Freeman Road Annexation
The "Freeman Road" area is an area within the City of Puyallup’s Urban Growth Area (UGA), comprising 134 acres, bound by Valley Avenue NW, Freeman Road and N. Levee Road. It is an island of unincorporated land, surrounded by Puyallup, Fife and Edgewood.
On October 16, 2019, the City received a notice of intention to commence annexation proceedings from a landowner within the Freeman Road annexation area. That submitted notice provides signatures of property owners representing more than 10% of the total assessed value of the proposed annexation area, which is the requisite first step in initiating an annexation process under the direct petition method.
Puyallup City Council met with the annexation petitioner during their meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, and passed a resolution accepting the proposed annexation area, requiring simultaneous adoption of zoning regulations and an assumption of city indebtedness.
City Council’s action did not approve the annexation, but authorized circulation of the annexation petition, which allows the petitioner to move forward and collect petition signatures and the City’s Planning Commission to work on pre-annexation zoning. The petition was issued to the annexation proponent on January 29, 2020. The petition requires signatures from property owners representing a minimum of 60% of the cumulative assessed valuation of the properties within the annexation area. The signatures must be captured within 180 days from the time of the first petition signature. Please see the Annexation Status section for the current status of the annexation petition.
The City of Puyallup received the 60% Annexation Petition containing signatures from property owners within the Freeman Road Annexation area. The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office issued a Declaration of Sufficiency for the annexation petitions on June 4, 2020. The sufficiency declaration means that the County Assessor’s found that the petition contains valid signatures of petitioners that own sixty percent of the land within the annexation area, which is measured by the assessed valuation of the subject properties. On January 13, 2021, the Puyallup Planning Commission is anticipated to hold a public hearing on pre-annexation zoning for the annexation area, which is a required step in the annexation process; more information on the upcoming hearing is provided below. Following the Planning Commission hearing, the Puyallup City Council will hold public hearings and meeting regarding pre-annexation zoning and the annexation. Please see the process graphic above for the anticipated timeline for the annexation process.
January 13, 2021 Virtual Public Hearing - POSTPONED
Due to the power outages in the Puyallup area and the lack of assurance that the public will have access to the virtual public hearing scheduled for January 13, 2021, the hearing is being postponed. The Planning Commission will now hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., for consideration of the assignment of City Zoning for the proposed Freeman Road annexation area.
At the upcoming public hearing, Planning Commission will provide a recommendation to City Council regarding the application of the city’s Zoning to all properties within the annexation area. The majority of the properties are designated with a light manufacturing/warehousing land use, and some are designated residential or public facilities. The properties are anticipated to receive similar Zoning designations; e.g. ML (light manufacturing), RM-10 (medium density multi-family residential), or PF (public facilities) Zoning designations. The staff report and additional information can be referenced in the meeting agenda packet under the "planning commission hearing documents" section of this webpage.
On January 11, 2021, the city received a request for consideration of the Agricultural Overlay (AGO) zone for specific properties within the annexation area. Additional information on the request can be referenced in the January 12, 2021 staff memo to the Planning Commission which is attached under the "planning commission hearing documents" section.
Virtual Meeting Access
To comply with Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamation, this meeting will not be conducted in-person but will have telephonic and virtual access for the public to attend and participate. The public hearing can be heard by dialing (253) 215-8782 and entering the meeting ID 993 7326 5542, then entering passcode 850542 when prompted. The public hearing may also be heard via Zoom at https://puyallupwa-gov.zoom.us/j/99373265542 then entering passcode 850542 when prompted.
How to Provide Comments
Written and verbal testimony will be accepted. Written comments are highly encouraged and must be received by 4:00 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Please submit written comments to Michelle Ochs via email or by mail to: Michelle Ochs, Development & Permitting Services, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371.
To sign up in advance for verbal testimony during the hearing, please e-mail your name and the phone number you be will be using to Michelle Ochs by 5:00 PM, January 27, 2021. Please make sure to sign into the Zoom meeting with the provided name and phone number so that we can identify you correctly during the meeting. If you wish to provide verbal testimony during the meeting and you did not sign up, you may indicate your desire to speak by clicking the ‘Raise Hand’ button at the bottom of the Zoom window or press *9 on your phone.
Associated Map Amendment Application
As part of the 2020 Comp. Plan Amendment cycle, the City of Puyallup received an application requesting to change the Land Use map designation of eleven (11) tax parcels, totaling approximately 14.59 acres in size, located within the potential annexation area. On December 8, 2020, Puyallup City Council approved the application, including the redesignation of four additional parcels, to the requested Light Industrial/Warehousing (LM/W) land use designation. For information on this associated application, please visit the 2020 Comp. Plan Amendments webpage; the application number is L-20-0001.
Questions or Comments
If you have any questions about the annexation process or would like to provide comments or input on this annexation, please contact Kendall Wals, Associate Planner at (253) 841-5462 or Email.