Gig Harbor's Run-Away Code
GIG HARBOR NORTH -- BACKGROUND
The process to annex the GH North area of the City was lengthy. It began with a 10% annexation petition (1991) to Comp Plan designation (1994) to Planning Commission zoning proposal (1995-96) to Council Zoning Hearings (1995-96) to Council's approving the final Zoning and Development Agreement (late 1996) to the final Annexation Ordinance #946 in 1997. It took years and required approval from boards, councils, property owners, attorneys (including then City Attorney, Carol Morris), engineers, and planners in order to get the city, county, property owners, and Pope to line-up successfully. Today's Development Agreement process resembles nothing like the ones of the past.
1997 Annexation & Development Agreement
Ordinance 746 details the Gig Harbor North Development Agreement
1999 Gig Harbor North Agreement
Ordinance 829 Gig Harbor North Development Agreement
2009 Development Agreement | Amended
Ordinance 1170 details changes to the Development Agreement in 2009
2013 Development Agreement
2013 Building Height Limits in the Downtown
The Cheney One Harbor Point buildings are up to 42-ft in height. This is in direct conflict with the community's 27-ft height limit adopted for the downtown by Ordinance 1275. The Cheney proposal is also in direct conflict with Chapters 3 & 4 of the Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan.
The RCW below clearly states the intended limits of Development Agreements. More importantly, does a majority who live and own here want Downtown Gig Harbor subject to "zoning deviations" under Development Agreements?