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Orting Police Statement Release – 17 Feb 2017

Minor Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Felon

Today, Feb 17th 2017, the Orting Police Department stopped a vehicle for expired license tabs on Washington Ave North near the Shell Station. During the process of this traffic stop, a 47 year old male passenger, who was a wanted felon, was identified & apprehended. He had an outstanding “no -bail” warrant from King County for drug charges. He had failed to appear in King County Court last year to face his narcotics violation. He was arrested and booked into the Pierce County jail for transfer to King County custody.



Thursday February 23rd, 2017
1:00p.m. -Public Safety Building
401 Washington Ave. SE

The purpose of the Special City Council meeting is as follows:

Organizational Assessment Request For Proposals– Interview Of Firms.

Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017 at the Public Safety Building, City Hall and on the City’s website

For further information contact Jane Montgomery, City Clerk, at 360-893-2219 ext. 133 Continue Reading

Orting Police- Statement Release

On February 16th 2017, the Orting Police Department served a search warrant on the Schoenbachler Farm on Meadow Lane in Orting, concerning stolen property.
During the process of serving this warrant, a 32 year old male was apprehended. He was wanted by the State of Washington on an escape warrant from the Department of Corrections. This individual was turned over to State officials for processing. Orting Police continue to process the location for other violations. Continue Reading

Special Civil Service Meeting

The Orting Civil Service will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6 pm held at City Hall. This is an open meeting to the public. The Civil Service Commission Agenda will be addressing the Lateral Hire Oral Board. For questions please contact the Civil Service Secretary, Beckie Meek at 360.893.2219 ext. 120 or… Continue Reading

Growing Pains

Mayor’s Corner

Why doesn’t the City have a building moratorium until SR 162 is widened?

My wife, Jeannie Pestinger, has lived here for 40 years. She remembers the simpler life when the population was around 1,500 and the highway was lined with daffodil fields. She has seen many changes and appreciates the city’s efforts in guiding responsible growth since then.
In 1974 the State Legislature passed the Growth Management Act (GMA). Its purpose was to make the best use of space and infrastructure resources by concentrating building density in urban areas (cities) and not in unincorporated and more rural areas. Washington is a very attractive state. Millions of people still plan to move here in the future. More than a million are expected to come to the Puget Sound area in the next 30 years. Orting’s comprehensive plan must be approved annually by the State and County to ensure it meets GMA guidelines.
The City only has jurisdiction over growth and facilities within its boundaries, such as sewer, storm water, water utilities and internal roads. We have no control over SR162 or County roads outside of our boundaries. Even any work we do on SR162 inside the City requires State approval and permitting. However, the City can politically lobby the State and County for improvements. We do that regularly and we work together with surrounding cities.
A Building Moratorium
The City can only enforce a building moratorium if it can prove it doesn’t have adequate utilities or facilities to accommodate growth… Right now the City’s sewer, water, and storm water facilities are built for 9,000 people. Our current population is about 7,500. Any attempt to stop the final build-out of our City could expose the City to potential legal action. The City would likely lose any suits, and would be forced to approve development, pay all legal fees, and those costs would ultimately be passed on to our citizens in the form of taxes etc. It may feel good to try and stop the growth but in the end that decision would be costly to all of us and we would still end up with growth.
All new developments must provide an independent Traffic Impact Study. When impacts reach certain State limits (in the City) the developer must mitigate impacts, usually with left and right turn lanes. Additionally, all new homes must pay impact fees. This includes paying for a portion of the sewer, water, storm, school, traffic, and parks fees, and building permit fees. The average amount paid is approximately $20,000 per residence.
State Route SR 162
The City has worked hard at trying to get the State to improve SR162 to Sumner. We just participated in a study with them that shows that even with a 5 lane road to Sumner the trip will take almost as long as with just 2 lanes unless SR 167, SR 410 and the overpass are fixed. However, in the interim WSDOT will probably do some minor fixes on SR 162 to improve the highway with left and right turn lanes.

