November 2018

“Housing Options” Code Amendments Public Hearing 

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 12th to consider proposed zoning code text amendments.  These draft code amendments, known as “Housing Choices,” are proposed revisions to residential zone districts and development standards intended to encourage a range of housing opportunities, including infill units.  

All Planning Commission recommendations on code amendments are forwarded to the City Council for final action. Senior Planner Chris Beale (253-841-5418) is the case planner for these draft amendments.  Planning Commission meetings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of the City Hall (333 S. Meridian). Any interested party may attend the hearing and, if desired, provide testimony.

Pretty Gritty Antique Tour

The Activity Center coordinated with Pretty Gritty Tours to offer our seniors an exploration of the antique scene in one of Tacoma’s oldest neighborhoods. This private tour was much more than just viewing antiques. Trip goers were shown many of the hidden alleys and passageways that have since become architectural gems, some dating back over 100 years. During the journey, the group strolled around the Old City Hall building, enjoyed ample coffee and shopping breaks, and a “new” view of our wonderful neighbor city.  
Puyallup Basketball Training Center

Another session of basketball skills and drills came to a close in November at the Puyallup Recreation Center.  Triple Impact Coaching held six days of basketball classes wherein 57 participants learned crucial skills such as post play and ball handling. Players worked on skills without defense and then faced off with defenders to test their improvement. The Puyallup Basketball Training Center offers more clinics during the basketball season.  Drop-ins are welcome, and all skill levels are encouraged to participate. 

Emergency Management Full-Scale Shelter Exercise

The City of Puyallup conducted a full-scale emergency shelter exercise on November 7, 2018 to validate and improve the City of Puyallup’s emergency response and shelter plans.  The City of Puyallup partnered with the Pierce County Emergency Management Functional Assessment Service Team and the Washington State Emergency Management Division to deliver the exercise.  Over 100 participants representing multiple jurisdictions and agencies participated.  

The City of Puyallup simulated a local flood emergency and activated the City Emergency Operations Center and an emergency shelter at the Nazarene Church in Puyallup to support the simulated response.  A full report will describe the lessons learned and areas that need improvement for future exercises and real-life emergency situations.  The News Tribune printed an article about the exercise here.
Shelter 2
Shelter 1

Molbak’s Poinsettia Festival and Outlet Mall

On November 27th, the Activity Center made its annual trek to Molbak’s Poinsettia Festival.  Molbak’s spectacular garden displays of gift items ranging from live and artificial trees, wreaths, bows, holiday lights, and perhaps most notably their famous 14-foot-high poinsettia tree, always gets our participants in the holiday spirit. On the return trip to Puyallup, the tour made a much-anticipated stop at The Outlet Collection Mall to continue the festivities.

Puyallup PD Receives “Partnership in Public Safety Award”

On November 27th, Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly recognized the Puyallup Police Department for its assistance in tracking where drivers suspected of DUI consumed their most recent alcoholic beverage.

A driver stopped on suspicion of DUI is always asked if he or she has been drinking. A driver who answers yes may further be asked where he or she last had a drink. Answering this question is voluntary. Law enforcement officers who ask and receive answers to this question can enter the answers into a database which includes the date, location of the stop, and the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the driver. The state uses this information to identify bars and facilities where over-service occurs. These locations can then be closely monitored and perhaps penalized for serving patrons dangerous levels of alcohol.

The Puyallup Police Department is more consistent at gathering this information than any other local law enforcement agency in Washington. Taking this extra step, even though not required, helps the WSLCB enforce our state’s liquor laws.

“While it is nice to be recognized as an agency by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board,” said Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle, “the credit really goes to our officers who work tirelessly to arrest impaired drivers. They are the ones who are truly making our community safer day in and day out.”

