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County Planning Commission delays decision on Sumner land proposal

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on June 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm with No Comments »
June 23, 2011 3:03 pm

The Pierce County Planning Commission decided last night that it wants more time to consider a proposal that would pave the way for a mixed-used development in Sumner anchored by a YMCA.

It’s now slated to make its recommendation to the County Council in July, said senior planner Dan Cardwell.

The proposal calls for expanding the city’s urban growth area by 182 acres to the south. The Sumner-based Investco Financial Corp. owns most of the property there, and its chief executive officer has listed shops and medical and higher education facilities as possible tenants.

He’s also offered space for a YMCA.

But that project hinges on the county’s approval of the city’s proposal, which would open the area to urban uses, a YMCA spokeswoman has said.

Opponents of the proposal have raised concerns about loss of farmland.

The proposal was on Wednesday night’s Planning Commission agenda, along with a slew of other comprehensive plan amendments. One was a request by the City of Orting to designate about 300 acres as urban growth area to make way for light industry; the commission recommended denial, Cardwell said.

The meeting is 7 p.m. July 13 at the county annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma.


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