershed Council Facebook Page.

A Community Plan Amendment on native plant canopy is working its way through county hearings, next up is the Planning Commission, TBA in January.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT, Gig Harbor Community Plan, pg. E104

Goal GH ENV-14 The goal for tree canopy coverage shall be 75% within the Urban Sensitive Resource Overlay and the Rural Sensitive Resource zone to implement the Peninsula Open Space Corridors map.


Staff supports the proposal. Staff supports the proposal based on the following:

The proposal is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and Community Plan goals and

policies for the maintenance and restoral of native vegetation in the Rural Sensitive

Resource and the Urban Sensitive Resource Zones.

The Gig Harbor Community Plan’s direction to preserve native vegetation is supported

by supplemental plans such as the adopted Crescent Valley Biodiversity Management

Area (BMA) Stewardship Plan, which covers a large portion of the area that the policy

would apply to.

Our Crescent Valley Rural Sensitive Reserve area, farms and all, currently measures at 80% canopy coverage. Yay! (See CVA’s website to find the description on page 43 of the Stewardship Plan.) Besides enhancing our own properties, native plant canopy provides our neighbors these Public Benefits:

1. Free storm water management services. (i.e., slowing the rate of runoff, sending potential pollutants deep into the soil.)

2. Free aquifer recharge. (i.e., percolating rainwater deep through soil layers.)

3. Free anti-erosion services. (i.e., stabilizing slopes with root systems better and cheaper than bulkheading.)

4. Free cooling and warming services to our northwest soils and streams, as well as to our homes. (i.e., buffering the effects of strong winds, hard frosts, and droughts.)

5. Wildlife habitat. Our human developments punch holes in the web of life that grows timber and sustains salmon. Homes for birds, insects, and wild mammals are essential to preserve what our Community Plan calls “the nature of our community.” Neither the land, nor the nearshore, nor Puget Sound can remain healthy without preservation of substantial tree canopy.

6. Wildlife corridors. Wildlife must move from one type of habitat to another as the seasons change. Connected streams of tree canopy across our peninsula must be maintained because isolated patches of trees do not provide ecosystem services for wildlife or for us humans.

7. Human health and well-being. Trees scrub the air we breathe of pollutants while exchanging CO2 for oxygen. They cool and calm the human spirit.

8. Aesthetically pleasing surrounds. As much as the waters of the Salish Sea, trees are our view and our land value.

9. Carbon dioxide sequestration. Trees are an ally in reducing the percentage of the planet-heating CO2 in the mix of air we breathe.

Gosh, I hope I covered it all. (And did you know that some parcels larger than 2 acres can qualify for a tax rate reduction for providing these public benefits?) If you have questions or are interested in seeing the entire PDF for this amendment proposal, email Lucinda,

Draft of the New Buildable Lands document:


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


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.


Melissa Malott
Executive Director, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, (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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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


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.


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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