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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



Spaces available! Learn about Green Building

  

Advance registration required

www.cityoftacoma.org/workshops

or call (253) 573-2426

 

Build Green, Build Small Part 1 (Site Characteristics)

Saturday, June 23, 1:30 PM

Build Sustainably: Careful planning and site analysis can maximize site advantages 
and minimize the impact of construction on our health and natural surroundings. 
Learn basic information for residential site analysis and planning prior to development.

> Site attributes, physical placement of structures; design elements
> Air Quality, energy, water and solar efficiencies
> Low impact landscaping and stormwater management
> Ordinances, permits, zoning (setbacks, height, etc.)
> Checklist, terminology, links, and resources to learn more

 

Build Green, Build Small Part 2 (Building Structure & Materials)

Saturday, June 30 10:30 AM

Green buildings are designed to address the building life-cycle from design 
and construction to operation, and maintenance and 
reduce the overall impact 
of the built environment on the natural environment. Sustainable choices include:

> How to incorporate green building concepts in projects
> Green building standards and sustainable material choices
> Benefits and relative costs of green building
> Deconstruction and disposal of waste materials
> Checklist, terminology, links, and resources to learn more

 

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

Directions on website:  www.cityoftacoma.org/EnviroHouse  

 

Workshops open to Tacoma & Pierce County residents. 
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse email: ehouse@cityoftacoma.org
Public Hours: 
 Wed.-Fri.: 10-5; Sat.-Sun.: 11-5



From Pierce County: 

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA PIERCE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 9:30 A.M. Public Meeting Room, 2401 So. 35th St., Tacoma
 
I.  CALL TO ORDER
II.  DIRECTOR’S REPORT
III.  MINUTES
IV. PUBLIC HEARINGS
Amendments to Pierce County Codes, continued
The Planning Commission continues review of proposed amendments to Pierce County Construction and Infrastructure Regulations:  Title 17A, Site Development and Stormwater Drainage; Title 17B, Road and Bridge Design and Construction Standards; Title 17C, Building and Fire Codes; and the Manual on Design Guidelines and Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction in Pierce County; and Pierce County Development Regulations:  Title 18A, Zoning; Title 18E, Critical Areas; Title 18F, Boundary Changes; Title 18G, Conservation Programs; and Title 18J, Design Standards and Guidelines; relating to Low Impact Development (LID).
 
Contact:  Mitch Brells, Engineering Manager, 253-798-3755
V. JOINT STUDY SESSION
Amendments to Pierce County Code on Traffic Impact Fees The Pierce County Planning Commission and the Transportation Advisory Commission will conduct a joint study session to discuss proposed amendments to Pierce County Code Chapter 4A.10 and Chapter 4A.40 as it relates to Traffic Impact Fees.  The Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC), a nine-member commission established by the County Council and County Executive, has met on the issue of traffic impact fees for a period of over a year.  The purpose of this study session is for the TAC to brief the Planning Commission of the topics covered in their study of the Traffic Impact Fee (TIF) Program and discuss proposed revisions to the current TIF Program.  No action will be taken at this Study Session.
 
Contact:  Jesse Hamashima, 253-798-2760
 
VI. OTHER BUSINESS
 
VII. ADJOURNMENT
 
NOTE: The Planning Commission is principally an advisory board to the Pierce County Council.  Actions taken by the Planning Commission on almost all agenda items will be forwarded to the County Council as a recommendation for its consideration and final action. 
 
 Questions should be directed to the Planning staff at the Pierce County Public Services Building, 2401 So. 35th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409, or by calling 253-798-7156.
 



From Pierce County Planning & Public Works:

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, JULY 11, 2018
 
 
HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M:
 
Project: Time Extension: South Hill Estates Preliminary Plat Application: 866837 Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=866837 Applicant: South Hill Investments, LLC Planner:  Robert Jenkins, rob.jenkins@piercecountywa.gov Request: Per the request of the Pierce County Hearing Examiner, the above case is scheduled for a public hearing to consider plat revocation and a potential 14th Year Time Extension. The project is in the Residential Resource zone classification and South Hill Community Plan area, located a minimum of 3,600 feet southeast of Sunrise Blvd. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #1.
 