The Giving Tree

This year’s Giving Tree was bigger than ever with tags for 60 deserving kids representing six elementary schools in the Puyallup School District. The tags were all taken before the week was up, proving what generous people live in our community. Presents will be wrapped next week, delivered to the school district office, and distributed to each school just in time for Christmas! This is a wonderful program and a special thank you to everyone who helped make our fourth annual Giving Tree an overwhelming success!
Giving Tree

Pioneer Park Pavilion 

The Pavilion was once again the site for the annual Puyallup Veteran’s Day program that was held on Sunday, November 11th. This was an especially poignant program, as November 11, 2018 marked the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. There were several featured speakers, including Puyallup’s Mayor John Palmer; Rhonda Jeffries, US Army Retired, VFW Post 2224 Commander; Jack Taylor, USAF Retired, VFW Post 2224; Andy Anderson, USAF Retired, Puyallup Historical Society; State Representative Melanie Stambaugh; Alice Miller, Women in Uniform Collection; Paul Herrera, US Army Retired, Surgeon VFW Dept of Washington, VFW Post 2224; and Congressman Denny Heck. An amazing array of patriotic music was provided by the Rogers High School Wind Ensemble.
Also in November the Pavilion hosted three weddings, the Northwest Medical Specialties annual client party, Las Molas Association Celebration, PEO Fundraiser Dinner, Woodcreek Pediatrics Dinner, Empact Northwest Fundraiser, a two-day real estate seminar, Tacoma Pierce County Association of Realtors Banquet, Arts Downtown Fundraiser, ManeStage Fundraiser, Puyallup School District/Puyallup Rotary LEAD Graduation Event, the Shopaganza Vendor event, and the Bay Equity Home Loans Client Holiday Breakfast.
Veterans Day

Potential New Development

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 

  • Proposed remodel to an existing small church structure into a triplex and to refurbish an adjacent existing residence into multiple units, with associated site improvements, in the 300 block of 4th Street NE.   
  • Installation of new portable classrooms at multiple Puyallup School District sites: Puyallup High School and Maplewood, Karshner and Spinning Elementary Schools. The project will include related site work, including revisions to drop-off areas.  
  • A plan to remodel the existing second floor space in a downtown retail building (105 East Stewart) to establish a new upper-floor occupational training space.   
  • A proposed remodel and expansion to the existing Milam Mazda dealership at the SE corner of River Road and 7th Street NW. This would include renovations to the showroom and office areas, as well as associated site improvements.     

Bingo—It’s Not Just a Game

The Activity Center offers the ever-popular game of Bingo every Thursday afternoon. Would you believe that clinical research has shown Bingo to be more than just an amusing activity? It’s true! Participating in Bingo has several health benefits, including both emotional and physical elements. For example, playing the game improves overall cognitive components including short term memory aids and enhanced listening skills. It’s also a great social activity—all of these things being key components for older adults to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle as they age.  

Cornforth-Campbell Feasibility Study

For the past 15 years, the City has owned the downtown “Cornforth-Campbell” property located at 3rd Street SE-W. Meeker, which was formerly an auto dealership.  The site currently contains a public surface parking lot; the on-site building has also housed various civic functions in recent years.  This property has also been the subject of ongoing soil remediation project to clean-up past sub-surface contamination.  City Council has expressed interest in trying to engage with a private developer to redevelop this property as a new mixed-use project.  To help with this process, the City recently used an architect and market economist to study the economic feasibility of potentially redeveloping that property.  City Council heard a staff presentation on this topic on November 27th.

As outlined to City Council, the architects crafted multiple hypothetical layouts for site mixed-use developments, each of which was intended to be fairly realistic given zoning standards, site parameters and local market conditions.  The economist then evaluated the feasibility of each study scenario (i.e. the likelihood of that development attracting private developer interest in the current market).  Based upon that evaluation, two final study scenarios were identified, with further fiscal review done on each.   This study also looked at what City-controlled incentives could most affect the economic feasibility. The economist’s findings are that the feasibility of a new mixed-use project would be challenging under current market conditions, but that substantial incentivization could help that outcome.   

City Council expressed an interest in moving forward with a Request for Proposal issuance to seek private developer interest in the property. 
Option A
Option B

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

On November 30th, 23 city employees including directors, managers and Deputy Mayor Swanson completed a 10-week course to become Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology for business cultural change and for continuous process improvement. The course training provides tools that identify waste and its root causes. The resulting information is then used to improve processes. 

The course was offered through the University of Washington, Tacoma and taught at Puyallup City Hall by Kurt Robertson.  Kurt’s credentials include an MBA, PMP, Lean Sensei, SSMBB, CFPIM, C.P.M., Change Management, Certified Instructor. The course was strenuous, challenging and required a large time commitment to already compressed schedules, but the long-term value in the training will have lasting effects. Congratulations to the inaugural class!