Sunday, October 31, 2010

Proposed Amendments: Related to the Keeping of Fowl and Small Domestic Animals

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Proposed Text Amendments to Federal Way Revised Code Title 19
‘Zoning & Development Code’

Related to the Keeping of Fowl and Small Domestic Animals
(Non-Project Action)

File No: 10-103481-00-SE

Description: Proposed text amendments to the City’s zoning and development code that would decrease the minimum lot size for keeping a limited number of domestic fowl on single family residential properties. Scope of changes may also include the banning of roosters and reduction in lot size minimum for keeping more than four rabbits per household.

Location: Citywide

Applicant: Department of Community Development Services

Lead Agency: City of Federal Way

Staff Contact: Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner, 253-835-2638

The lead agency for this proposal has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment, and an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist, Federal Way Comprehensive Plan, and other municipal policies, plans, rules, and regulations designated as a basis for exercise of substantive authority under the State Environmental Policy Act pursuant to RCW 43.31C.110. This information is available to the public on request.

Further information regarding this action is available to the public upon request from the Department of Community Development Services. This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date below. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 27, 2010.

Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final following the above comment deadline.

Any person aggrieved of the City’s final determination may file an appeal with the City within 14 days of the above comment deadline. You may appeal this determination to the Federal Way City Clerk, at the City of Federal Way, 33325 8th Avenue South (PO Box 9718), Federal Way, WA 98063 no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2010, by a written letter stating the reason for the appeal of the determination. You should be prepared to make specific factual objections.

Printed in the Federal Way Mirror on October 13, 2010.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

City shares new resource conservation manager with Auburn

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Deke Jones

Resource Conservation Manager 

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City shares new resource conservation manager with Auburn

A combination of grants is helping the cities of Federal Way and Auburn share a full-time Resource Conservation Manager. Deke Jones started work for both cities this month to help identify and implement energy cost savings for their municipally owned facilities, and to promote conservation habits among the cities’ employees.

Jones, a Burien resident, has more than a decade of experience in environmental education, facilities management and commercial real estate.

Funding for the position comes from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Energy, along with program support from Washington State University’s Energy Program. The position has a two-year funding commitment and is the first of its kind for both cities.

In Federal Way, Jones will look at cost savings for City facilities such as City Hall, the Federal Way Community Center and Dumas Bay Centre/Knutzen Theatre. He’ll also look at street lighting and investigate green opportunities such as electric car charging stations. In Auburn, he’ll examine City Hall, City Hall Annex, Auburn Senior Center, Parks and Recreation Administration Building, and the City Operations and Maintenance complex along with other city-operated facilities.

Funding for Jones’ position comes with a caveat. He must help the cities realize a 10-15 percent energy cost savings by the end of his term. Jones believes that number is achievable. It will take both technology upgrades and a new culture of conservation on the part of the cities’ employees and visitors to their public facilities.

First on the list is the low-hanging fruit, Jones said. “There are many low-cost/no-cost initiatives we can do right away to save energy.” For example, Jones said, he’ll look at operation schedules for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems. He’ll monitor the demand spikes and then adjust the schedules accordingly.

“Through the grant program, sophisticated software is available to us that tracks site-specific energy usage and billings, and allows us to adjust our energy use immediately to maximize operating efficiencies and reduce costs,” he said. “We’ll also capitalize on energy rebates and “green” initiatives that will allow us to operate more efficiently,” he added.

Even something as simple as a lighting audit — tracking when lights are turned on and off at various facilities — could result in significant savings, Jones said, but they’re not likely to come overnight.

“Making sure we turn off the lights and the water when we’re not using them are easy fixes, and the cheapest, most effective way to conserve. But that involves changing our attitudes and our behavior, and that happens gradually over time,” he explained.

“Once we’ve looked at how we can save energy with little or no cash outlay, and people are beginning to change their usage and habits, then we’ll turn to some of the conservation activities that involve heavier capital investments and large-scale changes,” Jones said. “I’m passionate about this kind of work, and it’s exciting that WSU, PSE and the State are supporting the project.

