February 3, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- Washington Economic Development Association: Joe Hannan attended workshops and legislator education in Olympia this week sponsored the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA), and was elected to WEDA’s Board of Directors. The Association represents cities/counties, economic development districts, community colleges and work force organizations as an advocate for economic development to the Legislature. WEDA’s 2006 Legislative focus is workforce development and infrastructure assistance.
- Proposed Armed Services Highway: At the February 1st Regional Access Mobility Project Meeting (RAMP) meeting, co-hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Port of Tacoma, and Pierce County, a resolution was passed requesting that the State Legislature amend RCW 42.17.140 to re-designate SR 704 (aka: Cross Base Highway) to “SR 704 Armed Services Highway”.
- Planning Advisory Board: The Planning Advisory Board met this past week and made recommendations to fill seats on a task force to review the regulatory environment regarding personal care facilities located in residential zoning districts. The effort was previously endorsed by both the PAB and the City Council. The recommended appointees include PAB members, DSHS, local neighborhood groups, Lakewood adult family home providers, and patients’ rights groups. The recommendations will come to Council later this month.
The PAB also reviewed and confirmed their work plan for 2006, which includes:
- amending the sign code,
- performing 2006 comprehensive plan amendments,
- auditing the level and types of land use activity occurring at Fort Steilacoom Park,
- continued work regarding personal care facilities located in residential zoning districts,
- implementation of the Public Participation Plan (regulation of correctional facilities located in Lakewood’s Public Institutional (P/I) zoning district),
- providing land use recommendations to the City Council regarding the current gambling moratorium, and
- updating the City’s capital facilities plan.