December 2016

Public Works Employee Recognition

Jonathan Wikander, Public Works Collections Division Supervisor, received recognition from the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. The ESGR supports both employers and military employees by educating, advocating, recognizing and mediating. Congratulations, Jonathan!
Jonathan Wikander receiving recognition
Jonathan Wikander Certificate

Hearing Examiner

The City Hearing Examiner held a public hearing on a proposed Preliminary Plat for the “Sully’s Glen” project on January 11, 2017. Sully’s Glen is a proposed 28-unit single-family residential subdivision on a 9.4-acre site, located in the 2800 block of 23rd Avenue SE.  

All Hearing Examiner hearings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of City Hall (333 S. Meridian). Any interested party is welcome to attend the hearing and, if desired, offer testimony.  Please contact Senior Planner Chris Beale (841-5418) if you have any questions about this case. 
Annual Christmas Party
The Activity Center celebrated in style with the Annual Christmas Party at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Everyone enjoyed wonderful entertainment by the Ferrucci Jr. High School Band, Choir and Orchestra. There was also an appearance by Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus who provided photos and gift bags for all of the participants. The party included raffles and lunch with many desserts to choose from. Additionally, our seniors gave generously and exceeded last year’s 200 pounds of food for the Puyallup Food Bank.
PAC Christmas - Photo with Santa

Local Source Control Program - 2016 Business Outreach in Review

The Local Source Control Program (LSC) continued to reach Puyallup’s business owners in 2016 with positive recommendations to reduce pollution to our precious waterways.

This year has been another successful year for visits and Best Management Practice (BMP) adoption. The program worked closely with Puyallup Main Street Association to develop new stormwater education and management plans to use when vendors come to Puyallup for events such as the Farmer’s Market and Meeker Days. This outreach effort helps educate vendors at these events, and reduces the potential for pollutant runoff during rain or illegal dumping into our storm system. Since rollout of the LSC Program with grant funding in 2012, the program has visited nearly 300 small Puyallup businesses and has seen those business adopt new BMPs for storing chemicals, materials, and dangerous waste as a steady rate of 63% of all recommended BMPs. The City expects this program to continue its success with business outreach and will include more property management groups such as apartments and commercial plazas in 2017. 

Another milestone of Puyallup’s 2016 LSC year was its leadership with the Ecology-led program to assemble a work group focused on rebranding the LSC Program regionally to be better recognized by the public. Starting in 2017, the program will be known as Pollution Prevention Assistance, with the focus remaining on technical support and outreach to local small businesses.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Create a treasured memory with the little girl in your life at our Daddy Daughter Dance. All father figures are invited to attend this Puyallup tradition designed to bring dads and daughters together for a night of fun. This dance features a live DJ playing kid friendly hits, light refreshments and a professional photographer. Space is limited so be sure to register early and make this a night to remember! Pre-registration is required. Tickets are currently on sale.
When: Saturday, February 4th 
          New this year: extra dance added!! Choose from 3-5pm or 6-8pm
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion
Fee: $25 per couple, $10 each additional daughter

Van Lierop Park Master Plan & Phase 1 Design

In December 2015 the City acquired 18 acres of farmland to be held for the location of a future community park, to fit the need identified in the 2014 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. With funding from the Parks CIP budget, as well as a grant from the State Legislature the City has hired the consultant firm MIG-SVR to begin development of a Master Plan for the site. The process will invite input and ideas from various groups around the community to help decide what sports programming would best fit the future Van Lierop Park site. Early 2017 will host various in-person and online sessions to gather community input on the park programming. 

As part of the process, the overall park project will be broken down into phases to allow for construction of fields and amenities as funding becomes available. Phase 1 is expected to include a new extension of the Riverwalk Trail, and will be designed in 2017 for construction before the end of the year. 

For more information on this project and to follow the Master Planning process, please visit the project webpage:

2016 Permeable Streets Project

As part of restoration work following water main replacement projects, the 2016 Permeable Streets Project will retrofit two cul-de-sac streets – 14th & 15th Street PL NW, south of 4th Avenue NW – with permeable pavements. The project will provide a side-by-side comparison of pervious concrete and porous asphalt, using the City’s most-recent specifications which incorporate strengthening additives and curing compounds. 

The project re-bid in November and will be presented to Council for contract award consideration in January 2017 with subsequent construction expected to begin in early 2017.

Overnight Christmas Leavenworth Trip

The two-day adventure started with a beautiful 2.5-hour drive through Snoqualmie Pass to snowy Leavenworth. Participants embraced the Bavarian spirit as they entered Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival. Everyone was able to enjoy some light shopping before heading into Cashmere for a tour of Aplets and Cotlets Candy Country Store. The snow began to fall upon checking into the Icicle Village Resort for dinner and relaxing. The following day, participants woke up to a winter wonderland! Many took the opportunity to further explore the town and shop before beginning the commute back to Puyallup through Stevens Pass.