“Twenty-five years ago, you didn’t have this kind of position at a city — I would have been called a tree-hugger, something kind of extreme,” he observed. “But now it’s just a practical reality of good business and carefully managing the bottom line. And it’s not only for financial reasons — it’s socially and environmentally relevant, too.”

Friday, October 29, 2010

Centerstage 2010/2011 Schedule

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The 2010/2011 schedule appears to be on the Centerstage website (though the title says "2009/2010"):

  • A Celebration of Chopin
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Gingerbread Boy
  • My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
  • Lost Chances: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
  • The Woman in Black
  • Hole in Shoe
  • The Frog Prince
  • Pandas of China
  • Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Derek Evans as Theodore Roosevelt
  • I'm Into Something Good
  • The Belle of Amherst
  • Don Juan in Chicago
  • A NEW PLAY by Vincent Delaney
  • Red Tag Presents Tales of a Park Bench

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Agenda for Special Council Meeting (10/28)

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Budget presentations for police, law department and more. View the Agenda (PDF) for more information

Agenda for FEDRAC (10/26)

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Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 26
View the agenda (PDF)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sea-Tac Airport Noise Study Workshop (10/27)

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Wednesday • October 27 • Mount Rainier High School

6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines

Part 150 Noise Study Public Workshop

A Part 150 Noise Study is designed to address and mitigate the effects of aircraft noise within the airport communities.

The public is encouraged to participate in the Part 150 solution and recommendation process through a series of topical public workshops.

At the October 27 workshop, facilitators will lead small group sessions focused on particular Part 150 elements. Participants will take part in all sessions, which will be followed by a general Q & A session.

For more information and to sign-up to receive e-mail updates throughout the
process, visit:

Planning Commission: Proposed Changes to Signs

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Proposed Zoning & Development Code Amendments Related to the Keeping of Chickens and Ducks

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Proposed Zoning & Development Code Amendments

Related to the Keeping of Chickens and Ducks

File No: 10-102048-UP

The City of Federal Way’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718. The commission will consider text amendments to Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) Title 19 “Zoning and Development Code.” Proposed amendments include: (1) allowing a limited number of chickens and ducks on lots less than 35,000 square feet; and (2) banning roosters citywide, with the exception of those areas zoned Suburban Estate.

The official file is available for public review at the Department of Community Development Services (address above). Any person may submit written comments to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing, present comments to the commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to provide verbal testimony.

For additional information regarding the proposed amendments, please contact Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner at 253-835-2643 or

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on October 20, 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Federal Way TV produces feature on new business incubator

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October 12, 2010

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Cosette Gibson-Pfaff
Executive Director/SSRBI

Federal Way TV produces feature on new business incubator

Tired of hearing bad economic news? Want to hear a positive story for a change? Federal Way
Television (FWTV) showcases the good news coming out of the brand new South Sound
Regional Business Incubator (SSRBI).

SSRBI literally “incubates” new businesses and start-up firms located in the South Sound region,
nourishing their ability to grow and prosper. In addition to critical support services and low-cost
office space, small business tenants receive invaluable benefits in the form of training, access to
financing, and the chance to learn business savvy from experts.

The FWTV program features SSRBI’s Executive Director Cosette Gibson-Pfaff and two of the
incubator’s clients, EcoInsulate NW and Moore & Associates. The incubator, which is located in
Federal Way, has only been up and running for a few months, but is already seeing positive
results. A primary goal is to graduate as many companies as possible in 24 months or less,
putting strong, self-sufficient small businesses into play in the economy – which means new

The 8:43 segment was written, filmed and produced in-house by FWTV host Natalie Rees and
now-contract videographer Sid Lee. Communications and Government Affairs Manager Linda
Farmer served as executive producer. The segment can be viewed several times weekly on
Channel 21 within city limits for Comcast subscribers, and can be watched on-demand at

In Brief - RapidRide A launches

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Metro’s new RapidRide service made its debut in October 2010. The RapidRide A Line replaced Metro’s Route 174 along Pacific Highway S / International Blvd. between Federal Way and Tukwila, and offers twice as many bus trips as the previous service. Click here to read more on King County's website

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

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October 4, 2010

David Larson
Municipal Court Judge

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna headline October’s "Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" panel discussion in Federal Way.

