CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER – MAYOR
Mayor McCluskey called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
2. ROLL CALL AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows:
Councilmember Belleci Present
Councilmember Grassi Present
Councilmember Keel Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Councilmember Worthington Present
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa Present
Mayor McCluskey Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Belleci led the pledge of allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the minutes of August 18, 2014 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – Councilmember Keel presented a proclamation to Robert Freeborn, Chapter Leader of Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group, in support of public awareness on the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer.
6. PUBLIC COMMENT – The following individual made public comment: Morry Stafford, 6816 Chambers Creek Road West.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Belleci informed the Council and the public that the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber published its 2014 Spotlight on Business Award finalists. Five of the thirty-five businesses recognized are University Place business owners. She congratulated the University Place businesses for their accomplishments. The Spotlight on Business Awards honors Chamber member businesses who have met the standard for exemplary business practices.
Councilmember Worthington shared the news of his son’s marriage.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg indicated that staff continues to actively work on and prepare for upcoming City construction projects slated for this fall and into the spring of 2015.
9. BRIDGEPORT GRAVEL MINE PARCELS
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor provided background information on the rezone proposals of two parcels, one located at 67th Avenue and Bridgeport (Parcel A), and the other behind Fred Meyer on 67th Avenue (Parcel B). He informed Council that the property owner has indicated flexibility with respect to Parcel B, agreeable to having it rezoned as Low Density Multi Family instead of Neighborhood Commercial. City Attorney Victor presented the three legislative options the Council has on this issue:
1) To accept the owner’s proposal to rezone Parcel A as Neighborhood Commercial with a full release of all mining rights, and a permanent covenant running with the land that Parcel A will never have a gas station or any 24-hour use, and rezone Parcel B as Low Density Multi Family.
2) To accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation to rezone only Parcel A (the 67th and Bridgeport parcel) as Mixed Use Office, and Parcel B (on 67th behind Fred Meyer) as Residential.
3) To reject the Planning Commission’s proposal and the owner’s offer and leave parcels zoned R-2 and R-1 Residential.
Public Comment – The following individuals provided comments: Tom Connor, 6210 71st Street Avenue West; Mary Stafford, 6816 Chambers Creek Road West; Morry Stafford, 6816 Chambers Creek Road West; William Lynn; Debbie Klosowski, 6834 Chambers Creek Road West; and Wendy Xenos, 6820 Chambers Creek Road West.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor McCluskey, to reject the Planning Commission’s proposal and the owner’s offer and leave parcels zoned R-2 and R-1 Residential.
The motion failed 5 to 2. Councilmembers Keel, Worthington, Grassi, Nye and Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa voted no.
MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to accept the owner’s proposal to rezone Parcel A as Neighborhood Commercial with a full release of all mining rights, and a permanent covenant running with the land that Parcel A will never have a gas station or any 24-hour use, and rezone Parcel B as Low Density Multi-Family, passing an ordinance to complete the unfinished portion of the Council’s 2013 update to Title 16, the Comprehensive Plan, and Title 19, the Zoning Code, of the University Place Municipal Code relating to the two parcels.
AMENDED MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to add as a condition that buffers required by City code are irrigated and maintained in perpetuity.
The motion passed 4 to 3. Councilmembers Belleci, Nye and Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa voted no.
The main motion passed 4 to 3. Councilmembers Belleci, Grassi and Mayor McCluskey voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 640)
10. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey reported on the following: City’s letter to counter the potential draw down of the 16,000 soldiers; Protection Classification report rating of West Pierce Fire & Rescue; Cider Squeeze Event; UP for Arts fundraising event; Make a Difference Day event at Curran Orchard; and update on the 16th CAB Letter Writing campaign.
At 8:29 p.m., the Council concluded its business meeting and thereafter recessed to Study Session at 8:36 p.m. after a five minute break.
11. WCIA WORKSHOP – COUNCIL DO’S AND DON’TS
The City Council participated in a training on risk management practices and procedures provided by Washington Cities Insurance Authority Executive Director Ann Bennett.
At 8:58 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 10:00 p.m.
12. COUNTYWIDE PLANNING POLICIES – ANNEXATION
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented the proposed amendments to the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies that refine and add policies addressing annexation of unincorporated urban areas by adjacent cities and towns. The proposed amendments would: (1) Change existing urban service areas into “Potential Annexation Areas”; (2) Require jurisdictions to identify a Potential Annexation Area (PAA) within their Comprehensive Plan; (3) Require joint planning agreements; (4) Encourage resolution of existing overlaps and split of parcels prior to initial designation; (5) Discourage the creation of islands between cities and towns; and (6) Promote annexation of areas by encouraging joint planning agreements, limiting annexation to only those areas where a city or town has established PAA, establishing incentives to encourage annexation of unincorporated urban areas, exploring partnership in grant funding opportunities, encouraging mixed uses in PAAs, and identifying islands as the County’s highest priority for annexations.
The Pierce County Regional Council, based on the recommendation from the Growth Management Coordinating Council (GMCC), recommended approval of the proposal at its October 17, 2013 meeting. The Pierce County Council approved the amendments on June 24, 2014. The amendments to the County-wide Planning Policies must be ratified by sixty percent of the jurisdictions in Pierce County representing seventy-five percent of its total population.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m. No other action was taken.