6/29/15 Pierce County looks to hold the line on protected farmland
The Pierce County Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal that would maintain, for now, the status quo for long-term preservation of agricultural lands in East Pierce County.
The measured approach is in contrast to several drastically different alternatives that sparked months of debate about how much acreage should be classified as Agricultural Resource Lands. The ARL designation is meant to protect “commercially significant” farmland from being paved over by developers for years to come.
Currently, about 23,000 acres are classified as ARL in areas such as Graham, Eatonville, Orting and Roy.