The Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee spent 2.5 hrs. this afternoon, principally on the proposal changes to the industrially designated lands as defined in the Land Use Code.
To their credit, the Pierce County Council listened and professionally questioned staff and those who testified without being critical and staff responded to comments and questions without being disdainful.
Those speaking against the changes to the Proposal No. 2009-18 that would amend the Pierce County (Land Use) Code were representatives of the Port of Tacoma, Northwest Door, Tacoma-Piece Co. Chamber, Investco and Pacific Rim Real Estate. The rationale for the change that would restrict industrial lands was supported by staff's draft report, A Reasonable Measure to Address Job Growth on Scarce Industrial Lands.
Readers may refer to earlier blogs on this subject to gain some continuity. The News Tribune published an overview of the issue March 21.