TNT: County Council didn’t initiate lawsuit against citizen
Like many of you, I get disappointed at times with our local government. However, a recent lawsuit against a Pierce County resident – brought by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office on the assumed behalf of the County Council – easily qualifies as the most disappointing and shameful act by local government that I have ever witnessed. Read the rest of my editorial here.
After years of tinkering, debate and listening to public input, the Pierce County Council passed a Shoreline Management Plan at the March 10, 2015, council meeting. I hope it’s the end of what turned out to be a longer journey than expected.
Hundreds of citizens were involved in crafting this legislation, which took years to reach this point. I’m still very concerned about the state imposing onerous restrictions like this on local governments, but I feel we struck a delicate balance between the state mandate and the property rights of private citizens.
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County Council honors volunteers, designates Volunteer Recognition Week
Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.
On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special Achievement award, Rick Adams. Council Resolution R2015-15 also established the week of March 9-15, 2015, as “Volunteer Recognition Week.” Read the whole story here.
Draft Comprehensive Plan update is available for public review
A draft policy document intended to guide growth in unincorporated Pierce County over the next 20 years is now available for the public to review. The updated Pierce County Comprehensive Plan fulfills a state legislative requirement that is due by June 30, 2015. Pierce County must review its existing growth policies and update them if they don’t meet new state and regional requirements that have been established since the plan was last updated.
The draft Comprehensive Plan has been reformatted in a way that makes it easier for a reader to understand the County’s position on growth topics. These changes, along with the ability to present the plan electronically, are also designed to provide citizens – in areas of unincorporated Pierce County covered by individualized Community Plans – a way to have a document that puts all of the information relevant to their community in one place.
The public is invited to review and comment on the Draft Plan update through thepublic comment form, e-mail or letter. The public also has the opportunity to attend open houses and public hearings that are scheduled through the end of June, 2015. As they are scheduled, the public can view the list of opportunities for participating in this process on the County’s website, piercecountywa.org/realize2030 and can also sign up on the webpage to follow the update process on Facebook and Twitter.
About Dan Roach
Dan Roach was elected to the Pierce County Council in 2010. Councilmember Roach represents the communities of East Pierce County, including:
Prior to his election to the Pierce County Council, Dan served five consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, representing the 31st legislative district. There he served in various capacities ranging from House Republican leadership to ranking minority member of the Transportation Committee. Dan sponsored legislation fighting meth, identity theft and crime. He also fought for property rights and lower taxes. In 2007, he passed the Rest in Peace Act, which protects the families of our fallen veterans from funeral protestors.
Dan graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts in political science and minor in Spanish. Dan is active in the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the LDS Church. He is also active in local schools, youth sports, and local chambers. Dan currently resides in the Bonney Lake area with his wife Melanie, and their five children. Dan and Melanie own Roach Gymnastics Inc., located in Sumner, Washington.