COMMUNITY INVITED TO GIVE
FEEDBACK ON CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, the City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Proposed Correctional Facilities Permanent Regulations. The commission meeting will be held in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor) and will begin at 5 p.m. with the public hearing beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.
The proposed regulations include amendments to various sections of the Tacoma Municipal Code, Title 13 – Land Use Regulatory Code, and would prohibit correctional facilities in multi-family and light industrial zoning districts; require a Conditional Use Permit, public notices of a 1,000-foot distance, and a pre-application community meeting in zones where they are allowed; and modify the definition of “correctional facility.”
The proposed permanent regulations are generally the same as the Correctional Facilities Interim Regulations that are currently in effect. The interim regulations were originally enacted by the City Council in March, and subsequently modified in May. The Planning Commission is inviting public comments on the proposed permanent regulations that, subject to further changes, would be forwarded to the City Council for adoption before the 12-month interim regulations expire on March 6, 2018.
In addition to comments received at the public hearing, written comments are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5. Comments may be submitted to: Planning Commission, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402, via fax at (253) 591-5433, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review the proposed amendments, visit cityoftacoma.org\planning or contact project staff Ian Munce at email@example.com, or call (253) 573-2478.
SOUND TRANSIT MOVES FORWARD
WITH TACOMA DOME RAIL PROJECT
The Sound Transit Board has approved the Tacoma Dome Link Extension, establishing a $125.7 million budget for preliminary engineering for the project and giving the green light to extend light rail further south from South King into Pierce County, one of the most rapidly growing areas in the region. In a related action, the Board executed a $10.3 million consultant contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. to begin project development services.
“The Board took an exciting step forward to make light rail service a reality for the thousands of people who travel up and down the South Sound corridor every day,” said Sound Transit Board Vice Chair and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “With more people choosing to live and work in Tacoma, our imperative to deliver light rail service to Pierce County is critical to supporting our quality of life and growing economy.”
“Our commitment to build light rail further south, from Angle Lake to Federal Way and ultimately Tacoma, follows years of work to push ahead while traffic throughout the region only gets worse,” said Sound Transit Board member and King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. “Voters’ investment in the Tacoma Dome Link Extension will pay huge dividends for South Sound communities.”
“The light rail extension to Pierce County will be one of the first public transit projects to be delivered under our recently-approved system expansion plan,” said Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff. “Delivering Link service to South Federal Way, Fife and the Tacoma Dome by 2030 will require Sound Transit, our partner cities, and the Puyallup Tribe to work closely together to gather community input and to make project decisions in an efficient manner. This will allow us to provide a safe and convenient transportation option for residents throughout the Puget Sound.”
The Tacoma Dome Link Extension is part of the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Plan approved by voters last November. The project extends light rail 9.7 miles to the cities of Federal Way, Milton, Fife, Tacoma and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Reservation, with service beginning by 2030. Sound Transit will initiate technical work on the project next year, which will include an extensive community engagement to reach consensus on a Locally Preferred Alternative, and other alternatives, to study in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be completed by mid-2019.
Tacoma Dome Link Extension
This project will extend light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to Tacoma on a primarily elevated guideway with a new rail-only fixed span crossing the Puyallup River. The plan calls for stations in South Federal Way, Fife and East Tacoma in the vicinity of Portland Avenue, with a terminus station at the Tacoma Dome. Approved by voters in the ST3 Plan, the representative project – which serves as the starting point for project development – includes two parking garages in South Federal Way and Fife, a pedestrian bridge connecting the Tacoma Dome Station to Freighthouse Square, and a new light rail bridge over the Puyallup River.
Operation and Maintenance Facility
The Tacoma Dome project includes the construction of a new light rail operations and maintenance facility (OMF) to accommodate additional fleet capacity of an expanded regional light rail system. The specific location of this facility will be determined during project development. The OMF needs to be ready to receive light rail vehicles before the start of revenue service on the Tacoma Dome and West Seattle Link Extensions. While the facility will be part of the Tacoma Dome Link Extension project, its design and size will support the operation of the Sound Transit Link light rail system as a whole.
Sound Transit’s consultant team, HDR, will be responsible for providing planning, engineering, environmental and community outreach technical services to support the first phase of project development work for the Tacoma Dome Link Extension. Other firms on the HDR team include Parametrix and EnviroIssues.
More information about the Tacoma Dome Link Extension project, including how to sign up for project updates, is available at www.soundtransit.org/tacomadomelink.
UPCOMING EVENT ROAD CLOSURES
Please note the anticipated event-related road closures expected around Tacoma through Sunday, Dec. 31:
On Sunday, Dec. 31, the first night event will close Broadway, St. Helens Avenue, Court C between South 7th and 11th streets, and South 9th Street between Market and Commerce streets at various segments from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day.
The Proctor Farmers Market closes North 27th Street from North Proctor to North Madison streets every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closures may change as a result of weather, event alterations and other unexpected circumstances.
To get event-related road closure updates, go to the cityoftacoma.org/EventRoadClosures event road closures web page and use the “Click to subscribe” link. To access a map of City construction projects with potential traffic impacts visit GovMe.com and click on Large Impact Construction Projects.
TREECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
When the holidays are over, don’t forget to treecycle your fresh cut Christmas tree.
Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed as garbage.
Residents may also recycle their tree free of charge at Pierce County’s transfer stations. For locations and more holiday recycling tips, visit piercecountywa.org/treecycle.
To treecycle, remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples. Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day. The tree must fit into the closed container, so cut the tree into pieces if necessary. If your tree isn’t in the cart, you may be charged for the additional pick up.
“Trees collected are composted along with the rest of the yard waste collected in Pierce County,” said Sheryl Rhinehart, Pierce County Planning and Public Works outreach coordinator. “The finished product is called Cascade Compost, a soil amendment you can buy locally and use in your own garden.”
The cities of Milton, Orting, Puyallup, Tacoma and Ruston have special tree collection programs for households within their city limits. Contact your recycling and garbage service provider for more details.
For more information about preparing for winter, visit piercecountywa.org/winterwise.