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Sumner’s Orton Junction in Jeopardy After County Found Out of Compliance with Growth Law

Pierce County was found to be out of compliance with the state’s Growth Management Act, which could cause the county to pull approval of Orton Junction.

 Sumner’s Orton Junction project and millions of dollars in grant funding for Pierce County are in limbo after the county was found out of compliance with the state Growth Management Act.

According to a report in the Tacoma News Tribune, the County Council introduced an emergency ordinance yesterday that would repeal several comprehensive plan amendments to get back in line with the code – including Sumner’s Orton Junction.

If the ordinance passes next week, it would repeal county approval of the 182-acre mixed-use development plan that would include a local YMCA.

of the Growth Management Hearings Board decision to deny Orton Junction. Once the appeal is filed the county can request the board to stay the ruling that the county is out of compliance.

County leaders are also sending a petition to Gov. Chris Gregoire that will request she not penalize county grant applications while it resolves issues with the GMHB.

If the county doesn’t act, $11 million in potential grant awards for clean water, roads and other public works projects could be lost.

LifeInPierceCounty August 09, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Please help get the word out. ----------------------- Meeting Date: Monday, August 13, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m Rules and Operations Committee Joyce McDonald, Chair Rick Talbert, Vice Chair Dick Muri, Member Stan Flemming, Alternate Clerk: Patty Face, (253) 798-2687 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 1046 Tacoma, Washington 98402-2176 (253) 798-7777 FAX (253) 798-7509 Toll-Free (800) 992-2456 www.piercecountywa.org/council MEETING NOTICE Place: Pierce County Council Chambers 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 1045, Tacoma, WA Agenda Items: 7. Proposal No. 2012-46, An Emergency Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Responding to the Final Decision and Order Issued by Growth Management Hearings Board Central Puget Sound Region in Case No. 12-3-0002c; Amending Ordinance No. 2011-60s2; Repealing Plan Amendments U-3a, U-3b, C-5, and M-3; Adopting Findings of Fact; Establishing an Effective Date; and Declaring an Emergency. http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/proposal.cfm?proposal_num=2012-46 Sponsored by: Councilmember Roger Bush Council contact person: Mike Kruger, (253) 798-6067 Date of final Council hearing: August 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m. Dated: August 8, 2012 Please note that this meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network)and replayed on channel 78 (Rainier Connect). Meetings are archived at www.piercecounty.org Patty Face Deputy Clerk Pierce County Council

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