Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 19th, 2018

Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 19th, 2018

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Monday, MARCH 19th, 2018

10:00am Rules Committee

Douglas G. Richardson, Chair
Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair
Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore

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Proposal No. R2018-32, Initiating an Evaluation of a Prohibition of the Siting of Supervised Drug Consumption Sites A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Expressing its Intention to Prohibit the Siting of Supervised Drug Consumption Sites in Unincorporated Pierce County; Requesting the Planning and Public Works Department to Conduct an Evaluation of Potential Amendments to Title 18 and Title 18A of the Pierce County Code, Conduct the Necessary Environmental Review, and Forward the Proposal to the Planning Commission for Review and Recommendations Back to the County Council by a Date Certain.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Jim McCune and Pam Roach

As I mentioned in the TNT story on this bill, I’ll vote yes because it doesn’t change anything. There is no proposal for injection or consumption sites to preempt, nor would I support one. I am 100% focused on ensuring that there is enough treatment available for people who want it, as is our task force. I wish the energy spent on this was directed toward that end.

1:30pm Community Development Committee

Rick Talbert, Chair
Dan Roach, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson
Derek Young
Jim McCune

Proposal No. 2018-9, Amending Land Use Advisory Commissions, Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Chapter 2.45 of the Pierce County Code, “Land Use Advisory Commissions,” Related to the Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

There was an experiment to combine the Key Peninsula Community Council and Land Use Advisory Committee. Overall I think it’s been successful, but the size of the body has made quorums difficult. This will keep the combined system, while reducing the number of committee.

New construction home framing against sky

Proposal No. 2018-13, School Impact Fees An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Related to School Impact Fees; Amending Pierce County Code (PCC) Chapter 4A.30, “School Impact Fees”, Including Increasing the Maximum Fee Obligation and Modifying the Inflation Indexing Methodology; Amending PCC Chapter 4A.10, “Impact Fees – General Requirements”; and Setting an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

Impact fees are designed to make new development help pay for its impact to services. This would be the first significant increase in construction impact fees for schools in over a decade. Read more here.

Tuesday, MARCH 20th, 2017

9:30am Select Committee on Human Services

Connie Ladenburg, Chair
Rick Talbert, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson

Discussion of Opioid Summit

I’ll update the committee on the Opioid Summit we convened last month, provide an update on the feedback we received, next steps, as well as some developments in the Legislature and Congress.

3:00pm Council Meeting

Proposal No. 2017-89s, Development Regulations – Amendments An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting Amendments to the Pierce County Codes, Title 18, “Development Regulations – General Provisions”, Title 18A – “Development Regulations – Zoning”, Title 18B – “Development Regulations – Signs”, Title 18F – “Development Regulations – Land Divisions and Boundary Changes”, Title 18H – “Development Regulations – Forest Practices”, and Title 18J – “Development Regulations – Design Standards and Guidelines”; Adopting Findings of Fact, and Setting an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

This is a regulatory update to our land use and development code. The proposal will reduce conflicting language, update policies, and remove unnecessarily burdensome regulation.

I’ve got a couple amendments. One that will add back vegetative buffers in areas where they are found in the local community plans. Based on testimony from our hearing, I’m also sponsoring an amendment restoring the side yard setbacks in rural zones. Rural fire departments felt that it posed a risk without adopting additional fire protection regulations.

Proposal No. 2018-9, Amending Land Use Advisory Commissions, Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Chapter 2.45 of the Pierce County Code, “Land Use Advisory Commissions,” Related to the Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

See the same ordinance in Community Development Committee above.

Wednesday, MARCH 21st, 2017

12:00pm Special Meeting of the Pierce County Council
930 Tacoma Avenue South – Courtroom 100 1st Floor – County City Building Tacoma WA 98402

For the purpose of inviting Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier to present his “State of the County” Address.

The Executive set the bar high last year with a very well delivered and received speech. He touched on a number of his priorities and new initiatives. I don’t know what he has in store this year, but you can expect he’ll update on the progress made over the last year as well.

If you can’t make it in person, PCTV will be streaming it live. Details here.

My Weekly Calendar

Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. 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.