In our September 23, 2020 newsletter we announced that the City was developing a Housing Action Plan (HAP) funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Since reporting on the HAP, the City and our consultants, LDC Inc., have completed a Housing Needs Assessment and released a Draft HAP for public review and comment.

Post date: Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 2:54pm

I’m pleased to announce that we will host a Public Safety Forum on Thursday, February 4. Last year’s Public Safety Forum was held in person, shortly before we were forced to hold gatherings virtually. Although we will have to hold this year’s event via Microsoft Teams, I am hopeful participation will equal — or surpass — the 50 residents and business owners who joined us last February. 

Post date: Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - 3:54pm

Many landlords and tenants have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Currently there are both federal and state mandates suspending evictions based on the non-payment of rent.  Once those mandates end, Pierce County expects a large number of eviction cases to be filed in Superior Court.  To address this anticipated increase in eviction cases, Pierce County Superior Court has established an Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) which will require parties to engage in problem-solving steps before the cases come to court.

Post date: Monday, 21 December 2020 - 4:26pm

Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021. 

The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. There was also a rate increase in 2020.

Single-family residential customers will pay $53.89 monthly, up from $51.94 in 2020. Multi-family customers will pay $47.08 each month, up from $45.38. 

Post date: Monday, 21 December 2020 - 1:56pm

Time and time again during 2020, Americans have had to find new—and safe—ways to celebrate cherished traditions. And the annual lighting of the City of U.P.’s Christmas Tree in Market Square is no exception. 

Post date: Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 4:03pm

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the UPPD to offer its popular Public Safety Academy virtually this fall. The five sessions were offered virtually, via Microsoft Teams, and those who registered for the Academy in advance could watch them in real time and pose questions to the presenters through the Teams chat box.

Post date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 4:54pm

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued the following statement regarding the pending roll back order issued by Governor Jay Inslee:

I support the Governor’s plan to roll back to more limited operations and activities across the state. While I remain very concerned about the impact of this order on our already struggling small business and restaurants, I know that we cannot allow the rate of COVID-19 transmission to continue at its alarming pace.  Without significant action, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and threatening our healthcare system. 

Post date: Monday, 16 November 2020 - 8:39am

The City of University Place is opening applications for a second round of business relief grants. Applications will be accepted from October 21 to October 30, 2020.

Businesses located in University Place who experienced a loss of revenue related to COVID-19 and have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are encouraged to apply, whether funding was received in the first round or not.

View more specific information and apply on the Business Relief Program page.

Post date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 4:31pm

University Place's newest piece of public art, a sculpture entitled “Forever Friends” by artist John Jewell, has been vandalized.

Post date: Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 1:03pm

The City of University Place is amending the Comprehensive Plan to implement the City’s Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan.

The City Council will hold a Virtual Public Hearing to discuss these amendments on Monday, December 7, 2020, as part of its regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., to consider proposed amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan (UPMC Title 16) that will serve to implement the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan. The documents related to the proposed amendments are posted below.

Post date: Monday, 28 September 2020 - 5:50pm

We all know that the pace of progress can be glacial at times, but in the City of University Place,I believe our progress has been almost meteoric. We have achieved so much in our relatively short 25-year history.

Post date: Wednesday, 2 September 2020 - 3:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to reimagine how we celebrate many of life’s major milestones, from weddings, to graduations, to notable anniversaries.

Post date: Monday, 31 August 2020 - 2:04pm

The City of University Place proposes to amend various provisions in the University Place Municipal Code Title 19 Zoning. 

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 5:10pm

Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated funds to local school districts and to state education agencies to provide support in covering emergency COVID-19 costs.

OLYMPIA — August 12, 2020 —Last spring when Washington’s K–12 schools were closed for in-person learning, school districts across the state pulled together every laptop, tablet, smartphone, and wifi hotspot they could so students were able to continue learning and educators could continue teaching.

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 12:15pm

To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

Under this new youth and young adult jobs program, the county will partner with WorkForce Central, which will take the lead to connect young adults to career opportunities.

Eligible participants between 16 and 17 years old will be paid minimum wage of $13.50 an hour, while those 18 to 25 years old will receive minimum wage of $15 an hour. 

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 12:03pm