 
HEARING TIME: 11:00 A.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:
 
Project: Major Amendment to Nonconforming Use Permit: Narrows Self Storage Application: 885792 Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=885792 Applicant: Cornerstone Capital LLC Planner:  Cory Ragan, cory.ragan@piercecountywa.org Request: To occupy more than the allowed 5,000 sq. ft. for certain use types within the Narrows Business Park. The proposed expansion will add 925 sq. ft. to an existing exercise studio and 1,438 sq. ft. to a dog daycare. The site is in the Rural 10 (R10) zone classification within the Gig Harbor Community Plan area, located at 3201, 3209, and 3303 Jahn Avenue 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.



From Pierce County Planning & Public Works: 

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
 
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018
 
HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M:
 
Project: Shoreline Substantial Development Permit: SD36-14 (Knutson) Application: 792213 Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=792213 Applicants: Running Bear Partners, Inc., and Knutson Farms, Inc. Planner:  Andrew Van Gordon, andrew.vangordon@piercecountywa.gov Request: Use one half of a previously approved stormwater outfall and construct an associated 42” stormwater pipe. The outfall will disburse stormwater into the Puyallup River. The stormwater pipe and outfall area to be used are for the benefit of a 2.6-million sq. ft. proposed commercial warehouse complex. The site is in the Alderton-McMillin Community Plan Area, Conservancy Shoreline Environment, and Employment Center (EC) zone classification, located at or near 6719 - 134th Ave. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #2.
 
Project: Environmental Appeal: Knutson Farms Industrial Project Applications: 863184 (City of Puyallup); 863309 (Puyallup Tribe of Indians) Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=863184 https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=863309 Appellants: City of Puyallup and Puyallup Tribe of Indians Planner:  Marcia Lucero, marcia.lucero@piercecountywa.gov Request: Appellants allege that a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS #792210) issued by Pierce County on April 26, 2017, was issued in error, and asks that it be withdrawn and a Determination of Significance (DS) be issued by the City of Puyallup for the proposal.  The site is in the Employment Center (EC) zone classification, located at or near 6719 - 134th Ave. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #2.
 
Project: Administrative Appeal: Knutson Preliminary Short Plat Application: 863849 Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=863849 Appellant: City of Puyallup, Joseph N. Beck, City Attorney Planner:  Marcia Lucero, marcia.lucero@piercecountywa.gov Request: Appeal the May 24, 2017, Preliminary Approval Decision of the Knutson Short Plat, within the Employment Center (EC) zone classification, located at or near 6719 - 134th Ave. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #2.
 
 
Note: The Hearing Examiner’s decision is final unless appealed. Please call (253) 798-7210 for further information. 






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







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, JUNE 20, 2018

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M:


Project: Preliminary Plat / Administrative Design Review: Rogers Landing Applications: 876848, 876851

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=876848

Applicant: Capstone Homes, Inc.

Planner: Donna Rhea, donna.rhea@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Subdivide a 2.08-acre project site (1.75 net developable acres) into 11 lots with an average lot size of 6,999 sq. ft., to be served by public utilities and sanitary sewer. The site is within the Moderate Density Single-Family (MSF) zone classification, with minimum density of four dwelling units per acre with a maximum density of six dwelling units per acre, and the South Hill Community Plan area at 12420 – 86th Ave. E., Puyallup, WA, in Council District #2.


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


Project: Administrative Appeal: Harris

Application: 884140

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=884140

Appellant: Mary Harris

County Contact: Stephen Mauer, stephen.mauer@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Appeal of a Final Notice and Order to Correct and Notice of Violation and Abatement, issued by a Pierce County Administrative Official on March 29, 2018. Parcel #0319133038 is in the Mid-County Community Plan area and Rural Separator zone classification, located at 14320 Bingham Ave. E, Tacoma, WA, in Council District #3.


OVER

Hearing Examiner Agenda June 20, 2018

Page 2


HEARING TIME: 1:00 P.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:

Project: Shoreline Variance: Guarino

Application: 879596

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=879596

Applicants: Peter and Lisa Guarino

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

Request: Demolish an existing residence and replace with an expanded detached single-family residence, within 50 ft. of the Ordinary High-Water Mark of Lake Tapps, in the Rural- Residential Shoreline Environment and Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, located at 21204 Island Parkway E., Lake Tapps, WA, in Council District #1.