NPDES Stormwater Permit Activities: LID Code Changes

The City of Puyallup, along with over 100 other Washington cities and counties, are required to follow regulations on stormwater management, guided by the Department of Ecology. In November 2016, City Council adopted an Ordinance to revise municipal code that changes the way stormwater is managed for new and redevelopment projects in Puyallup. As part of the City’s NPDES Stormwater Permit requirements, beginning January 1, 2017, stormwater management and design standards will include Low Impact Development (LID) principles including use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) in development. GSI are facilities and site elements that manage stormwater on-site instead of directing it to storm ponds, ditches, pipes and our local waterways. GSI includes permeable pavements, rain gardens, bioretention and green roofs. New design standards and drawings are being developed and will be published in early 2017. A major change in the standards will be use of porous pavements as the standard for road construction instead of regular, dense grade hot mix asphalt and dense concrete for sidewalks. Also, expect to see more pervious concrete streets as that becomes the preferred alternative for higher volume streets. 

Learn more about the NPDES Stormwater Permit LID-related regulations on the Department of Ecology website:


Holiday parties and events have been the bulk of the December bookings at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. We have hosted holiday parties for Potelco, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections, Brooks Running, Puyallup High School Football, Lexus/Jaguar car dealerships, the City Employee Holiday party, and the very popular Puyallup Activity Center Holiday Luncheon. In addition, the Pavilion hosted three weddings and a lovely Quinceañera. 

Puyallup Main Street Association’s Holiday Market was held at the Pavilion in conjunction with the Santa Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting Event in Pioneer Park. Puyallup Recreation also held their Santa Breakfast at the Pavilion, which is always a very popular annual tradition for families to kick off the holiday season and, of course, chat with Santa!

Permit Activity 

The City’s Permit Center has been busy in 2016. Below are activity levels for the calendar year:

  • Total # of building permit submittals: 1083 (only the second year in the last decade with more than 1000 building permit submittals).
  • # of online permits issued: 309 (highest annual level ever)
  • Total # of single-family residential permit submittals: 138 
  • Total building permit valuation: $98.6 million
  • # of pre-application meetings held for potential new development projects: 52  

9th Ave. SW & 9th St. SW Traffic Circle/Calming (2015-025)

This Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project will include a permanent traffic circle at 9th Avenue SW and 9th Street SW, as well as two curb bump outs with rain garden plantings. The project was at 90% design review and nearly ready for bid, however a raised crosswalk with rectangular rapid flashing beacons was added to the construction project last minute. This addition will slightly delay the project bid date but it is still expected for January. 

Breakfast with Santa

Pioneer Park Pavilion hosted over 200 people on December 10th for the annual Breakfast with Santa. Attendees enjoyed a delicious warm breakfast buffet, holiday music, pictures with Santa and quality time with family and friends. There was also a station for holiday crafts, letters to Santa and dancing in the snow with Rudolph, Olaf, Anna and Elsa!
Dancing In Snow

WSU LID Frontage Improvements – Phase 1 Construction

The WSU LID Frontage project was identified as a project with multiple benefits for the City and community. The project will address stormwater permit requirements by reducing untreated flows into Clarks Creek. It will also provide data for LID research to advance stormwater management options in partnership with the Washington Stormwater Center based at Washington State University Puyallup. 

Broken into five main phases, the project includes W. Pioneer west of Clarks Creek bridge, and Fruitland Avenue southward to 9th Avenue SW. Each phase of the project will include retrofit of W. Pioneer and Fruitland Avenue with permeable pavements and add sidewalks and bicycle facilities. Construction of Phase 1 (W. Pioneer from Fruitland to Clarks Creek bridge) will begin in February 2017 with preloading work and roadway construction will begin in summer 2017. Grant funding from this project was awarded from Department of Ecology.

Learning Your Smart Phone, Tablet, or iPhone

The Puyallup Activity Center has a wonderful partnership with the YMCA Youth Investment Center to assist with the managing and learning of new technology.  Participants sign up for the class and come with questions. The YMCA Youth Center sits one-on-one with a participant to show, explain, and teach participants tricks to using their new phones and or tablets.  

Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program – 2016 in Review

A big thank you is in order for the work in supporting water quality improvements in Puyallup! As the eighth year of Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program comes to a close, the collective efforts of well over 100 residents who have participated over the years have been tallied. Over 1.5 million annual gallons of stormwater have been removed from the system and are now being treated on-site in true Low Impact Development fashion.

In 2016, the residential-based cost-share program gained 6 new permeable pavements, 2 rain gardens, and 22 rain barrels. In total, the 2016 projects reduced annual runoff by more than 200,000 gallons of stormwater. This year’s program was funded in part with a Department of Ecology stormwater grant and supported with rain garden design assistance from our Program Partners at Pierce Conservation District. 

