News Flash

Public Notices

Posted on: October 26, 2020

UPDATE: Puyallup United Methodist Church Temporary Homeless Encampment

UPDATE: The Puyallup United Methodist Church has withdrawn its notice of intent to establish a homeless encampment on its property, as previously announced. Any future decision by the church to seek a permit of this kind would be shared publicly prior to a permit being issued. 10/26/20

(previous notice below)

The Puyallup United Methodist Church (“Church”) has submitted a letter to the City regarding their intent to host a temporary homeless encampment on its property located at 1919 West Pioneer in Puyallup.  According to the letter, the temporary encampment would be for “unhoused families with children in the Puyallup School District living in their vehicles.” 

In accordance with court decisions and Washington State law, religious organizations have the right to host temporary homeless encampments, subject to reasonable conditions imposed by the City. For the Church to host a temporary encampment, the Church must apply for, and obtain, a permit from the City. At this time, the Church has not yet submitted a complete application, nor has a permit been issued. City staff and Church staff will be meeting to discuss this matter. 

Pursuant to the Puyallup Municipal Code, a temporary encampment can only operate up to 90 days, serve a maximum of forty (40) people, and a church can only host a temporary encampment once per year. In addition, to ensuring compliance with all applicable state and local laws concerning water, fire, solid waste disposal, human waste, electrical systems and stormwater quality, a temporary encampment would also be required to provide: 

    Fencing or landscaping to screen the encampment from neighboring properties;

    An operations and security plan;

    Background checks, including for sex offender status;

    A code of conduct prohibiting alcohol, weapons, illegal drugs, loitering in the surrounding neighborhood, trespassing on private property, and littering in the encampment or surrounding neighborhood; and

    A process for ejection for failure to comply with the code of conduct.

The forgoing list is not exhaustive. The full provisions of the process and requirements for establishing a temporary homeless encampment in the City of Puyallup can be read here. (Puyallup Municipal Code Chapter 20.73). 

Before any permit is issued, the Church is required to host a community meeting, notifying all property owners with 1,000 feet of the proposed site, to share information about this proposal. Notice will be given at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting. Any person may participate and provide comments, and no permit would be issued prior to this public process. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: 

Jeff Wilson, Director of Development & Permitting Services -- or 253-841-5502  

Rachael Brown, Assistant Planner -- or  253-770-3363 

The City of Puyallup appreciates and welcomes community involvement in all matters of interest and concern. Use this link to sign up to receive notices via email or text on meetings, events, news and emergency alerts. 

Read on ...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Public Notices

Public Notice - Street Closures

Posted on: November 25, 2021

Free Car Wash Coupon Offer

Posted on: November 5, 2020
Sound icon

Lahar Warning Siren System Change

Posted on: October 22, 2020
Raked leaves in bags

2020 Fall Clean-Up: November 9-13*

Posted on: October 13, 2020

Police and Water and Streets, Oh My!

Posted on: July 29, 2020

Message to the Puyallup Community

Posted on: June 13, 2020
lawn-mower-for spring clean up

Spring Clean-Up Changes

Posted on: April 10, 2020

Puyallup City Hall Service Changes

Posted on: March 17, 2020
COVID-19 info graphic

COVID-19 Update

Posted on: March 3, 2020

COVID-19 Information

Posted on: March 2, 2020
The Rose

City Gallery Art Show: Curt BoD

Posted on: January 15, 2020
Decline graph

Puyallup Property Tax Rate to Fall in 2020

Posted on: December 16, 2019

Utility Customer Service Hours Change

Posted on: October 17, 2019
Fall clean up

Fall Clean-Up is Nov. 11-15

Posted on: October 1, 2019
civics graphic 2

Come Learn About Your Local Government!

Posted on: August 26, 2019
Green traffic signal

And It’s Another Green Light!

Posted on: October 30, 2018
Cops on Bikes

Public Safety Staffing: What's Sufficient?

Posted on: September 19, 2018
Sidewalk pic

More Sidewalks Coming to Puyallup

Posted on: August 30, 2018
Little Free Library Wildwood Park

A Library in Wildwood Park? Why, Yes!

Posted on: January 24, 2018

Salmon Springs Phase 2 Project - RFQ

Posted on: September 15, 2016