Friends of Pierce County


Six-month Temporary Moratorium on New Residential Development
City Council Meeting of March 26th, 2018
At the March 26th City Council meeting, the City will hold a public hearing and take public testimony on the passage of Ordinance No.1383, immediately imposing a six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain residential development applications. The public is welcome to provide comments as described on below. Also at this meeting, the City will be considering a contract for a consultant to assist the Planning Department in the work plan for the moratorium. 
Public Hearing Comments:
All persons will have an opportunity to present their oral comments at the public hearing which is during the City Council meeting that starts at 5:30pm. Those wishing to submit written comments may do so at the hearing, by submitting them to the City Council via the Planning Department, by e-mail at or by facsimile at (253) 858-6408. All written comments should be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018.

More information on the moratorium can be found on the City’s Residential Moratoriumwebpage.

Click on the link below for more information on the City of Gig Harbor Municipal Code (GHMC)
Click here for a complete list of all upcoming meetings
Click here for a complete list of all public notices
 City of Gig Harbor | 3510 Grandview St | Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | (253) 851-6170 | (253) 858-6408 (fax) 

Your Weekly Planning Department
Notices for March 15th, 2018


Staff has provided draft materials for the following applications. Please review in detail the attached staff report and the associated documents for each permit.

1.PL-COMP-17-0001: 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments.  (5pm – 6:30 pm)
  1. Introduction. Reviewed on February 1, 2018, still need to finalize edits and recommend element is ready for public outreach/hearing.
  2. Land Use Element. Reviewed on February 1, 2018, still need to finalize edits and recommend element is ready for public outreach/hearing.
  3. Economic Development Element. Reviewed on February 1, 2018, still need to finalize edits and recommend element is ready for public outreach/hearing.
  4. Parks, Recreation and Open Space Element. Originally provided for March 1, 2018 meeting, review was continued to March 15, 2018 due to time constraints. The version provided for today’s meeting has been edited since the March 1 meeting. Edits made for consistency with the 2016 adopted Parks, Recreation and Open Space plan adopted under Ordinance No.1335. Staff requests the Commission review the edits and direct staff to make any adjustments or corrections necessary to have a recommended draft.
  5. Connect the Gig
  • Transportation Element. Reviewed on March 1, 2018. Adjustments based upon comments provided will be discussed at April 5th Meeting date.
  • Gig on the Go (Active Transportation Plan). Provided for March 1, 2018 meeting, review was continued to March 15, 2018 due to time constraints. Staff and consultant firm will review the draft plan, provide input from the Parks Commission who reviewed the document at their February 7th meeting, and request direction or adjustments from the Planning Commission in preparation for public outreach and hearings.
                   6   Capital Facilities Element. Edits related to the PROS update of 2016 to be reviewed for consistency.

2.PL-COMP-17-0004: Henderson Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map Amendment and Associated Development Agreement. (6:30pm – 8pm)
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  
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. City Council Public Hearing on Moratorium, March 26th at 5:30pm at the Civic Center.
Notice of Public Meeting: Henderson Burnham LLC - Development Agreement and Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment - PL-DEV-17-0001 / PL-COMP-17-0004 | Apex Engineering, Mel Garland.

Please contact Senior Planner Lindsey Sehmel
Notice of Public Hearing: Six-month Temporary Moratorium on New Residential Development - Ordinance No. 1383 | City of Gig Harbor.

Please contact Planning Director Jennifer Kester
Public Notices
Notice of Application:  Cottages at Rosedale Village - PL-SDP-16-0006/PL-SPR-16-0009/PL-BLA-16-0008/PL-DR-16-0239/PL-SEPA-16-0021/PL-WET-16-0003/PL-ALP-17-0001/PL-SPP-18-0002 | Norpoint Communities.

Please contact Associate Planner, Carl de Simas
Hearing Examiner Hearing | March 15th, 2018 - CANCELLED
Design Review Board | March 22nd, 2018 - CANCELED
Hearing Examiner Hearing | April 5th, 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 or 253-853-7625 with your questions. 

Notice of County Council Hearings for Proposal No. 2018-13

This is notice of the Community Development Committee and final Council hearings on Proposal No. 2018-13.

An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Pierce County Code Chapter 4A.10, "Impact Fees – General Requirements," and Chapter 4A.30, "School Impact Fees," Increasing the Maximum Fee Obligation and Modifying the Inflation Indexing Methodology; and Setting an Effective Date.
(School Impact Fees) 

The Final Council hearing on this proposal will be determined at a later date. 