Permeable Paver Walkway

Permeable Paver Walkway

Rain Garden & Rain Barrel Installation

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Installation (1)
Visit the program webpage to learn more about the program and ways you can reduce environmental impacts with Green Stormwater:

Mystery Monday

For the adventurous ones that like to let go of control, hop on a bus and go, the Activity Center’s popular Mystery Monday Trips will not disappoint. A recent Mystery Trip aimed to get participants in the holiday spirit, taking them north to Issaquah to enjoy the Reindeer Festival. They were greeted with Santa and his sleigh for a photo opportunity before exploring the unique zoo which is home to a variety of animals including: tigers, wallabies, cougars, and reindeer.  After the zoo, they headed to Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah’s famous restaurant, for lunch before heading back to Puyallup.

Upper Clarks Creek Channel Stabilization

As part of the City’s implementation of the NPDES Stormwater Permit, projects are identified which support compliance with the permit and the TMDL Plans connected with the permit. Total maximum daily limit (TMDL) plans are created for waterways with degraded water quality. In Puyallup, the Clarks Creek Dissolved Oxygen and Sediment Reduction TMDL requires the City to develop a plan of action to retrofit streets, improve streams, and install stormwater treatment facilities to support improvement of dissolved oxygen and reduced sediment loading in Clarks Creek.
The Upper Clarks Creek Channel Stabilization project, funded in the 2015 budget, was identified in the Puyallup Tribe’s 2013 Sediment Reduction Plan as a key project to support the TMDL efforts. The project targets upper reaches of the Clarks Creek channel that have been eroding away and flushing sediment to the downstream reaches of the creek. The Puyallup Tribe funded the initial development of the stabilization plan design in 2014-2016. The City is now taking lead on the completion. The project is currently finalizing the permitting stage, and is expect to go out to bid in March 2017, with construction beginning in summer 2017.

Holiday Decorations 

Pioneer Park was given some “extra” attention and cleanup in preparation of the Santa Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting Event. Parks staff put up holiday lights on City Hall, Pavilion, Rotary Stage and the Public Safety Building. In addition, the light poles in Pioneer Park were wrapped to look like candy canes, wreaths were hung and of course the lighting of the Children’s tree. Parks Staff also put up trees inside the Library and in the lobby of City Hall. 

Shaw Road, 23rd – Manorwood (2014-012)

This project proposes widening the roadway by adding a two-way left turn lane the length of the project, installing a sidewalk on the west side, and a shared use trail on the east side. Street lighting and planted medians will also be included in the design.  
Staff and the consultant are working diligently on the right-of-way needed for the project. We are optimistic that the project will go to bid in March provided that right-of-way acquisition progresses smoothly. A March bid date would most likely mean that construction would be underway by May. Construction will likely continue through the end of 2017. 

Development Services 

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following possible new development projects: 

  • A proposed new hotel at the NE corner of 9th Street SW-39th Avenue SW. The proposed multi-story 15,200 square foot building would contain 106 hotel rooms, with associated parking to the site’s interior. 
  • A major remodel to the existing Burger King restaurant at 807 River Road, including changes to the existing building and drive-through configuration.
  • A new single-family residential short plat, proposed for the 2400 block of 13th Street SW.
  • A proposed major remodel to the existing Meridian Hills Assisted Living Community, located at 1813 South Meridian. This senior facility currently has 81 units/103 beds in multiple buildings on a 2.4-acre site. The owner is considering substantial internal renovations to all buildings, including potentially adding new units to one wing of the complex.    
  • Construction of an expanded mezzanine area at The Forum tavern, located in the 200 block of S. Meridian. This internal remodel would involve raising a portion of the establishment’s roofline to accommodate the new area. 
  • A two-lot single-family residential plat proposal in the 500 block of 4th Street NE.   

City of Puyallup Featured by Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks (WF) is a non-profit organization which has been commissioned by our State Legislature to manage film and production incentive programs here in Washington for the purpose of spurring economic development, creating jobs and showcasing our region. 

Washington Filmworks is featuring Puyallup in its digital newsletter as “Location of the Month” for January. This article (link below) has been distributed to WF’s 2,700 subscribers in the film community. It will also be shared on their blog and via their social media accounts. Additionally, the City of Seattle Office of Film + Music customarily shares these profiles in their weekly electronic newsletter.

Code Enforcement

The following are some key statistics related to Puyallup’s code enforcement activity for 2016, courtesy of City Code Compliance Officer Shane Pieren: 

  • Total # of compliance cases submitted in 2016: 278    
  • Total compliance cases resolved in 2016: 271
  • Total # of compliance cases worked on by staff during 2016 (including pre-2016 submittals): 355
  • The top subjects of compliance cases (in order): property maintenance issues, overgrown vegetation, solid waste, zoning/unauthorized uses.  
  • 94% of all compliance complaints are responded to within one day of submittal. The balance are responded to within one week.      

Giving Tree

Thank you to everyone who helped make our second annual Giving Tree a huge success! All 40 tags were taken and gifts were returned. It took 3 people almost 6 hours to wrap all 100 boxes. Most boxes had multiple gifts. All presents were delivered to the Puyallup School District main office who delivered them directly to deserving students at Stewart, Karshner, Firgrove and Sunrise Elementary Schools.
Giving Tree Picture 2016