December 2019

Growth Management Hearings Board Decision

The City of Puyallup’s “Homeless Drop-In Centers and Overnight Shelters” Ordinance was upheld December 23rd in a unanimous decision by the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board. The decision can be found here.

The ordinance was originally adopted by the City in 2018 to fill a gap in its land use code and provide siting and operational guidance for such facilities. The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a reasonable process to meet the need for daytime drop-in centers and overnight shelters intended to serve homeless persons, and to help homeless individuals transition out of homelessness. It is consistent with state and federal statutes and laws while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community. Homeward Bound appealed the City’s original ordinance to the Board on nine different grounds. The Board initially rejected six of those grounds and remanded back to the City to address three of them. 

The City did so in a process involving extensive staff work, public participation and City Council discussion that extended from the spring through the fall of 2019. After legal briefing and a hearing, the Growth Board has now issued a Decision rejecting all of Homeward Bound’s objections and upholding the City’s revised ordinance.  

Puyallup PD - Shop with a Cop

On December 9th Puyallup PD participated in Shop with a Cop honoring children who are working and doing their best in school despite disadvantaged circumstances. One child from each of the elementary schools in the Puyallup School District was selected by district teachers and staff. The students were chosen for their positive attitude and accomplishments in the light of life challenges they face each and every day.

Puyallup Officers and students started at Puyallup Best Buy in the morning for a little shopping fun. After that, they met up at MOD Pizza with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department SROs for lunch. Then back to Fred Meyer for more shopping to finish out the day.

What amazes us most throughout the day is how thoughtful these students are. More often than not, they enter the stores in search for the perfect gift for their mom, dad, brothers or sisters. Very rarely do they gravitate towards what is on their wish list. That is where our officers come in. In the years that we have been participating in this event, there have been countless times where officers have opened their personal wallets, and of course their hearts, to these kids. The interactions and bond between officers and the students is priceless. It is truly a magical day. 

None of this is possible without the generosity of our local businesses. Happy Donuts was gracious enough to provide the students with fresh, tasty donuts and milk for breakfast. The employees at the Puyallup Best Buy donated $100 per child for the students to shop. MOD Pizza donated their time and fed the kids a delicious pizza lunch.  Pierce College Security Department gathered new toys to allow us to give extra gifts to the students for themselves and their family! And Puyallup Fred Meyers donated gift cards for the students to shop. 

None of this would be possible without the Puyallup School District’s partnership with us for this program. And we can’t forget the officers that gave their time to make this day the “best ever” and the Puyallup Police Foundation for their support in this program. And of course, the private donors who have written checks specifically to this program year after year. 

Pioneer Park Pavilion

Holiday parties and events were the bulk of the bookings at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in the month of December. The Pavilion hosted holiday events for Bay Equity, Potelco, SEFNCO, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors, PHS Viking Football, Red Robin Management’s Masquerade Ball, Lexus/Jaguar car dealerships, Olympic Management, SS Landscaping, Topline Counters, and the Puyallup Activity Center Holiday Luncheon and the City’s employee holiday event.

Puyallup Main Street Association’s Holiday Market and the Puyallup Recreation Center’s Santa Breakfast here both held at the Pavilion, which are always very popular events for folks kicking off the holiday season!

In addition, the Pavilion hosted two beautiful weddings, the NW Sinfonietta’s final concert for 2019, and Pierce County Watershed Council & Pierce County Public Works for a two-day science symposium.

Development Services Permit Stats - 2019

  • Total # of building permit applications: 1,132 
  • Total valuation of structures associated with issued building permits (not including engineering or fire improvements):  $95.1 million  
  • Total # of all land use/construction permits (i.e. building, planning, fire, engineering) applications: 1,835  
  • Total # of “planning” land use permits (e.g. subdivisions, conditional use permits, site plans, variances, pre-application meetings) applications: 166 
  • Total # of new single-family residential permit applications submitted:  91

Annual Christmas Party

The Activity Center hosted its annual Christmas party on December 18th, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Seniors enjoyed great entertainment by the very talented Ferrucci Jr. High School band, choir, and orchestra under the direction of Bob Rink. The party included lunch, an array of desserts and lots of raffle prizes.  As is tradition, the Activity Center collected over 315 pounds of food, which was donated to the Puyallup Food Bank.
AC Party

Public Works: 23rd Ave SE Reservoir Recoating Project

The 23rd Ave SE reservoir is located at 1400 23rd Ave SE and was constructed by the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company in 1963. The steel reservoir stands 40 feet tall and is 93 feet in diameter. The reservoir has a capacity of 2 million gallons. 

The reservoir was recoated in 1999, but a recent coatings assessment, conducted by Gray & Osborne on behalf of the City of Puyallup, revealed that the exterior and interior coatings were in poor or very poor condition. The assessment noted that there was significant deterioration of the interior rafters resulting in metal loss and that general safety upgrades should be a consideration during the recoating process. 

The City of Puyallup contracted with T Bailey Inc., and they began the project by seal welding all the rafters to the roof plates then progressed to the recoating process. The recoating was a four-step process that should guarantee long lasting protection. After nine months of construction, and sampling for volatile organic compounds and coliform bacteria, the reservoir was put back on line December 12th.

The following upgrades were made as part of this project:
  • The roof vent was replaced with a modern system that incorporates vacuum and pressure relief pallets.
  • A monitored intrusion alarm system was added.
  • The access manway was enlarged.
  • New ladders and landings were added inside and out.
  • Guard rails were added to the top of the reservoir.
  • New sample taps were added. 
  • This project also included replacing the roof vent at 9th St & 15th Ave SE Reservoir #2
Total construction contract: $1,527,822.98.
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PW 1

Victoria BC Overnight Trip

This two-day adventure started with a beautiful 2.5-hour trip aboard the Victoria Clipper to downtown Victoria.  Upon arrival to Victoria B.C., trip-goers had time to check into the beautiful Grand Pacific Hotel and relax a bit or explore the town before venturing out on a luxury motor coach to Butchart Gardens for a tour. The remainder of their stay included exploring the city and shopping before being transported back to Seattle on an evening cruise via the Victoria Clipper.
Victoria BC
Victoria BC1

Daddy Daughter Dance

Create a treasured memory with the little girl in your life at the Daddy Daughter Dance. All father figures are invited to attend this Puyallup tradition designed to bring dads and daughters together for a night of fun. This dance features a live DJ playing kid friendly hits, light refreshments and a professional photographer. Jewelry and tiaras will be available for purchase at the dance. Choose from two dance times: 3-5pm or 6-8pm. Space is limited, so be sure to register here and make this a night to remember! Registration opened January 6th. 
When: Saturday, February 1st, 3-5pm OR 6-8pm
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion
Fee: $25 per couple, $10 each additional daughter

Development Services Update

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 
  • A proposed multi-story hotel, with possible ground-level retail uses, on the SE corner of 9th Avenue SE-South Meridian. This potential project is envisioned to be located immediately south of and share the site features (e.g. access) with, the recently-opened Starbucks at that intersection.      
  • Multiple improvements to property in and around the All Saints Church and school campus. As proposed, this would include an approximately 3,000 square foot new food distribution facility adjacent to church offices on 6th Avenue SW (with associated demolition of an existing building), as well as restroom upgrades in the main church structure.   
  • Lot development to facilitate a new single-family residence on an existing parcel which contains steep slopes on 40th Street SE (i.e. the Rodesco ridgetop area).