So Here We Are
Our best bet to manage our growth is to make sure developers meet our standards and provide transportation improvements when we can legally require them to do so. We should continue to lobby the State and County for transportation improvements in our region and be willing to pay our share for it.
The City is also working on the “Southwest Connector” between Whitehawk Blvd. and Calistoga Street to move through-traffic out of the downtown core and speed up the SR 162 commute. 60% to 70% of the traffic on SR162 at rush hour is actually not from Orting residents. These are commuters from South Hill, Graham and even Eatonville who are trying to find the fastest way home. We cannot stop them from coming. We are trying to get grants from the Legislature and the County for this multi-million dollar project.
On the east side of our valley we are trying to limit additional growth of the Tehaleh development through political lobbying. I’m grateful that I have been selected by the Pierce County Regional Council to represent most Pierce County cities and towns on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The board develops long-range traffic and growth control plans and distributes federal funds to the 4-county region.
Recently most of the land along SR 162 has been zoned Agricultural Resource Land by the County. Only one house per 20 acres can be built, which means that the population of the valley will remain very close to what it is now.
We all love living in Western Washington but so do many other people. We have hazards we must prepare for as well. I say let’s love living here and make the most of our opportunities. I’ve talked about a lot of different issues here. If you’d like to talk more please call or send me an email. You can also speak with our City Administrator, Mark Bethune, if I am not available. Thanks for reading this. Continue Reading


Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be
conducting a public hearing regarding the following;  
Ordinance amending Chapter 1, Title 14 of the Orting Municipal Code “Flood Plain Management and Flood Damage Prevention” for compliance with the FEMA/Ecology “Model Washington
NFIP-ESA Ordinance”. 
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Public Safety Building, 401 Washington Avenue SE, Orting, WA.  The purpose of the hearing is to hear public
testimony on the above listed.

The Ordinance is available for review at the Orting City Hall
during normal business hours.

Comments may be submitted in writing or delivered orally up to the closing of the Public Hearing.
Dated this 9th day of February, 2017.

Jane Montgomery, City Clerk Continue Reading



The City of Orting has received an application for short plat subdivision approval of a 3-lot subdivision on a 6.33 Acre site located east of Mill Avenue SE. The subject parcel is 0519321027. The applicant is Delta Survey. The owner is Daren Jones. The property is zoned Residential Urban. The application would result in the eventual development of single family homes, accessed by
Christian Lane SE, a private street. The City has determined that the application is complete in accordance with the Municipal Code. This proposal is exempt from environmental review under SEPA. The City intends to proceed with a review of the application. No public hearing is required. The City Administrator will make the final decision. The submitted documents may be viewed at the Orting City Hall at 110 Train Street SE during normal business hours. Call 360-893-2219 with questions.

Comments may be submitted in writing or delivered in person at City Hall, 110 Train St. SE, Orting, WA. By 5:00pm on March 3, 2017. Continue Reading


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:00 pm ,Public Safety Building
401 Washington Ave. SE.
Regarding Belfair Estates Preliminary Subdivision
Application (PS 2016-01)

This is a closed record hearing, there will be no public testimony for this hearing but the hearing is open to the public. For further information contact Jane Montgomery, City Clerk at
360-893-2219 ext. 133

DATED: 2.10.17 Continue Reading


Notice is hereby given that the Orting Planning Commission will be conducting an Open Record Public Hearing on Monday, February 6th, 2017, At the Public Safety Building, 401 Washington Ave. SE., Orting, WA 98360, at 7:00pm., Regarding the following application to the City: Preliminary Subdivision Application Belfair Estates, Preliminary Plat Approval.

The application Is for preliminary subdivision approval of a 32 lot subdivision on a 9.54 Acre site located east of Grinnell Avenue SW. The subject parcels are 0519322019 and 0519322082. The applicant is Abby Road Group Development Services Company, LLC. The property is zoned Residential Urban. The application would result in the eventual development of 31 single family homes, private surface water management tracts, and a street. An existing residence and accessory buildings on 1.35 acres located at the eastern portion of the site adjacent to Harman Way (SR 162) will be retained as Lot 32. The City has determined that the application is complete in accordance with the Municipal Code. An Environmental Checklist (State Environmental Policy Act) has been prepared along with a geotechnical engineering report and a traffic analysis. The City intends to proceed with a review of the application and has made an environmental determination. A public hearing before the Orting Planning Commission has been scheduled to be held Monday, February 6. The submitted documents may be viewed at the Orting City Hall at 110 Train Street SE during normal business hours. Call 360-893-2219 with questions.

Any person may submit written or oral comments at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Planning Commission at 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA, 98360 no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 3rd, 2017,otherwise, comments must be submitted at the hearing. Continue Reading

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