CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, October 5, 2015
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
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 Excused
Councilmember Nye Present
Councilmember Worthington Present
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa Present
Mayor McCluskey Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Principal Planner Boers, IT/Communications Manager Seesz, Police Chief Blair, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, and City Clerk Genetia.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Keel.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Nye led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of September 21, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
5. PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual(s) provided comment: Dan Novogrodsky, 9415 Columbine Circle West.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Worthington reported that he participated and attended the International City Manager Association’s annual conference in held Seattle.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa reported that he attended the World Trade Council’s reception for the Consulate Association of Washington and shared comments he received about University Place’s unique and marketable community.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg reported on the Latitude Phase II garage structure construction. The garage structure is expected to be completed in December 2015, after which a five-story building will be constructed on top of the structure and connected to the Latitude Phase I Building. He also reported that on October 22, a delegate of Hawaiian planners, engineers and elected officials will be touring the City to learn about its extensive sidewalk and bicycle lane network as well as transformation taking place in downtown.
8. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 09/15/15, signed and dated 09/29/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Six Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-Four and 75/100 Dollars ($206,234.75); Claims dated 09/30/15, signed 09/29/15, check nos. 51976980 through 51977057, and wires #92215 and #16398997, in the total amount of Five Hundred Eighty-Seven Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-Five and 03/100 Dollars ($587,475.03).
B. Adopt a resolution directing the Planning Commission to study and recommend amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code to modify the Use Designations used in the Comprehensive Plan to be categories of uses within which several specific zoning districts could be located. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
The motion carried.
Councilmember Worthington requested that Item 8B be pulled for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to change the language in the resolution, item number 4, to read: “Recommend criteria which must be met for approval of any rezone to ensure the intent of the comprehensive plan is met and to avoid unintended consequences.”
The motion carried.
MOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to adopt a resolution, as amended, directing the Planning Commission to study and recommend amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code to modify the Use Designations used in the Comprehensive Plan to be categories of uses within which several specific zoning districts could be located.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 791)
9. PUBLIC HEARING: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATES
Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the extensive text amendments and limited map amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City is mandated to amend its Comprehensive Plan and development regulations in accordance with periodic update requirements in RCW 36.70A.130. The proposed amendments are intended to ensure consistency with the Growth Management Act, Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2040, and Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies, as amended. It is also intended to ensure the Plan will more carefully manage change in the community in a manner consistent with community aspirations over the next 20-year planning period.
He indicated that the City is currently determining how to address Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) concerns regarding the City’s housing and population projections, which may require adjustments to the City’s proposal.
In light of the above circumstances, the second public hearing scheduled for October 19 will be held at a later date to provide staff additional time to address issues with PRSC and report back to Council.
Public Comment – None.
10. NEWSPAPER CONTRACT
Staff Report – IT/Communications Manager Seesz presented a resolution that authorizes the approval of a contract with the Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, LLC. The Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, LLC will be responsible for producing, publishing, and distributing the City news and information within the new University Place Press newspaper. She highlighted the contract’s scope of work, compensation, production schedule and distribution.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to adopt a resolution approving a contract with the Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, LLC, for production, publication and distribution of City news and information within the new University Place Press newspaper to be published and distributed every two weeks within the City.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 792)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey reported that she and Executive Director Craig attended a Chinese delegation meeting where EB-5 visas that bring Chinese investments into the U.S. was discussed. She also reported on her attendance at the Pierce County Cities and Towns meeting where they discussed the new legislative agenda with the new Association of Washington Cities (AWC) President and CEO. Additionally, she recognized that October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness month. Finally, she requested a moment of silence for the Umpqua Community College students, their families and the surrounding community in Roseburg, Oregon.
The regular business meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The City Council reconvened and recessed to study session at 7:44 p.m., after taking a five-minute break.
12. DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS UPDATE
Principal Planner Boers reported that the City of University Place is required under the Growth Management Act (GMA) to update its development regulations to ensure consistency with its Comprehensive Plan, which is also being updated to ensure consistency with regional policy directives and amendments to state law that have been enacted since the last periodic update. The proposed housekeeping amendments to the City’s development regulations have been submitted to the Department of Commerce for the mandatory 60-day state agency review. The City also complied with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements and forwarded documentation to the Department of Ecology for review. No comments were received either agency. He stated that the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed housekeeping amendments provided in the Council packet.
Discussion followed with regards to the distinctions between the Town Center, Town Center Project, Town Center Overlay and the new Community Commercial zones; the design standard requirements for those zones; the Narrows Plaza rezone and the zone capacity requirement to meet the 2035 PSRC target and timeline; and the City’s provisional status for Regional Growth Center designation.
13. REGIONAL GROWTH CENTER SUBAREA PLAN AD-HOC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Planning and Development Services Swindale recommended the formation of a Subarea Plan Ad-Hoc Committee in response to the Puget Sound Regional Council’s requirement for the City to develop and adopt a subarea plan in order to obtain a non-provisional designation as a Reginal Growth Center within two years of the provisional designation. Staff recommends an ad-hoc committee made up of two members of the Planning Commission, two members of the Economic Development Commission, one member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, one member of the Public Safety Commission, and three members at large to advise the Planning Commission and City Council on the subarea goals, policies and regulations within our Regional Growth Center. Director Swindale reviewed the proposed scope of work and the PSRC’s Regional Subarea Planning Guide.
14. RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO CITY OF TACOMA PROPOSITION NO. 3
City Attorney Victor presented a resolution, should Council choose to adopt it, which expresses opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Proposition No. 3. He stated that Proposition No. 3 is part of three measures by the City of Tacoma to raise sales tax, property tax and utility tax for the purposes of repairing Tacoma streets. If this Proposition is passed by Tacoma voters, it is anticipated that the Tacoma City Council may pass the 1.5% utility tax increase on to all utility rate payers, including University Place residents.
The resolution is written to express Council’s opposition to any action by the Tacoma City Council that results in University Place residents paying an increased Tacoma utility tax on electrical power to repair Tacoma streets, without the opportunity to vote on the measure.
At 9:30 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 9:45 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m. No other action was taken.