Re: “Sumner land plan reborn” (TNT, 10-4).
I have watched the Orton Junction situation develop in Sumner with interest. The Pierce County Planning Commission did not support this development because it is in direct violation of the law.
The Growth Management Act was designed to protect our farmland and discourage suburban sprawl. Strip malls run from coast to coast, and most of them are empty these days.
Our economy is changing and, long after we finally recover, certain segments of our lives will have changed. Building more “junctions” or outlet malls is old business. Last quarter, Amazon reported an increase of 50 percent in sales. Not one traditional retailer came anywhere near that figure.
With a few exceptions, such as electronics and furniture, shopping online is a business that will eventually dwarf what Wall Street now calls “offline retail.”
The real issue here is respecting the law. We elect people to govern and respect our laws. We do not want our officials to cave to the emotional immediacy of a moment and set aside the rule of law.
Likewise, the YMCA is supposed to represent the best interests of the community. Pouring asphalt over legally protected land does not set an honorable example. Everyone needs to step back, think long and very hard about why this law is on the books.
Sumner stands to lose something that makes the community unique. And the County Council would lose its integrity by ignoring this law.