Those people who cry out for leadership heard an answer last night.
A Lakewood City Council best known for moving slowly and for squabbling voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on any new permits for major residential and commercial development in Tillicum. The request came from the city’s planning department. You can read the report here either in Word version or as a PDF.
The way moratoriums work is that they take effect immediately, but the council will hold a hearing Aug. 20 to hear from the public about the move. The council shortly thereafter has to either confirm its decision or let the moratorium end.
This has traditionally been a council that does not mess with the private sector. Why a moratorium?
First, the quick background is that the Tillicum neighborhood, which now has a reputation for being underdeveloped, is going to be getting sewer service in 2009. Currently, most of the area is on septic systems, which limits how many homes and businesses can be there. The presence of sewers will open up a floodgate of development. Tillicum is located between Interstate 5 and American Lake. The potential is incredible. The private sector is already speculating on potential developments; rumors abound. The Tillicum of 10 years from now is going to be incredibly different than the Tillicum of today. Obviously, we all hope it will be for the better.
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