Last chance to sign – we will submit this petition on Friday at 4pm.
Notes from last night’s meeting:
1) The Commission should recommend including immigrant detention centers in the proposed regulations, but clearly differentiate these from correctional facilities.
2) The Planning Commission should recommend strengthened access for state authorities to ensure public health and safety in PRIVATE residential facilities. To date, GEO Group does not allow for testing of soil, water and air conditions and food preparation inspections are always announced ahead of time.
3) Whether correctional facilities or detention centers, the regulations are for places where people have to live. The Planning Commission should not recommend that these be zoned out of family housing districts -- they should be zoned residential, not industrial. In particular, the Port of Tacoma is focused on industrial development, and should not be a site for further development of any kind of residential housing.