2015 Pierce County
Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup
February 27, 2015
PVPG founder Maxine Herbert-Hill took the day to attend the Second Annual Pierce
County Farm Forum in Puyallup in February and was very pleased with the program
and the content. To continue reading of her day's experiences and forum
discussions select the link below.
"One topic they did not address was harvesting, but the focus was on potential
avenues for selling farm products and how to access them, what those markets
need and how to present your products to those various retailers or
wholesalers. The event was well organized with good resources in personnel,
presenters and materials.
The hall was lined with exhibits and information with knowledgeable
representatives. The doors were open early enough......"
REQUEST MADE TO AMEND
LAND USE PERMIT
FOR PHASE 2 OF DEVELOPMENT
Communities has requested that Pierce County consider a major amendment to their
Tehaleh land use permit for Phase Two of the development. A major
amendment includes significant changes to the original permit and are subject to
the same procedures as the original application. The most significant
change is to increase the number of single unit housing units by
some of which will be designated for senior living.
The County has the
authority to decide whether an Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
is required. The County held an open house on September 30, 2014 and
opened a Public Comment 30 day public comment period that will end on October
10, 2014. If you missed this deadline, we will try to inform you of your
next opportunity for review and comment.
communities will be impacted by increased traffic issues amplified by the
implementation of the Phase 2 "Highway to the Valley."
COMMITS TO SAVING FARMING
Purchases Development Rights
As reported by Steve Maynard
in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune on May 13, 2014, Pierce County has
secured the funding to
preserving 154 acres of rich valley farmland located in the Alderton-McMillin
area of the Puyallup Valley. This was accomplished by purchasing the land
development rights from the owners of the land, Dave and Ivan Matlock. As
reported on this website, years earlier, the Matlocks had applied to
subdivide the land for development, but have had a change of heart and hope that
young farming enthusiasts will be attracted to the opportunity to own a portion of
the best farmland in the U.S.
We want to offer our
appreciation to Pat McCarthy, County Executive for the action taken by the
County to preserve farmland. McCarthy was quoted in the article saying;
"Protecting this property is good for farmers, fish and Pierce County's rural
character." That mirrors how we have felt since the beginning and it shows
a change of direction for Pierce County government. Action does speak
louder than words and we commend the action taken by the County to preserve the
Puyallup Valley's rural character.