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PIERCE COUNTY: Give Orton Junction the go-ahead

Letter by Kyle Hardtke, Bonney Lake on Sep. 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm with 1 Comment »
September 27, 2011 1:32 pm

I live in Bonney Lake and own a landscaping business in the Sumner area. I have lived my whole life in this community and intend to live the rest of my life here. It’s important to see responsible and sustainable development in our community. I want my family to have a fun, safe place to go to spend our time and money.

My family began homesteading in this valley in 1891. It makes sense to me to protect farmland, yet intelligent development is critical to the long-lasting health of our community. That is why protecting the more rational farmland further south in the valley in perpetuity seems to be a much better option than what I hear out-of-town special interest groups say in opposition to the development.

It is clear to me that many of them have never been by Orton Junction. I drive by it every day at least two times and up to six or eight times. In the last two or three years I have not noticed a single crop.

With an unemployment rate creeping towards 10 percent, it is totally ignorant to think that a few large construction projects, a community center, some restaurants and medical facilities would not benefit the citizens of Bonney Lake. For the health and longevity of our community and its citizens, I hope the Pierce County Council supports Orton Junction and all the opportunity that it will bring to Pierce County.

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  1. My backyard is the Orton Junction and I am firmly in opposition of this proposal for several reasons. First and foremost, there are many open pieces of property within the city limits of Sumner to house viable businesses such as medical practices and restaurants. There is no need to pave over more farmland. Second, many of the potential businesses cited for the Orton Junction are readily available just up the hill in Bonney Lake. Do we really need a movie theater in Bonney Lake, Sumner and Puyallup? That’s just overkill. Third, because the property in question has not had any crops grown in the past few years shows that the owner is not interested in farming, rather in developing another Kent Station. I believe if you want all of these conveniences of Kent Station or Lakeland Hills, feel free to make the move. I’ll be happy to stay and raise my family in the small community of Sumner without the big box developments. We’re fourth generation members of Sumner and have no plans of leaving.

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