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Know Your Planning Commission 5.22.13

***This is a series of articles recapping the planning commission meetings. They will run after most meetings and are written by City Council candidate, District 3 resident and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission, Chris McNutt.***

The Planning Commission is a Council appointed yet independent body of citizens who act as a vetting/advisory panel for land use, zoning, and Comprehensive Plan amendments to the City Council. The following is a personal account and may not reflect the opinions of other Planning Commission members.
The meeting on May 22nd, 2013 covered three primary topics.

1.Privately Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendment

2.Miscellaneous Code Amendments

3.Heritage Tree Ordinance

[The following is to be read slowly and deliberately, as if it was after sunset and on a foggy street.]

The evening began like any other. As usual, I arrived early. Only Mrs. Ochs arrived before me. And that was a good thing, because she had the keys to the building. One by one the commissioners sauntered into the room, pleasant banter permeating the spacious accommodations. Soon Katie Baker arrived and the conversation turned to the whereabouts of Chris Beale. Then Deputy Mayor John Knutsen materialized, quietly contemplating the days events and anxiously waiting to hear the wisdom of the planning commission.

Councilman John Hopkins flitted in and out of the chambers, departing empty handed; each time returning with correspondence and magazines. Some say, on quiet nights, if you listen extra well, you can hear the creak of his Nike’s delivering information and report cards to the kind and generous people of District 1. Still others, don’t say that at all.

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Know Your Planning Commission 3.27.13

***This series of articles are recaps of planning commission meetings.  They will run after most meetings and are written by District 3 resident, City Council candidate and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission, Chris McNutt.***

The Planning Commission is a Council appointed yet independent body of citizens who act as a vetting/advisory panel for land use and zoning to the City Council. The following is a personal account and may not reflect the opinions of other Planning Commission members.

The meeting on March 27th, 2013 covered two primary topic, with a bonus election of new officers.

  1. Downtown Character

  2. Miscellaneous Code Amendments

The evening began with nominations and a couple votes. During the first meeting of each March a new Chair and Vice-Chair are selected for the commission. This year, with little fanfare (the town crier position remains sadly unfunded in the 2013 budget) Steve Hastings was nominated and elected chair, and I was nominated and elected Vice-Chair.  There is some kind of Miami Vice joke in here somewhere, but I have been asked to tone down the humor and zombie references… plus, nothing comes to mind.

This meeting marked the addition of two new commissioners, Shelly Krashowetz and Aaron Couch, the return of commissioner Curt Gimmestad and the first meetings without commissioners Robin Ordonez and Leon Leonard.

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Know Your Planning Commission 1.23.13

***This series of articles are recaps of planning commission meetings.  They will run after most meetings and are written by District 3 resident, City Council candidate and Planning Commission member Chris McNutt.***

The Planning Commission is a Council appointed yet independent body of citizens who act as a vetting/advisory panel for land use and zoning to the City Council. The following is a personal account and may not reflect the opinions of other Planning Commission members.

The meeting on January 23rd, 2013 covered one primary topic.

  1. South Hill 2030 Sub-area Plan

We were down one commissioner this week, but even so we managed to have some pretty good conversations about the dystopian future of our Regional Growth Center on the hill. We couldn’t agree on whether the human plight would be more seriously stricken by a fuel deprived wasteland surrounding a combat arena (or “thunderdome” if you will), or if we should prepare to welcome our inevitable robot overlords. In either case, there was little dissent among our shared vision of South Hill.

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1.22.13 Moratorium Update

On the evening of January 22nd, the City Council held a public hearing centered on the extension of the halfway house moratorium. This moratorium is in place to delay the opening of new halfway houses for sex offenders in residential neighborhoods while new ordinances are created.

We’ve discussed this issue many times before on Puyallup Now. For a bit more information please click here ?for a historical summary of the issue I wrote for my web site.

Before the hearing, Steve Kirkelie, Senior Assistant City Attorney, gave a presentation which closely mirrored the one he gave to the Planning Commission in early December.  It was a good recap and status update, clearly outlining the challenges and possible solutions before us.

There were hundreds in attendance, though only a few spoke. Mr. Kirkelie made it clear all previous testimony would be brought forward and added to this new hearing. People were welcome to speak if they had anything to add, but this was not required.

One new Puyallup resident took to the podium to tell her story. A childhood victim of abuse, she and her family had just purchased a home at the end of the block where the proposed halfway house is intended to operate. While deployed in Hawaii, they had worked with a real estate agent to purchase their new home and were not informed of this ongoing battle. Imagine their horror as the news shattered their newly acquired sanctuary.

After the conclusion of the public comments the council discussed the options presented by Mr. Kirkelie. The consensus among the council was to implement as many options as possible. It is expected that newly proposed ordinances and business regulations will be revealed and voted on at the February 5th meeting City Council meeting.

Normally new rules like these would have two votes (“readings”). The first and second readings are procedurally presented two weeks apart. This gives time for public review as well as to solidified amendments suggested at first reading. I’m in favor of a swift resolution, but some of these new rules could have unintended consequences (for example, it could negatively impact those who have roommates). For that reason alone I hope the votes for adoption are taken one at a time.

The newly proposed ordinances and amendments should be available online at the end of the week preceding the first reading (on or around January 31st). They will be posted to the city web site and probably also on the Shaw ComeTogether Facebook page which was organized as the unifying voice of the community against this facility.

If you have ideas and suggestions please reach out to your City Council representatives. Also, please come to City Hall and speak at the meeting on February 5th. The meeting, located on the 5th floor, will start at 6:30PM. For more information on this issue and what you can do, please check out the facebook page above.

Chris McNutt

chrismcnutt@chrismcnutt.com
facebook.com/CNMcNutt
http://www.chrismcnutt.com/
Planning Commissioner
District 3 City Council Candidate

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Chris McNutt Announces Candidacy

District 3 resident Chris McNutt has officially announced his candidacy for Puyallup City Council.

Mr. McNutt is a current Planning Commission member and the author of the popular “Know Your Planning Commission” articles here on PuyallupNow.  He is running for the seat currently occupied by Kent Boyle.

Below is his statement:

“Today I have officially announced my candidacy for Puyallup City Council in the 2013 election season.  Not with a great deal of fanfare, but with dedication and conviction.

For the first time in many years the city is on the right track but there is much more to do.  In running and achieving office I will continue to make Puyallup a better place for our families and neighbors.

You can contact me on Facebook, through my website http://www.chrismcnutt.com/ and via email at chrismcnutt@chrismcnutt.com.

I look forward to working with you to better our community.

Chris McNutt”

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