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.