Here is my rundown of the changes to the district map:
Southeast Auburn and Alderton-McMillin are moved from District 2 into District 1, which is represented by Councilmember Dave Morell. Visit his website at Dave Morell, District 1.
Fife, Fife Heights, Northeast Tacoma, Browns Point, Dash Point, and the Port of Tacoma tideflats are moved from District 2 into District 5, which is represented by Councilmember Marty Campbell. Visit his website at Marty Campbell, District 5.
Having built relationships with citizens in these areas and working on various projects of interest to them, I will do my best to hand off the work I was doing for these areas to Councilmembers Morell and Campbell. And though I will no longer represent the people of these areas, I will carry with me my knowledge of the issues affecting them as I make policy decisions.
Meanwhile, District 2 now includes most of South Hill and Summit View.
While much of the district’s southern line previously ran along 128th Street East, the district now extends as far south as 176th Street East at one point, with variations along 168th Street East, 152nd Street East and 144th Street East. The Sunrise neighborhood and surrounding areas remain in District 1, represented by Councilmember Dave Morell.
Unincorporated South Hill has a population of 64,708 as of the 2020 census. If South Hill were its own city, it would be second only to Tacoma in population count within Pierce County. Lakewood had this distinction as of the 2010 census, but South Hill now surpasses Lakewood’s population of 63,612. I will note that the 2022-2023 Pierce County budget includes funding for a South Hill incorporation and annexation study so South Hill citizens can have the facts they need to assess options as they seek to chart their own destiny.
District 2 also takes in most of the Summit View area to the east of Canyon Road, south of State Route 512, and north of 168th Street East. Like South Hill to its east, this unincorporated section of the Mid-County Community Planning Area is designated as an “Urban Growth Area.”
According to County Code, urban growth areas are “those areas established through the designation of a boundary which separates existing and future urban areas from rural and resource areas. An urban growth area defines where developments will be directed and supported with historical and typical urban governmental services and facilities, such as storm and sanitary sewer systems, domestic water systems, street cleaning services, fire protection services, and public transit services. Urban Growth Areas are established by the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan.”
More to come on the people, places, and issues affecting South Hill and Summit View!
And I look forward to finding ways to connect with citizens throughout District 2 in 2022!
What’s on your mind?
Please contact me with any concerns or ideas you have anytime. You can reach me by phone at 253-798-2222 or send me an email at [email protected].
All the best,