Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 17th, 2017

1:30pm Community Development Committee

Derek Young, Chair
Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair
Rick Talbert
Jim McCune
Pam Roach

This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Electronic meeting material can be accessed at Video archives are available at

No business to conduct at this CDC meeting, but I did want to use the time to have an update on regional issues the Council needs to be aware of.

Regional Centers Framework Discussion — Joint Council/Executive Letter Provided to the Growth Management Policy Board Presenter: Dan Cardwell — Planning and Public Works Department

The main thing to know about regional growth and transportation planning is that it’s largely about where to invest scarce federal transportation dollars. We’ve decided to focus them on regional centers which means the possibility of losing that designation also makes it harder to compete for grants.

That’s what is at stake.

Puget Sound Regional Council’s Conditional Certification of the Comprehensive Plan — Work Program Status Presenter: Dan Cardwell — Planning and Public Works Department

You may recall that our Comp Plan received a conditional approval rather than a full approval. This update is on our progress towards meeting those conditions.

9:30 a.m. Transportation Benefit District Board of Governors

Douglas G. Richardson, Chair
Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair
Dan Roach
Pam Roach
Jim McCune
Rick Talbert
Derek Young

Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) Update (Brian Stacy, Public Works)

Transportation Plan Presentation (Brian Stacy, Public Works)

Actions Items 1. Resolution №2017–3, A Resolution of the Pierce County Transportation Benefit District, Relating to Notice of Board and Executive Committee Meetings, and Adding a New Section to the District Operating Rules.

Since this is another of these “lets pretend we’re not the County Council” districts that can occasionally get around open government rules, I’m introducing this resolution to ensure we operate as closely to the Council’s rules of procedure and the Charter.

3:00pm County Council

Council meetings are audio recorded and cablecast from gavel to gavel. Meetings are broadcast live and replayed beginning the next day on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Video archives are available at Audio equipment is available for the hearing impaired. Please contact the receptionist for assistance.

Proposal №2017–6s, 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting the 2017 Amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan Policies and Land Use Designations; “Gig Harbor Community Plan” Policies; and “Key Peninsula Community Plan” Policies; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting Forth an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

There are several minor issues on the agenda but this will be the main event. Although this Comprehensive Plan cycle has several other amendments, the main issue is Agricultural Resource Land.

One thing that may be confusing, the bill came out of committee substituted to keep the status quo. In other words, the recommendation to Council on ARL is “no action.”

Here’s more on the topic:

1:30pm Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole

Douglas G. Richardson, Chair
Rick Talbert, Vice Chair
Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore
Connie Ladenburg
Jim McCune
Pam Roach
Derek Young

This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and replayed on channel 78 (Rainier Connect). Electronic meeting material can be accessed at Video archives are available at

Proposal №2017–13, Budget Supplemental An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Ordinance №2016–65s2 as Amended by Ordinance №2016–93; Modifying the 2017 Pierce County Budget; and Amending the Pierce County Capital Facilities Plan Adopted Pursuant to Ordinance №2016–67s.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Douglas G. Richardson and Derek Young

This is the third Committee of the Whole on the supplemental budget. This one will focus on the non-behavioral health sections. We’ll also look more deeply at the revenue projections. I’ve asked for updates to the new revenue ex-new spending projections on ending fund balance.

I’m also asking staff to present what I call the “darker timeline” projection. Since we’re likely at the end of the business cycle, what does it look like if we tip into a recession, or have more historically normal inflation.

11:30am Human Services Ad Hoc Committee

After an extensive public process in 2016, involving the Pierce County Behavioral Health System Study conducted by Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), the Council created the Ad Hoc Human Services Committee to dedicated significant time and effort into determining the feasibility of some or all of the HRSI Study recommendations, within current available County resources.

Discussion of Counties Roles in Integration 2020

Washington’s transformation of Medicaid services integrates mental health, substance abuse, and physical health into one system. We’ve integrated the first two into Behavioral Health Organizations. The next step is full integration by 2020.

My Weekly Calendar

Earlier this year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I’m just going to start publishing screen shots. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.



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Derek Young

Derek Young

Pierce County Councilmember. Serving Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Key Peninsula, Ruston, and parts of North and West Tacoma.