City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

TPU 10-year management study
The City Council and Tacoma Public Utility Board will hold a joint study session. The Steering Committee has completed its review of the Barrington Wellesley Group’s Public Utilities 10-year management report and will present its recommendations. The public may attend, but the council will not take comment. CityPost – Channel 77 on Comcast, Channel 85 on Click! – will air the audio portion of the study session live.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Disaster preparedness
The City Council will consider an offer of $15,000 from Pierce County to help train citizens in disaster preparedness and response. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to protect themselves, their families and neighbors in neighborhood emergencies.

New housing for downtown
Theatre Triangle, LLC may get a $120,000-per-year property tax exemption to build 26 new condominiums at 410 – 6th Ave. A resolution before the City Council would give the company a Multi-Family Housing Limited Property Tax Exemption for the two- and three-bedroom units. Theatre Triangle expects to spend approximately $7 million on the project that will provide employment for 20 to 30 residential construction workers. The units will run from 1,300 – 2,000 square feet and range in price from $300,000 to $500,000. The council will take public comment before voting on the measure.

Stormwater treatment grant funds
City Council members will consider accepting a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The grant will assist the City in assessing the sources of contaminants in stormwater discharging to the Thea Foss waterway and evaluate and/or develop treatment and source control strategies.

Salishan HOPE VI project flexibility
The Salishan area, a World War II worker housing project on Tacoma’s east side, is about to undergo a major redevelopment. However, the redevelopment will take place within the area’s basic neighborhood development pattern and within the confines of existing roads, utilities and other infrastructure. The project’s large size, multiple funding sources, innovative housing types and unique site conditions create a need for flexibility in the application of the city’s development regulations. The city can provide that flexibility through the federal Housing Cooperation Law, which provides special authority for the city to modify its development rules for housing authority projects. Under an ordinance up for public comment, the city and the Tacoma Housing Authority – in the interest of moving ahead with redevelopment and remedying the area’s currently unsafe and unsanitary conditions – would enter into an agreement to modify land use and zoning regulations and move the project forward.

Public hearing
A public hearing on amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code is set for Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., at City Council Chambers (747 Market St.).