February 14, 2018
On February 12, 2018, the City Council passed Ordinance 1383 declaring an immediate six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain residential development applications. At a January 31st council worksession, many councilmembers expressed the need for a moratorium. It started with several councilmembers wanting a complete moratorium. As Mayor, I tried to pinpoint where their concerns were so there would not be broad repercussions. As a result, the moratorium was narrowed down to only include residential development. This exempted the following:
- Permits for one single-family home on an existing recorded lot
- Permits for repair, restoration, refurbishment, replacement and remodels of existing residential dwellings
- Permits for additions to single-family homes
- Permits for accessory uses and structures
- Boundary line adjustments
It also excludes vested homes and projects that already have a complete application filed. Presently, there are 1200 homes that can be built under this category.
We were the fastest growing city in Pierce County in 2017. There is a need for responsible growth. I have tried to guide the council forward to make decisions. As Mayor, I do not even vote unless there is a tie. Council passed this ordinance 6-1.
Our city prides itself on transparency. A moratorium is used under emergency measures and is not something that is widely publicized prior to enacting.
By law, we have to allow public comment within 60 days of the moratorium. We are not going to wait that long to hear the citizens voice. At the March 26, 2018 City Council meeting, there will be a public hearing on the ordinance and we will take public testimony. I encourage anyone who wishes to speak on this topic to attend the meeting so that Councilmembers can listen to your views. After the public hearing, the Council may continue, modify, or repeal the moratorium. If continued, a work plan will also be adopted.
As Mayor of Gig Harbor, I feel I represent not only the 10,000 citizens that live in our city limits, but the other 55,000 that surround our city and call Gig Harbor home. They all work here, shop here, play here.
My goals as Mayor are:
1. Transparent Government and respect for citizens. Provide accurate communication to and from our citizens.
2. Preserve the Character and culture of our Maritime city and strengthen our downtown business district.
3. Protect Our Environment. Protecting our beautiful bay, natural evergreens, and spectacular mountain views.
4. Responsible Growth. Have infrastructure concurrent to development to create a vibrant city while maintaining our small-town feel.
Mayor Kit Kuhn