New development standards in east Puyallup up for a vote Tuesday

City Council to perform first reading weeks before moratorium in area expires

Staff writerMay 19, 2014 

The Puyallup City Council will take action on a contested piece of land on the eastern edge of the city Tuesday night, weeks before a development moratorium in the area is set to expire. 

Council members will vote on a proposal that would add more stringent development standards to properties near Shaw Road and East Pioneer Avenue.

The city's planning commission recently opposed the changes, which would extend existing development standards to more parcels in the area. 

However, two planning commission members − Leon Leonard and Nancy Johnson − favored new rules for a manufacturing zone that includes the former Van Lierop Bulb Farm. The property − which is owned by retired farmer Neil Van Lierop and is pegged for industrial development − has been at the center of a long and divisive land-use debate.

The proposal comes after the City Council approved a development moratorium in the area in a split vote in January. Council members John Palmer, Heather Shadko, John Hopkins and Julie Door favored a pause on processing any land-use or building plans in the 70-acre area to give the city time to consider the new development standards. The changes would include rules for building height, open space, parking and other design components.

By contrast, Mayor John Knutsen and council members Steve Vermillion and Tom Swanson have said the moratorium and the subsequent proposal are curbing property owners' rights. 

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