A public disclosure request was made to the city of Puyallup, verifying whether an additional 1,750 semi-trucks per day are really expected from 7 new warehouses (see 9th paragraph on link) proposed on valley farmland. The result:
So the number expected is actually 6,723 including semis, small trucks and private vehicles. Is this why the misnamed Friends of Puyallup PAC of warehouse developers are trying to stack city council with candidates who won’t take a stand on an environmental impact statement, let alone road infrastructure to handle traffic generated by their 7 proposed warehouses?
A neighbor from Shaw Road* said it best: “If a study is required, the developer will have to pay for improvements to offset the impact on roads, traffic lights, etc, but if a study is not done, as the developer hopes, the taxpayers will pay for those improvements….
“The decision is simple, if you want the developer to pay for necessary improvements, vote for the candidate supporting an impact study. If you don’t mind paying taxes for the whole thing, vote for the candidate who wants to push this through without a study.”
For those who praise this number as a sign of successful economic development, we ask why then, can’t these developers pay for road improvements to handle traffic, as well as environmental protections of the river and other natural resources? Certainly, the environmental impact statement (EIS) itself would have cost much less in time and money than the warehouse developers have put into fighting the need for an EIS study in court, and now in the political arena. What are they afraid an EIS will find?
The other request we have for developers, realtors, builders and candidates supporting the warehouses is that they compare the number and quality of jobs generated by 1) warehouses where most operations are automated and dependent on semi-truck traffic, with 2) mixed-use commercial development like what was originally agreed upon for the Van Lierop property and takes into consideration available road capacity, mountain views, river impacts, and other quality of life issues.
The Bradley Lake Business Park, championed by John Palmer and other leaders with real vision, is an exellent example of sold economic development. It brought real wealth to our community while improving quality of life: jobs, housing, and the preservation of a lake that’s become one of the most popular family destinations in our area.
* Quote used with permission.