The program, held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave S., features a panel with real victims of domestic violence followed by a panel discussion with Madsen and McKenna. The panel, moderated by Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson, also includes King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, nationally renowned domestic violence expert Roland Maiuro, Ph.D., and criminal defense counsel Pat Valerio from the Associated Counsel for the Accused.

The event will give attendees insight into what victims of domestic violence experience. Defendants convicted of a domestic violence crime must attend at least one victim’s panels as part of their sentence in order to make them more aware of the effect of their conduct.

The event will also focus discussion on domestic violence issues, best practices, and the effectiveness of rehabilitation versus punishment as a means to address domestic violence.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse cut across all socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, religious and age groups. Although victims are primarily women and children, they can also include husbands, boyfriends and the elderly. Over 70 percent of domestic violence is not reported.

Victims of domestic violence are not the only ones who suffer. Children who witness violence in the home experience behavioral problems and increased aggression and have less developed social and conflict resolution skills. These youth are also at risk of engaging in violence in the future.

"Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" is sponsored by the Federal Way Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Steering Committee and the Todd Beamer High School Street Law class. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 253-835-2405.

Monday, October 4, 2010

World Champion of Sand Sculpture held over until Oct. 10

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See some photos right now on the City of Federal Way homepage.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010


(Federal Way, WA) The local director and the producers of The World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Federal Way are holding over the event due to popular demand.

"The rain’s really changed a lot of people’s plans," said Charlie Beaulieu, one of the event producers, "We’re getting calls and e-mails from all over saying they wished we could stay open longer so they could get here and see this once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit. By the very nature of the event, these same sculptors will never all be here again."

"We are also getting people through who want to come back and bring their families but couldn’t do it in time. We want as many people as possible to see this art, " he said, "so we decided to extend the date a week to accommodate the sand sculpture fans and others who haven’t been yet."

Sculptors from 17 nations have created a gallery of art that stretches for four-and-half acres. The completed works have awed thousands of visitors over the past three weeks. Master sculptors continue to do display carving throughout this week on pieces such as Michael Velling’s, "Dedicated to Liberty." Velling is expected this weekend.

The World Championship of Sand Sculpting is located four blocks north of the Commons Mall at 31510 20th Avenue South, Federal Way.

Tickets are:
Family of 4 Day Pass: $25,
Adults: $8.50,
Children over 4: $6.50
Seniors: $6.50.

Hours are 9AM - 7PM, Monday - Saturday, 10 - 6 Sunday.


Doc Reiss,
World Championship of Sand Sculpting
(360) 461-0613

Planning Commission: 2010 BC Code Amendments

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Originally posted as an image-only PDF here. Here's Adobe's best attempt to translate it back into text you can read.

City of Federal Way



2010 BC Code Amendments

File No: lO-103393-00-SE / lO-103538-00-UP

The City of Federal Way's Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718) to consider amending the Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) 19.220.050 "Multi-Unit Housing," 19.220.080 "Senior Citizen/Special Needs Housing," and 19.115.090(n) related to increasing heights of multi-unit housing and senior citizen housing, allowing residential and parking uses on ground floor, specifying parking requirements, reducing front yard setbacks, removing density caps, reducing open space requirements, and alleviating pitched-roof requirements within the design guidelines.

The official file is available for public review at the Department of Community Development Services (33325 8th Avenue South). A staff report will be available to the public on October 13,2010. For additional information on this code amendment, please call Associate Planner David Lee at 253-835-2622 during normal business hours. Any person may submit written comments to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing, present them to the Planning Commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to give public testimony.

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on October 2, 2010.

Doc. I.D. 55884

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Facts About Washington Coyotes

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from the City of Federal Way website...

Coyotes and wildlife can be difficult to have as neighbors. Most of us don’t expect “wildlife” in our backyard when we move into a city the size of Federal Way, but the reality is they are here with us.

Raccoons and coyotes can be trying neighbors and yet they provide us a tremendous service.

Here are some interesting facts:">Click here to read the rest (PDF)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

First Annual Fun Run

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Oct. 30.  Click through to the PDF to read more.


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