The Community Development Committee hearing is set for Monday, March 19, 2018, at 1:30 pm. Use the following link for the weekly Council Meeting Schedule, which includes the Committee hearing agenda, location and time: 

Use the following link for Proposal information, including hearing dates and related documents:

You are receiving this email because your email address is on one or more of the Council's interested parties lists for related issues. If you signed up for notification via the County's online Notify Me service, you can amend your account and remove or modify notifications by topic here: 

For more information or assistance in modifying your notification preferences, please use the email below. 

Jenifer Schultz, Committee Clerk
Pierce County Council 
(253) 798-6696 

From Councilmember Young: 

Councilmember Young is requesting your feedback on the attached amendment. 

The intent behind the amendment is to provide schools and public safety service uses the same communication tools in rural areas of the County as currently allowed in urban area.  In the event of an emergency, the school district or fire district could quickly post timely public safety information on an electronic sign.  The restrictions on display time and message requirements (i.e. static images, etc.) would be consistent between both urban and rural areas.  As you know, there are many elementary and junior high schools in the rural zones within Council District 7.

The hearing on the proposed amendment is scheduled for March 20.  Councilmember Young would appreciate your feedback as soon as possible.

Here's the attachment: 2017-89s amd1 PC.docx

From Pierce County: 


March 1, 2018


Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board


Pierce County is seeking applicants for the Surface Water Management Advisory Board (SWAB). The appointee will fill a term that lasts two years. This position is unpaid.


To learn more about the board and access an application, The county is building a registry of applications to fill future vacancies. Applications may be made at any time.


SWAB is a Pierce County Executive-appointed, Council-confirmed advisory board on surface water management issues in unincorporated Pierce County. The board meets monthly.


Applicants can contact Melissa McFadden, Planning and Public Works assistant county engineer and surface water manager at with any questions.



Melissa McFadden, Planning and Public Works assistant county engineer and surface water manager

(253) 798-2159


Mike Livingston-Halliday, Planning and Public Works public information specialist

(253) 798-4210

From the Pierce Conservation District:

We are excited to gather with you on March 5, 2018 at Pierce Conservation District for the initial convening of the City Habitats – Pierce County.  The focus of the meeting will be to understand the origin of City Habitats – Pierce County and work together to develop the vision and goals of this convening / collaboration moving forward.  I hope you can join us!  If you are not able to join us – check out the agenda below and let me know if you have questions or contributions.  We will also share out notes following the meeting.

Agenda  Refreshments will be provided!

1:30 – Welcome & Background for Convening

1:45 – Introductions – Attendees will have the opportunity to share why they are attending the meeting

2:05 – Initial Vision for Convening – TNC will share initial ideas for this convening that developed through partner conversations and research

2:20 – Discussion and Prioritization – Collectively share and discuss vision / objectives / goals for a convening & collaboration.  

3:20 – Wrap-up and Next Steps

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Also please feel free to forward this invitation on to others.

We recognize that it is a full agenda – but hopefully it’ll set a good stage for future conversations!

Contact: Hannah Kett <hannah.kett@TNC.ORG>

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.


Counting Farmlands – from American Farmland Trust

Every five years, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture.  The Census is the most comprehensive source of information about the nation’s farms and ranches. The Census helps us understand trends, identify issues, and make the case for policies and programs that support producers and protect agricultural land.

The NASS encourages producers to respond online at to take advantage of new time-saving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices.

American Farmland Trust used data from the most recent 2012 Census of Agriculture, which was released in 2014, to:

  • Understand the extent of agriculture and how much land supports the current level of production. Nationwide, 2.1 million farms cover 914,527,657 acres. Farmers and ranchers manage 40.5 percent of the U.S. total land area.
  • Provide information about the economic health of farm and ranch operations. In 2012, farms and ranches generated more than $394.6 billion in agricultural sales, up 32.8 percent from 2007. Farm production expenses also increased by about $88 billion. Overall, U.S. farms still realized a $92 billion increase in net cash income, which was up 29.3 percent from 2007. 
  • Track information about farm operator age and the amount of land they own. The average age of operators is now 58.3. There are nearly six times as many operators 65 and older as 34 and younger. Older operators farm 32 percent of U.S. agricultural land and own 73 percent of these acres.
  • Give us data about the next generation of farmers. The number and percentage of beginning farmers has reached a 30-year low. Just between 2007 and 2012, the number of beginners dropped 20 percent to 469,098.

Policymakers, service providers and advocates use the data garnered from the Census to help us understand trends, identify issues, and make the case for policies and programs that support producers and protect agricultural land.

If you are a farmer or rancher, please take time to fill in your census questionnaire by February 5, 2018. NASS encourages producers to respond online at to take advantage of new time-saving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices.

More information about the Census of Agriculture is available at

Go to:

Be counted. Respond to the Census of Agriculture today.  

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

     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

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, 

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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