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Jun 11

Mayor's Update June 8, 2018

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 9:29 AM by Joshua Stecker

Last week the City officially closed on the purchase of the wooded property at the corner of Soundview and Harborview from the Haub family. The purchase included the forested area, which will be preserved as a park with trails and a rental home that may someday be converted to a public use area - possibly a building for public use, a pavilion for outdoor concerts, public parking, or a combination of these options. It is down the road, but it will be for our citizens, City, and Council to decide. Volunteer work parties are scheduled for the 4th Saturday of each month this summer (July 28, August 25, and September 22) from 9am -12pm to clean up the wooded area of trash, non-native vegetation and to cut trails.
 
On May 29th Council voted to accept the donation of land off Hunt Street on the west side of SR16 from Pierce Transit for the specific use of the FISH food bank. FISH is working on raising the necessary funds to develop a facility that will enable them to serve the community for a long time to come. City staff will work with FISH to prepare the property.
 
Monday’s Council Meeting (June 11 at 5:30 p.m.) is a chance for all residents to come and express their thoughts on the proposal for the new Sports Complex on Harbor Hill. It is not so much about option 1 or option 2, but more to get fields, roads, and funding secured with partners and “get ‘r done”. Our hope is to start phase 1 and then right away study the need and funding to go to phase 2. Then we will do the same for phase 3. We will approach it in phases as the funding and need is proven. The current proposal for the site can be viewed here.
 
Also on May 29th, Council adopted the first group of code changes related to the ongoing moratorium on residential building. The Planning Commission is reviewing potential Group 2 amendments related to:
 

  • Removal of critical area buffers from net buildable lands calculation
  • Changes to minimum and maximum residential densities
  • tree preservation in short plats,
  • parking standards in full subdivisions.  

 
These should come before Council in July for adoption. Further revisions to be considered include:
 
  • bulk and dimensional table changes,
  • coordinating changes with Pierce County on the Urban Growth Area,
  • review of residential densities and uses for DB, C-1 and B-2 districts,
  • Conversion of R-2 districts south of 92nd and west of Burnham to RB-1 district and/or restrict the development of triplexes and fourplexes. 

 
Coffee with Kit at the MarKee Coffee Shop (5275 Olympic Dr. NW) is typically held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 a.m. However, with a busy summer schedule ahead, the next session is planned for Tuesday, September 4th. 
 
The parade last weekend was great as was the music in the park and all the festivities. The Blessing of the Fleet is always a highlight for myself as it relates so much to our heritage and culture. We are blessed for all those that have touched our lives and should never take life for granted. We have a great community and I am honored to be a part of it.