The state Growth Management Hearings Board has ruled in favor of the farmland advocates who appealed the Pierce County Council’s controversial Orton Junction land-use decision.
That means the planned mixed-use development in the Orton Junction area south of Sumner, which is slated to include a YMCA, is stalled for the time being.
Sumner officials say they plan to appeal.
“The City of Sumner believes the board has made a mistake in failing to recognize that Orton Junction is well within the parameters of what is permitted by the (state) Growth Management Act and, in fact, would do more to protect agriculture in Pierce County than the existing zoning has or can do,” the city said in a news release.
The coalition of farmland groups, led by the Seattle-based Futurewise, said the board made the right call.
“Over the last ten years, Pierce County has lost more agricultural land than any other county in Western Washington. Today’s ruling will help to turn the tide,” said Tim Trohimovich, director of planning and law, in a news release.
The growth board issued its decision Monday, but it wasn’t made public until today.