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

Project: Major Amendment to Preliminary Plat: Trilogy West at Tehaleh Application: 880089

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=880089

Applicant: Nash Cascadia Verde LLC

Planner: Robert Jenkins, rob.jenkins@piercecountywa.gov

Request: Major amendment to the approved 341-lot single-family detached preliminary plat as follows:

  1. Extend the southern boundary of the preliminary plat to match the boundary of Phase

    1 of the Tehaleh Employment Based Planned Community (EBPC) Planned Unit Development (PUD) and add 6.49 acres to the original 168.86-acre plat

  2. Reduce the number of single-family detached lots to 289

  3. Add 46 zero-lot-line single-family lots

  4. Replace the 57-lot single-family detached Phase 5 with a 16.8-acre senior housing lot

  5. Reserve a 22.2-acre tract on the west end of the plat for future development

  6. Modify the internal road network

The lots and tracts of the first two final plats will not change with this Amendment, except for 108.67-acre Tract A of the Trilogy West at Tehaleh Phases II and III Final Plat, reserved for Phases 4-7 of the original plat, which will be modified as discussed above. Tract A will include 139 single-family detached lots, 46 zero-lot-line single-family lots, a senior housing lot, forest buffer tracts along Cascadia Blvd. E. and the Tehaleh boundary, allees (forested multi-use corridors), wetland/wetland buffer tracts, a stormwater retention facility, a park, and a 22.2-acre future development tract (currently shown as Lot 336). The plat will be served by public water and sanitary sewers. Except for the senior housing lot, all lots will access Cascadia Blvd. E. at one location, with additional access to Cascadia Blvd. through the plat of Trilogy at Tehaleh to the east, and future access to Tehaleh Blvd. to the west. All roads within the plat will be public. This plat is within Phase 1 of the EBPC zone classification, located at 17300-18600 Blocks of Cascadia Blvd. E., in Council District #1.


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



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, JUNE 27, 2018

HEARING TIME: 9:00 A.M.

The following appeals were continued from May 30, 2018

Project: Administrative Appeal: Van

Application: 882739

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=882739

Appellants: Tazmina Verjee-Van and Brian Van

Planner: Ray Hoffmann, rhoffmn3@co.pierce.wa.us

Request: Appeal of a March 13, 2018, Final Notice and Order to Correct and Notice of Violation and Abatement, by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in a Rural Residential Shoreline Environment and Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, located at 4225 Lakeridge Dr. E., Lake Tapps, WA, in Council District #3.


Project: Administrative Appeal: Van

Application: 885754

Online Address: https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/permitSearch/permit/departmentStatus?applPermitId=885754

Appellants: Tazmina Verjee-Van and Brian Van

Planner: Ray Hoffmann, rhoffmn3@co.pierce.wa.us

Request: Appeal of an April 23, 2018, Civil Penalty Notice, by a Pierce County Administrative Official. The site is in a Rural Residential Shoreline Environment and Rural 10 (R10) zone classification, located at 4225 Lakeridge Dr. E., Lake Tapps, WA, in Council District #3.


HEARING TIME: 1:00 P.M., OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE:

The following appeal was continued from May 9, 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, smauer@co.pierce.wa.us

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.



FOLK (Friends of Lake Kapowsin) Event Dates:

WDFW WATER ACCESS SITE - 29405 Orville Rd E, Graham, WA 98338

May 10 – 5:30 – 7:00 (7:30 if needed)    Planning Meeting

                        probably at Graham Fire station 94

June 14 - 5:30 – 7:30   Planning Meeting

                        probably at Graham Fire station 94

July 7 - 10 to 2 PM 2018 Lake Celebration Event

                        WDFW WATER ACCESS SITE - 29405 Orville Rd E, Graham, WA 98338


Lake Kapowsin Appreciation Day July 7, 2018

What: Lake Kapowsin Appreciation Day to celebrate Lake Kapowsin with displays and activities for adults and kids about the history of the area, water safety with US coast guard, geology, fish and fishing, nature, birds, frogs and animals, and special info about the lake.

Where: Lake Kapowsin, Dept of Fish and Wildlife boat launch

  • ·      29405 Orville Rd E, Graham, WA 98338

When: July 7, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m.

Why: 

  • ·      Lake Kapowsin is a unique ecological treasure in the region
  • ·      There was once a bustling town along the shore (unknown to many)
  • ·      Bring the community together for a fun celebration
  • ·      Learn really cool things about Lake Kapowsin

Who should attend: Everyone! Especially families and kids, and anyone that cares about this special lake

How you can help: Bring an Activity or Display or help with planning (contact Birdie Davenport 360-902-1073 or roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov)

Sponsor the event: donate supplies or printing, loan canopies

Facebook:   Friends of Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve https://www.facebook.com/groups/333706367071860/ 

                          

Email: FOLK Aquatic Reserve folkaquaticreserve@gmail.com


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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