7/16/18 - Public Hearing on Warehouse Development -
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 9 am
Public Services Building (Annex), South Entrance, Public Meeting
Room 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
In a nutshell, the city of Puyallup does not
approve of the proposed MASSIVE development of warehouses at the
bottom of Shaw road, and wants Pierce County to do an impact study.
They don't want to.
|Below is a message from Puyallup
Mayor John Palmer regarding
a proposed large warehouse
project at Shaw Road and 60th St. E.
Hi Puyallup Citizens Concerned About this Proposal:
On Monday July 16 at 9 AM in
Tacoma at the address below, the public will have the opportunity to
provide public comment on this project. Public Services Building
(Annex), South Entrance, Public Meeting Room 2401 South 35th Street,
Tacoma, WA 98409.
Also at this hearing, the Hearing
Examiner will consider the City of Puyallup's appeal of Pierce
County's determination that this massive warehouse proposal will not
cause significant impacts.
The City, on behalf of the
citizens of Puyallup, is arguing that this 7 large warehouse complex
will lead to significant traffic impacts and will negatively effect
As most of you will attest, Shaw
Road is already a heavily used congested roadway and adding nearly
1,800 large trucks and 7,000 total vehicles per day that will access
the warehouses from a new Shaw Road Overpass offramp would make
The City is arguing the County
should require an Environmental Impact Statement, allow for public
input on the project, and apply proper mitigation in accordance with
the State's Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The County did not have
a single public hearing on it's determination that this proposal
would not cause significant impacts. This proposal is not consistent
with the City's land use plan for this future annexation area, which
was adopted in 2009 with the involvement of the land owners.
The City's plan includes a mix of development types as well as about
40 acres of open space/Ag (agricultural) land where warehouses
When the Shaw Road Overpass was built it
was intended to support the City's land use plan not a huge
warehouse complex. The Shaw Road Overpass cost $26 Million of which
the City paid $8.4 million, which includes your tax dollars and we
are still paying this debt. It's noteworthy that this proposal would
not be viable without the access provided by the Shaw Road Overpass
built with your money.
I continue to advocate for a fair and
balanced development plan for this area that includes some protected
Ag land/open space. The City and Council members have reached out to
the County Executive, developer, and land owner in attempt to
negotiate a more reasonable development plan.
The City also provided numerous comments
to the County on this proposal (see City link below for some of the
comments). The County, however, has expressed no interest in
addressing the City's concerns and has abandoned its long-standing
and well documented commitment to protect some of this land as Ag
Sincerely, John Palmer
p.s. - I will also note that there is one warehouse that is in
the City limits adjacent to Shaw Road that is in the process of
being built that is a separate project (Viking/former Schnitzer),
which was allowed as a result of a controversial re-zone several
years ago. The Michelson/Knutson project includes the other 7
warehouses as shown below.
Message from Mayor John Palmer regarding a Pierce County Council
meeting next Monday
=== EMAILS Received ===========================
(see Emails Received below)
Of particular interest to those who live in the City of Puyallup
is the proposed development of a 187-acre site for warehouses. The
site is located just east of the Shaw Road extension bridge. The
applicant's preliminary site plan shows over 3 million square feet
of industrial (warehouse distribution and freight movement) space in
seven separate warehouses.
- At this time, the Board
is not addressing this issue on
behalf of the HOA
- FYI. Steps you can take if you
a. Review the letter from
the City of Puyallup (Notice
from City of Puyallup). Send your comments and questions to
Marcia Lucero at email@example.com or
b. Below is an email
received from a CRHOA resident. Associated documents:
Letter of Concern by CRHOA Resident (redacted)
Reply by Pierce County to CRHOA Resident (redacted)
Traffic Impact Assessment
Revised TIA Knutson Industrial
c. Visit Pierce Co web site
for this issue: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=4751
d. To receive email
notifications of the status, go to https://palsonline.co.pierce.wa.us/palsonline/#/dashboard,
Select "Login" in the top menu to set up an account.
account is set up, Login and then click on "Permit Search" in top
Application/Permit # box, enter 840137.
Application/Permit Info web page, click on "I want
to...", then "Add to eNotification", then click on "Status".
e. Plan to attend a City of
Puyallup PUBLIC HEARING (date, time, location to be determined).
=== EMAILS Received
- 7/20/16 - Email received from a CR resident
I have contacted our city council on the Shaw road widening and
on the Van Leitrop project. I am in the process of outlining an
email to Pierce county transportation engineering. I see no one has
mentioned the fact that these warehouse's will I'm sure be using the
railroad spur that crosses Shaw. This will have a devastating effect
on our ability to come and go. As will these warehouse's using 134th
with the main line passing through there. Has anybody considered
- 7/19/16 - Email received from a CR resident
This week, in response to the City of Puyallup’s notice of the
proposed warehouse mega-complex development coming to our area
(Knutson Farms, Inc land), I expressed my concerns to Pierce County
regarding how this development will significantly impact our local
traffic on Shaw Road, already an overcrowded arterial. In a reply to
my email, Pierce County’s Development Engineer confirmed today that
Pierce County has NO PLANS to expand traffic capacity on the roads
adjacent to the proposed warehouse complex (187-acre mega-complex
site). See attached reply.
Also enclosed is Pierce County’s
comments to a Traffic Impact Assessment on the roads around the
proposed mega-complex. In this report, Pierce County states that
this development will add over 6,700 additional DAILY trips to 134th
Avenue East (which, by proximity, will spill onto Pioneer Road and
toward the Shaw Rd / Pioneer Intersection).
Please inform CR
Homeowners that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held by the City of
Puyallup on this issue (date, time, location to be determined) and
urge attendance at this meeting since this development is forecasted
to have a major impact on our surrounding roads and traffic flow.
Please refer to attached documentation & report.
Proposed Warehouse Development
- Letter mailed from The City of Puyallup
- See letter for dates & comments mailing
address and email address
12/14/14 Original -
06/21/16 Revised -
07/14/16 Mailed to residents
- 07/18/16 Comment deadline
or anytime prior to project permit