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July 31, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2401 S. 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
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Public Hearing - Pierce County Hearing Examiner

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Conditional Use Permit: CP5-96 (Mount Rainier Resort at Park Junction)
Application: 913779
Applicant: Park Junction LLC
Planner: Ty Booth,
Request: The purpose of this hearing is to review the progress of the previously approved 420-acre master planned resort. The proposed resort included the following: 18-hole golf course, 270-room lodge, 500-person conference center, tennis center, swimming pools/spa, restaurants, 300 condominiums, 20,000-sq. ft. retail center, 120 employee housing units, train station, interpretive center, and sewage plant. The resort remains un-built aside from logging in 2004. A brief summary of the history:
• 1994 - Resort originally proposed
• 1996 - Conditional Use Permit (CP) application submitted
• 1999 - County issued Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); later appealed
• 2000 - Public hearings before the Pierce County Hearing Examiner (Examiner) to consider the CP and EIS appeal
• 2000/2001 - Examiner issued Decisions approving the CP and denying the EIS appeal
• 2003 - Thurston County Superior Court overturned a portion of the Decision
• 2005 - Washington State Court of Appeals reversed Superior Court Decision and upheld Examiner’s Decision
• June 2012 - Progress review public hearing before the Examiner
• September 2012 - Examiner Decision requiring another progress hearing
• January 2014 - Progress review public hearing before the Examiner
• February 2014 - Examiner Decision allowing the project to continue

The site is zoned Rural 10 (R10), Rural 40 (R40), and Agricultural Resource Land (ARL), within the Upper Nisqually Valley Community Plan area, located adjacent to SR706, halfway between Elbe and Ashford, and 11 miles from Mr. Rainier National Park, in Sections 23, 25, and 26 of T15N, R5E, W.M., in Council District #3.

Those having comments are requested to submit them, in writing, as soon before the hearing as possible. All written comments received at least one week prior to the hearing will be provided to the Examiner for his consideration. Comments may be submitted via email at: or by regular mail at: Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department, Attn: Ty Booth, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 9840-7490. Questions may be directed to Ty Booth, Planner, at the same email address or at 253-798-3727.