CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE AND CITY OF LAKEWOOD
Joint Special Meeting
Monday, June 12, 2017
City of Lakewood, City Council Chambers
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Anderson and Mayor Figueroa called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.
Lakewood City Councilmembers Present: Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen; Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Mary Moss, John Simpson, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
University Place Councilmembers Present: Mayor Javier Figueroa, Mayor Pro Tem Kent Keel, Councilmembers Caroline Belleci, Chris Nye and Steve Worthington.
University Place Councilmembers Excused: Councilmembers Ken Grassi and Denise McCluskey
NEW BUSINESS: REVIEW OF THE REGIONAL CENTERS FRAMEWORK REPORT/PUGET SOUND REGIONAL COUNCIL UPDATE
Mayor Anderson and Mayor Figueroa welcomed Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Mr. Brown described the content of his March 1, 2017 letter addressed to the Lakewood City Manager relative to population figures.
Discussion ensued on how the population projections were derived; concerns about resolving issues relative to regional centers; why is the JBLM military installation not recognized as a military installation in the Regional Centers Framework Report; concerns that comments PSRC stated tonight are in direct conflict with what is written in the report that were approved by the Board. Further discussion ensued concerning the PSRC Board preparing its own Regional Centers Framework report separate from the staff report; suggesting that PSRC provide jurisdictions with appropriate notice of upcoming changes so jurisdictions can make adjustments as needed; what value is PSRC bringing to Lakewood given the socio economic condition of Lakewood besides transportation planning; providing for grandfathering provisions when the rules keep changing; CEOs have a lot of influence on elected Boards and it appears that there is finger pointing between staff and elected officials; and what message will be taken back to the PSRC Board from the Councils of Lakewood and University Place.
Further discussion ensued that resolutions be forthcoming from this meeting. Concerns were expressed that one size doesn’t fit all, especially from large places to small places. Strong concerns were expressed that Lakewood is one of the most truly diverse city in the State with over half of its housing being low-income. For Seattle to tell Lakewood that it needs to have social equity when it has 50 plus percent low-income housing and it will need to have more low-income housing without the industry to generate the taxes to pay for, and as PSRC grows, and its influence grows, its southern neighbors will be more concerned if PSRC doesn’t change its course without options for more greater diversity.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
Minutes taken by:
Alice Bush, MMC
City Clerk – City of Lakewood