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The Residential Resource Zone (RR Zone) designation protects our most environmentally sensitive areas and accordingly has the lowest density of all zones, allowing only 1-3 Dwelling Units per acre (see info below).
On March 21st, 2023, the Pierce County Council amended the code to allow “Shared Housing” in the RR Zones of Parkland/Spanaway/Midland ONLY. The RR Zone in other communities still prohibit "shared housing".
To “allow” the Pierce County Village for the chronically Homeless to be built in an environmentally sensitive and critical watershed area.
The Village was allowed to apply for a permit in the one month period when Ord. 2023-5s was in effect.
Appeal to the Hearing Examiner to not allow the Village to be permitted. Public testimony and our Attorney will be the key to success.
Zoom in to see the details. Does this look like "low-density" to you?
"Low-Barrier" housing complex for "Pierce County's chronically homeless" Over 300 buildings in a critical environmental area.
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On October 4, 2022, the Council updated the Residential Use Code which included allowing "Shared Housing" and language for counting "Sleeping Units" as .25 of a house. This was a significant Code change with anemic Public Notice. There are only 3 comments, none of which address "Shared Housing".
On December 6, 2022, after discovering the Village was not allowed on the chosen site because it was in the RR Zone, the council asked significant questions to be answered by the Executive.
The 218 page response can be found using the link below. Top left side of the page - click "Response to Council Resolution"
This changed current zoning-density laws to allow "shared-housing villages" in our RR Zones. RR Zones were created to protect environmentally sensitive zones and critical watershed areas. The Council passed this ordinance on March 21st, 2023.
The Council released $22 million dollars to fund the Homeless Village in a critical wetland area. The Council approved this resolution on March 21st, 2023.
Because Futurewise appealed the "Sharing Housing" Ordinance, the council voted on May 23rd, 2023 to change the ordinance's effective date to 12/1/23 in an effort to protect county funds should the appeal be upheld.
On July 25th, 2023, the council voted unanimously to REPEAL "shared housing" in the RR Zone. However, they added a last-minute amendment so that the repeal is not effective until 12/15/23.
(Vetoed by Executive on August 9th | Council voted to Override veto on August 22.)
This location is an environmentally irresponsible choice to construct a high density micro-city and multi-acre farm.
This location does not empower this vulnerable population but further debilitates them.
Other locations offer less cost, faster completion, lower ongoing maintenance, and less risk to the homeless, without damaging our watershed.
From: THOMAS SEIGEL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2023 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Lack of progress in providing County Resources to Support the Bethel area
Dear Bethel Community Member,
The following is an email I sent to the County Council this morning. I am forwarding a copy to you because you have a stake in the quality of life here for yourselves, our families and our students. Nothing has changed and there is no perceived urgency to provide a fair share of county resources to this neglected part of Pierce County. On top of that, recent zoning changes will result in as many as 40,000 additional residents coming here in the near future. The priority of the County needs to shift to backfill the shortfall of services and resources here and then begin expansion to accommodate the rapid growth that is coming. The following County Council membership information is provided for your convenience.
Dear Pierce County Council Members,
About a year ago I shared with you a briefing on the lack of resources, especially County resources, in the Bethel School District area. Since we are rapidly approaching the end of another school year I wanted to provide you with a simple synopsis of the progress toward attainment of the key issues of County support to this area. The following table provides that summary. As you can see not much has changed.
There has been no movement to reestablish Pierce Transit routes to this area. The lack of public transportation is a tremendous hindrance to the poor in trying to access services. The needed services do not exist here. The current 3 miles of bus service is inadequate to allow access to vital services elsewhere.
There has been no new funding for sidewalks. Our request via "Safe Routes to School Program" was not approved.
Phase 1 modernization of Sprinker Recreation Center is in progress, but that will not compensate for the fact that there are only three parks for 124,000 residents. There should be many more.
Pierce County Village has been approved but it will take years to build and, while it is targeting the highly visible homeless population on the streets, it does nothing for the bigger problem of homeless families. We have 730 McKinney Vento qualified students and of that number 70+ are truly homeless. (E.g. We have a family of five living in a Passat, with four school age children and one 10 month baby).
Blue Zones may have some impact, but the infrastructure other communities have to support such an effort is lacking here (limited sidewalks, no trails, no swimming pool, no senior center, etc.).
In summary, this is the area of the County with the highest inequity; it has experienced generational governmental neglect, amounting to what may be considered effects similar to "redlining", and there is still no perceived urgency for action. Yet, rezoning will be directing as many as 40,000 more residents to this area in the near term, but County resources are already inadequately resourced for the current population.
I call for action. Serious action, now.
Yours, Tom Seigel
"No amount of buffering will abate the damage this will cause due to the location in a wetland area." - Penny Cooper Howard is a Friends of Spanaway Lake board member and Chairman of Spanaway Lake Management Advisory Board
"This great project needs another site to be successful. I have asked citizens to seek other sites to recommend to the County Exec. The new site must not be on wetlands, must be served by the sewer system and be much closer to public transportation and the management team.
Sewer service is a must to prevent pollution of the wetlands and Spanaway Lake. Septic systems do not remove nitrogen, phosphorus, or drugs. Over the long-term, rain will move the pollutants through the ground into the lake." - Al Schmauder is President, Clover Creek Watershed Council
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