CRITICAL: Comment Wed. 6/21 @ 4PM!
Tacoma desperately needs interim regulations
Critical: Pause intense uses during the subarea planning process
The subarea planning process for the Port of Tacoma could take as long as FIVE YEARS. By enacting interim regulations that take effect now—years before the completion of the subarea plan—we protect our city, our region, and our planet from the threat of new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure while building leverage for permanent protective regulations. By halting dirty industrial projects that threaten our environment at the outset of the subarea plan process, we make critical leaps in our transition to a greener, thriving, renewable economy for generations to come.
Tacoma’s Money and Power will be out in force!
Powerful industry interests will stop at nothing to ensure that the possibility of interim regulations is obliterated at the very beginning of this subarea planning process. But the people of Tacoma must prevail over Tacoma’s “business as usual” past.
This is where YOU come in!
(And there’s a handy guide below!)
Build your counter arguments. Write your public comments now. Get your family and friends to write comments. Then stand with your fellow Tacomans to deliver your statement during the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 21, at 4 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market Street, Room 16.
Protect Tacoma’s future NOW
Our city has made great strides in transitioning from its dirty, industrial past. It’s a new era in Tacoma. And it’s up to us to continue to move that clean, prosperous vision forward. Our city is destined to be more than a petrochemical kitchen or a monstrous stop on the West Coast’s fossil fuel superhighway. We don’t have to choose between a thriving city and harmful industry. Let’s promote healthy business. Let’s support our neighbors and promote their transition to green jobs.
Your Guide to Commenting:
Tell the Planning Commission:
Interim Regulations in the Port of Tacoma NOW!
Industry interests are pulling out all the stops to sway the Planning Commission and Tacoma City Council toward the “business at all costs” position. The following “Industry Arguments” are what we need Tacoma citizens to counter in their comments at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting. Use the “Community Arguments” to craft your own statement.
Industry Argument #1:
Industry Says: Interim regulations are not necessary in the port. Large scale projects don’t get permitted without heavy scrutiny and review from multiple departments and agencies.
Interim regulations are absolutely necessary immediately. Large scale projects travel under the radar without sufficient public notification and require stronger scrutiny.
Industry Argument #2:
Industry Says: Lengthy, regulation-delaying public engagement needs to come before interim regulations. Delay, delay, delay regulations until the very end of the subarea planning process.
Interim regulations at the outset of the subarea planning process are critical to ensure that Tacoma’s bright future doesn’t fall victim to a surge of dirty projects that get pushed through during the 2, 3, 4 or 5 years it takes to complete the process.
Industry Argument #3:
Industry says: The Port of Tacoma may walk away from the table if interim regulations go into effect. Interim regulations would slow the process and limit stakeholders.
The Port of Tacoma Commission is elected by the people of Tacoma and Pierce County. This is our Port. This is our city. WE ARE STAKEHOLDERS.
Industry Argument #4:
Industry says: Interim regulations would stunt new business as an unintended consequence.
Interim regulations would encourage clean, healthy industry to take root in our port and our city. Confident that Tacoma is turning away from dirty industry, we would see a surge in the types of businesses bringing good family wage jobs that don’t pollute our environment and contribute to climate change.