Comments from the EIS Scoping Report - # 224 - Pierce County Planning & Public Works

The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Scoping report’s Appendix A published comments from 301 people. Here is one of the comments for discussion:

Date: 12/15/2020
Comment #: 224
Submitter: Dennis Hanberg
Organization: Pierce County Planning & Public Works
Attachment: Yes (not provided)

Dear Mr. Beale:
Pierce County has received the City of Puyallup’s second EIS scoping notice for the Knutson Industrial Park Project dated November 17, 2020. After review by staff, Pierce County submits the following comments:

The preliminary site plan that was sent along with the second scoping notification is outdated. We are attaching updated site plans that show the proposed development has been moved further back from the Puyallup River. Please verify with the applicant that the site plans dated 9/14/16 are the most current and up to date.

The County is also attaching a copy of the approved flood boundary delineation survey which shows that the proposed development will be located outside of the County’s regulated flood hazard area. However, the County is open to exploring a better alignment for the pedestrian/bike trial that will better serve the public while still protecting the natural environment.

When conducting its environmental review, the City should keep in mind that the County’s vested regulations will govern the development of those portions of the project located outside the city limits.

The County’s development regulations, including critical area regulations, zoning regulations and site development regulations are contained in the Pierce County Code.

Those regulations incorporate by reference several technical manuals including the Washington State Wetland Delineation Manual and the 2015 Stormwater Management and Site Development Manual. The Stormwater Manual sets forth minimum requirements and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for stormwater controls and site development which are designed to protect natural drainage systems, including wetlands, and to avoid negative impacts such as the degradation of groundwater.

In accordance with RCW 42.21C.240 and WAC 197-11-660, the County has already conducted a comprehensive environmental analysis and has determined that any significant negative impacts from the Knutson warehouse project will be mitigated through the implementation of
the County’s existing policies, plans, regulations, and adopted manuals with the exception of some traffic impacts for which the County included substantial mitigation measures in its MDNS.

Dennis Hanberg