2 locals could join Tacoma’s Board of Building Appeals

Two local residents could be formally appointed to the City of Tacoma’s Board of Building Appeals.

The seven-member panel reviews and provides recommendations to Tacoma City Council on new additions, amendments, and proposed changes to the City of Tacoma’s Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, Dangerous Building, Minimum Housing, and Energy codes. The board also holds public hearings and makes decisions on appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Building Official or Fire Chief relative to the application and interpretation of the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, and Energy codes. Finally, the panel hears appeals of orders or decisions made by the Hearing Officer for the Dangerous Building or Minimum Housing codes.

In June, the City of Tacoma issued a call for applicants to fill two five-year terms on the board. Three candidates applied: Laurie Bischof, Dan Fishburn, and Kellene Richards. Tacoma City Council’s Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee conducted interviews during a public meeting in July.

Tacoma City Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on a resolution appointing Bischof and Richards to the City of Tacoma’s Board of Building Appeals during a public meeting on Tues., Aug. 12, at 5 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., City Council Chambers / First Floor, in downtown Tacoma.