Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Council Votes To Pursue Permitting Interlocal Agreement

The Ruston council voted unanimously tonight to pursue an interlocal agreement with Tacoma that would allow Tacoma's land use department to handle all permitting at the Point Ruston site. Tacoma would enforce Ruston codes within Ruston, but the hope expressed by city leaders is that the process would standardize the process for everyone. The News Tribune has more details here...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ruston Considering Tacoma For Permitting

The News Tribune is reporting (here) that the Ruston council is considering pursuing an inter-local agreement with Tacoma that would allow Tacoma to handle building permitting for the entire site. Tacoma would take over enforcing Ruston code on the Ruston side with their larger planning department. The Ruston council is slated to discuss the issue at it's meeting Tuesday night. You can review the resolution here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tacoma Approves Annexation

Yesterday City of Tacoma leaders approved the request to annex the Point Ruston site fully into their boundaries. The Ruston council will now consider the issue. More details here...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Pro-Tacoma Voice

Local attorney Erik Bjornson offers his opinion supporting state intervention to allow Point Ruston to annex to Tacoma. You can read it here...  Mr. Bjornson is a contributing writer to the News Tribune, so his statement is much longer than the 250 word limit for Letters To The Editor that controlled Councilmember Hedrick's opposing statement.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ruston's Defense

Councilmember Jim Hedrick offers his opinion of the Point Ruston permit controversy is a letter to the News Tribune editor, defending the city's actions. You can read it here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ruston Will Issue Permits

Ruston Mayor Bruce Hopkins announced today that two building permits will be issued to Point Ruston as early as today. Read more details in The News Tribune here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

SAMI To Move

Changes are underway for the local Science And Math Institute just north of town. The News Tribune reports that the school district, Metro Parks and Point Defiance Zoo have worked out an agreement to build shared classroom inside the zoo. More details here...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More Ways To Comment

Metro Parks has opened an on-line forum for comments on their plans for Point Defiance Park thru February 15th. You can reach the site here (link in the picture below does not work).


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Change State Law?

The News Tribune is reporting that local legislators have proposed a bill to change state law - to allow Point Ruston to annex itself to Tacoma without Ruston's approval. Read more here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ruston Mayor's Memo

Mayor Bruce Hopkins has outlined the City's position on the Point Ruston development standstill in a memo to the council, to be discussed at tonight's council meeting. The memo is available in the council information here (last item on the agenda). The council meeting is tonight at 7pm at the Mary Joyce Community Center - 5219 N. Shirley Street.