City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, August 6, 2002
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Bldg. North
728 St. Helens Ave.
Car museum agreement
The City Council will review and discuss a proposed agreement to allow the LeMay car museum to rise up in the Tacoma Dome parking lot. The proposal describes the obligations of both the LeMay museum board and the City of Tacoma. The council also will consider five proposed amendments to the county-wide Planning Policies for Pierce County. The Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) recommended the amendments, which would go into effect if adopted by 60 percent of the jurisdictions in Pierce County, representing 75 percent of the population. The county-wide Planning Policies, required by the Growth Management Act, provide a framework for developing comprehensive plans. Some of the proposed amendments to the policies include:
– Mandating joint planning between the County and cities within municipal utility service areas. Previously, joint planning was required only within a city’s urban growth area.
– Deleting a requirement for the County and municipalities to designate three “tiers” within urban growth areas.
– Directing each city to annually provide inventory and permitting data to the County in a consistent format.
– Directing jurisdictions to plan, monitor and regulate development to protect critical habitat as part of the Endangered Species Act requirements.
Staff from the Tacoma Economic Development Department and Government Relations Office will ask the Council for direction on how to proceed on the proposed amendments. Mayor Bill Baarsma and Council Members Connie Ladenburg and Mike Lonergan represent the City of Tacoma on the PCRC.
Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.
Costco congestion
Costco parking lot access may soon get some relief. The council will vote on a proposed ordinance to condemn or purchase right-of-way property from the Metropolitan Park District-property that could help relieve traffic congestion in and around Costco. If the council approves the ordinance, the city will lead the effort to extend South Steele Street between the Costco store and South 35th Street. The road would run along the west side of Lincoln Heights Park. The council took public testimony July 30.
Sound off at City Council meeting
If you have any concerns or opinions you think the council should hear, share them at the Citizens’ Forum. The council will set aside part of its meeting to allow citizens to speak on any subject. The council meeting begins at 5 p.m. The Citizens’ Forum begins at approximately 6 p.m.
Public hearing: Carlton Building
On Aug. 13, the council will take public testimony on whether to apply for a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City would use the Community Development Block Grant Section 108 guarantee loan to purchase the Carlton Center office building at 1551 Broadway in Tacoma. Any citizen who wants to make public comment on the proposed loan can do so at the hearing, which will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m., Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Council Chambers, first floor.