Good Samaritan Hospital Master Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Good Samaritan Hospital (MultiCare) is proposing a new 10-year Master Plan permit that would govern the future build out and expansion of the campus for the community and regional needs for medical and emergency services. The City of Puyallup will be processing a Master Plan application and is conducting and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Master Plan permit application and EIS are parallel permit processes with separate and distinct opportunities for public input and review.
November 18, 2022 UPDATE:
The deadline for providing comment is 4pm, Monday, December 19, 2022. See below for more information.
The project includes the expansion of the Good Samaritan Hospital campus, including a new patient care tower (240,000 square feet, 190 new beds), two (2) new medical office buildings (200,000 square feet), central support tower (90,000 square feet), expansion of the existing Emergency Department, added building area and infrastructure related to the campus Central Utility Plant, new off-street parking, utility improvements, street improvements, landscaping, storm water infrastructure and other improvements.
Master Plan permits are processed through the Planning Commission and are approved by the City Council. Certain projects, like Good Sam Hospital, due to their large site areas, scale of buildings and structures, high trip generation rates, incremental growth over time, unique characteristics and potential impacts to the community, require a special degree of review and opportunity for public comment through the Master Plan process. It is expected that approval of a Master Plan will guide development within the affected project for a period of 10 years. Good Sam had a previously approved Master Plan in 2003, with an amendment in 2007. The previous Master Plan has expired.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a separate, parallel review process of the project’s environmental impacts on the community. That process starts with a review of a SEPA environmental checklist. An EIS is “(…) shall provide impartial discussion of significant environmental impacts and shall inform decision makers and the public of reasonable alternatives, including mitigation measures, that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance environmental quality (WAC 197-11-400)”. The EIS is an administrative permit process. The City of Puyallup will be acting as the Lead Agency for the EIS and will be soliciting input from the public, other public agencies and Tribal Governments on the scope of the EIS and to review the EIS analysis.
November 18, 2022.
The City of Puyallup has initiated the EIS process and is requesting comments on the scope of the EIS study. The lead agency (City of Puyallup) has preliminarily identified the following elements of the environment that may be impacted by the project proposal which will be the focus of the discussion and analysis in the EIS.
The Lead Agency is requesting comments on this preliminary list of areas of the environment scoped to be studied in the EIS to assist in defining the final scope of the EIS document.
- Transportation, particularly roadway network, vehicular traffic, traffic safety and parking
- Public Services and Utilities, including sanitary sewer, storm water, domestic water availability, fire services
- Environmental health, including noise, risk of explosion, and hazardous materials
- Air Quality
- Earth, including volcanic, steep slope and erosion hazard areas
- Land and Shoreline Use, including aesthetics, and historic and cultural resources/preservation
- Energy, including availability, amount required/rate of use/efficiency, conservation and renewable resources
- Mitigation measures
Scoping: Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS. You may comment, among other matters, on topic areas that should be included in the EIS, request alternatives to be studied, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses, permits or other approvals that may be required. Methods for providing your comments are described below:
- Via Email to the lead staff planner: Chris Beale, Senior Planner email@example.com
- In writing to: ATTN: Chris Beale, Senior Planner. Puyallup City Hall, 333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
- Phone: (253) 841.5418 (written comments via email are preferred)
- In person: Puyallup City Hall, 333 S. Meridian, 2nd floor (Permit Center), Puyallup, WA 98371, 9am-3pm M-F
Deadline: The deadline for providing comment is 4pm, Monday, December 19, 2022