Council Schedule Highlights Week of November 11th, 2019

Council Schedule Highlights Week of November 11th, 2019

Tuesday, November 11th, 2019

1:00 pm Special Council Meeting — Note special meeting time

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Access meeting materials at

Proposal №2019–70s, Countywide Planning Policies — Countywide Centers
Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

The Growth Management Act directs local governments to plan for growth and protect rural working and wild lands. Our regional growth strategy for the four county central Sound region is established at Puget Sound Regional Council.

Part of that strategy is the establishment of “growth centers” where we’ll focus more population and jobs, as well as infrastructure to serve those areas. Regional growth centers, areas with the most intense development, are establish at PSRC. Countywide centers, smaller and less dense, are established by agreement between the County and our constituent cities at Pierce County Regional Council. Each agency can establish their own local centers.

This is our first effort to approve creation of countywide growth centers. There will be more in the future. To start the list includes:

  • Sumner Town Center
  • 6th Avenue (Tacoma)
  • Lincoln (Tacoma)
  • Lower Pacific (Tacoma)
  • McKinley (Tacoma)
  • Narrows (Tacoma)
  • James Center (Tacoma/Fircrest/University Place)
  • Proctor (Tacoma)
  • South Tacoma Way (Tacoma)
  • Tacoma Central (Tacoma)
  • Upper Pacific (Tacoma)
  • Upper Portland (Tacoma)
  • Ruston Point (Tacoma/Ruston)
  • Downtown Bonney Lake

Proposal №2019–80s, Storm Drainage and Surface Water Management Service Charges
Sponsored by: Councilmember Douglas G. Richardson

Several years ago the County had several surface water basins which determined the fee charged to residents and businesses. Currently we have the same fee for all the unincorporated areas and I’ve been pushing for a fairer system based on impact. This is the staff’s current proposal.

Basically it charges a base rate for the rural areas. There are additional overlays for water quality in urban areas as well as those benefiting from flood control improvements in the rivers.

As you can see from the graphic, additional revenue will target fish barrier removal, water quality requirements from our federal pollution permit, as well as additional flood control. I’ll be looking for a way to expedite these projects. Puget Sound is in crisis and needs more immediate action.

Proposal №2019–85, 2020 Ad Valorem Tax Levies
Sponsored by: Councilmember Douglas G. Richardson

This is the annual property tax levy for county taxes. Most property taxes are collected by counties actually go to the State or other districts and cities.

One of the levies, first established after the Spanish-American War, is for Veterans Relief. It’s a small tax, just 1.3 cents per $1000 in valuation, but helps a lot of people with service related struggles.

I’m working on an amendment for a small increase to reduce the number of underserved veterans in Pierce County.

Proposal No. R2019–147, Regulation of Solar Electricity Infrastructure — Request for Code Analysis and Environmental Review
Sponsored by: Councilmembers Derek Young, Marty Campbell, Dave Morell, and Jim McCune

Peninsula Light, the utility cooperative serving the Key and Gig Harbor Peninsulas and islands, approached Pierce County with a bright idea. They want to install a “community solar project” on the capped landfill in Purdy. Its southern orientation and lack of trees make it the perfect location. There are also very few other things you can do on a landfill cap.

Then we ran into a problem. It turns out electricity generation isn’t a permitted use in rural zones. I strongly suspect this stems from the days when that would have been from an industrial process like gas or some other fuel. There are also other facilities ideally suited for these types of projects, like schools and fire stations.

The bill would direct staff to develop a recommendation and take it to the Planning Commission before returning to the Council. We’re on a relatively tight timeline because Pen Light has financing for the project that expires.

6:00 pm Special Council Meeting — Note special meeting time and location

Lacamas Community Center
32113 8th Avenue South
Roy, Washington

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Access meeting materials at

Roy Yelm Prairie Line Trail — Larry Leveen, ForeverGreen Trails, Project and Communications Coordinator

Pierce County Fair — Shelly Bennett, Fair Manager

Lacamas Fair and Lacamas Community Center — Holly Wood, Lacamas Community Center Secretary

Safe Streets — Denise Dunn and Renae Norris, Citizens

Roy Updates — Mayor Anthony McDaniel and Police Chief Darwin Armitage

My Weekly Calendar

A couple of years ago 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. Now I’m adding a link to the calendar as well. 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.