Cindy Beckett Letter Opposing Approval .pdf

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From: Cindy Beckett [mailto:cindybeckett@comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015 1:17 PM
To: Rick Talbert; Dennis Hanberg; Mark Luppino; Pat McCarthy; Ray Hoffmann
Subject: parcel # 7745001900 - address 9716 17TH AV E

The 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) requires “early and continual citizen participation”
in the development and updates of local comprehensive plans. In addition, one specific goal
of GMA is to “Encourage the involvement of citizens in the planning process.”
Midland citizens fully participated in the GMA mandatory community planning.
This plan for Midland was drafted by the people who live in Midland and is the
vision we have for both residential growth and for the recovery of our
community’s economic sector. “Allowing” us to participate in writing this plan
was not a “favor” bestowed upon us from Pierce County, it was a mandatory part
of the GMA. In the 1990’s, as we drafted our Midland Community Plan, we
designated this then vacant parcel as N/C. It was accepted by Pierce County and
became part of the PSM Community Plan. Nowhere in this plan does it say
“community plan designated zoning applies only when we feel like it”. It was
already zoned N/C at the time of purchase by GPR.
We expect our local government to respect this and support/uphold our
community plan.
If Pierce County allows this illegal occupation, contamination and continued non-conforming
use of one of our designated prime downtown recovery properties, you will have performed
a great disservice to our community and spit in the faces of all of us in Midland who
participated in the writing of our community plan. PALS already ruined a large area of our
designated downtown area by allowing houses to be built on our N/C parcels. I have found
nowhere in all of my searches of the GMA where PALS has the authority to completely
dismiss the people of a community and to overturn the implemented goals of their
community plans at whim.
Thank you
Cindy Beckett (see below)

Our community plan is not a “favor” granted to us by this county, and we were not given
to believe it was ever “lip service” from PALS. A few examples about community
planning…..
“There is a fundamental belief in the United States that people have a right to take part in
decisions that affect them. Washington State growth management decisions are no exception.
Citizens need to be informed about land development plans and projects, and prepared with the
facts they need to fully participate. The 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) requires
“early and continual citizen participation” in the
development and updates of local comprehensive plans. In addition, one specific goal of
GMA is to “Encourage the involvement of citizens in the planning process.” The language isn’t
thrown into the law as lip service. Citizen participation in local government and land use

decisions must involve the people – whether testifying at a public hearing, serving on a
planning board or taking part in an opinion survey on the phone or Internet. “

There is also concrete evidence and nearly 20 years of courtroom and growth management
hearing board decisions to back up that core right. Go wrong with public participation, and even
the best plan will be suspect.
title : Shaping Washington’s Growth Management Future Citizen Participation and Community
Visioning Guide
publication number : 001
month-year published : 10/1991
month-year updated : 06/2008
online / print availability : YES / YES
short description : Citizen participation in growth management decisions is not only required, it
starts a good communication link among officials, community members and planning staff. The
end result is a better and more acceptable plan.
articles include : Tools for Public Participations, Success Stories, Community Visioning,
Hearings Board, Board Decisions
author(s) : Growth Management Services
number of pages : 50
keywords : participation, community visioning

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