On Tuesday night, the city council took action on two issues that instantly improve the city. They also updated the citizens on an important issue, our fish hatchery.
By a 7-0 vote and without any comment, initiative and referendum was passed. This was a controversial issue with last year’s council, where it failed by a 5-2 vote. Now, not only did it pass 7-0 but there was no concerns or worries that were previously expressed.
Cultivating Puyallup, the city’s TDR (transfer of development rights) plan, was currently being studied by city planners through a grant. This plan would have allowed developers to purchase “credits” by buying farm land and then using those “credits” for downtown development perks. In a word, this plan was terrible. Terrible for citizens, terrible for historic buildings, terrible for parking.
The council put a stop to this plan by a 5-2 vote, with council members Boyle and Palmer voting against stopping the plan. As this plan was described, this was a pet frog project of the pervious council. Now it is as gone as they are.
So, this supposed “do-nothing” council has once again accomplished much.
Also, council member Steve Vermillion updated everyone on the hatchery situation. We will share a synopsis of this lengthy update in a future post.