Council Schedule Highlights Week of November 20th, 2017

Council Schedule Highlights Week of November 20th, 2017

Monday, NOVEMBER 20th, 2017

1:30pm Community Development Committee
Derek Young, Chair
Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair
Rick Talbert
Jim McCune
Pam Roach


This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Electronic meeting material can be accessed at Video archives are available at

Pierce Conservation District, 2017 Overview and 2018 Work Program Presenter: Ryan Mello, Executive Director, Pierce Conservation District

Our regular update from the Conservation District and their work for Pierce County property owners.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017


Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Electronic meeting material can be accessed at

Proposal №2017–61s2Proposal №2017–62s2Proposal №2017–73s3,Proposal №2017–80Proposal No. R2017–108s

These are the budget bills. Each either directs spending, establishes policy, requires reporting, or directs study by the departments. You can expect several more amendments from the Council and then final passage.

I’ll have more on the budget once it’s finalized. For now, here’s the TNT’s story.

Proposal No. R2017–131, Tacoma Tideflats Subarea Planning Process A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Declaring Pierce County’s Desire to Participate in the Tacoma Tideflats Subarea Planning Process and Requesting the Executive Negotiate an Interlocal Agreement with Relevant Jurisdictions that Assures an Appropriate County Role in the Process.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Douglas G. Richardson

This bill came to the Council by request of the Executive.

For background, the City of Tacoma has begun work on a subarea plan for the seaport industrial area on Commencement Bay. It would establish land use regulations as well as capital facility and transportation investments. You may have heard about the interim regulations voted on by the City Council last week.

The City has invited the Port and Puyallup Tribe to partner in this process, though the City remains solely responsible for the final decisions. Both are major property owners in the Tideflats. In addition, the Puyallup Land Claim Settlement requires consultation with the Tribe on land use decisions in the area.

I don’t see the reason for the County’s involvement however. While we have many countywide responsibilities like criminal justice, human services, and public health, this planning work is not. Where there County does have an interest, we can can submit comments on proposals.

We’ve made progress rebuilding relationships between local governments that have historically not been great. This would be a step backward.

While everyone in the County benefits from the Port, Tacomans most directly feel the negative impacts. Adding the County undermines their voice. We’re already represented by countywide officeholders in members of the Port Commission. There’s no reason to add more from outside Tacoma.

I will be voting no.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Office Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Office Closed

My Weekly Calendar

Earlier this year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I’m just going to start publishing screen shots. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.