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Pierce County avoids risk of losing potential state grants, loans

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm with 1 Comment »
September 19, 2012 4:39 pm

Pierce County for the time being will not lose its ability to compete for an estimated $31 million in potential state grants and loans because a state board ruled several comprehensive plan amendments were out of compliance.

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to postpone indefinitely action on repealing the four comprehensive plan amendments.

The Growth Management Hearings Board has stayed its rulings pending the outcome of appeals in Pierce and Thurston County Superior Courts, which is expected to take at least six months.

The state Department of Commerce has indicated the stays will protect the county from any sanctions, said Mike Kruger, council legislative analyst.

The amendments authorized land-use changes that open the door to the proposed Orton Junction development south of Sumner and the Bethel School District’s plans to eventually build a high school on land it owns in the Graham area.

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  1. S_Emerson says:

    Did the NT read the Stay itself? It says that only the process is stayed, that is, the final County ordinance complying with the Hearings Board decision is stayed (placed on hold) until some future date. However, the Stay Order clearly states that the County is still not in compliance with the GMA. A big major difference. This may get a little messy when the County starts the budget process and is looking for State grants of money.

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