In 1998, the City Council adopted a policy for the naming of the City's park and recreation areas; however, the City does not have a comprehensive policy for the naming of all City buildings, parks, facilities and monuments. Council discussed this topic at its January 8, 2013 meeting, at which time it reviewed an example of a building naming policy from the City of DuPont. Council directed staff to bring back a proposed policy similar to DuPont's, emphasized that it should include public participation in the process.
The resolution that accompanies this agenda bill would:
• Allow Puyallup residents, in addition to the City Council, to initiate the process for the naming or renaming of a City building, park, facility, or monument;
• Require a public hearing prior to the naming or renaming of any City building, park, facility, or monument;
• Create four categories by which a City building, park, facility, or monument can be named;
• Direct that a City building, park, facility, or monument cannot be named after a living elected official for at least ten years after the person leaves office; and
• Provide that the Design Review and Historic Preservation Board will review naming and renaming proposals and make a recommendation to the City Council.