The Puyallup City Council will revisit a rule requiring outside residents who want city water and sewer service to consent to annexation – but not yet.
The council Tuesday tabled an ordinance that would make changes to that part of city code, including removing the annexation requirement. Instead, the possible changes will be discussed at an upcoming study session.
Some council members said they wanted more time to discuss the matter in depth.
The annexation issue was at the heart of a local business man’s yearslong legal battle with Puyallup. Mike Stanzel wanted to add onto his recreation business in unincorporated north Puyallup and approached the city for the water availability letter he needed to do so.
But the city, which provides water service in the area, wanted him to agree not to oppose future annexation.
He objected and took the city to court, eventually winning favorable rulings in Pierce County Superior Court and the state Court of Appeals.
Last month, the council approved a $270,000 settlement agreement.
The city’s annexation requirement is lawful, city staff wrote in a memo to the council. However, cities don’t have to impose it – it’s at their discretion, the memo said.