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City looking at Browns, Dash Points

By ERICA HALL

Staff writer

City officials are collecting data on unincorporated Browns Point and Dash Point areas near Federal Way and are preparing a comprehensive plan amendment for Pierce County to help smooth any future potential annexations in the area.

Federal Way City Councilman Eric Faison, a city Land-Use and Transportation Committee member, said data such as tax revenue could help residents there decide where they’d want to annex — to Tacoma or Federal Way — or if they’d want to annex at all.

The data available also will help city officials understand how much it would cost to provide services in the area and how much revenue the residents there would offer in taxes, officials said.

The unincorporated Dash Point and Browns Point areas of Pierce County have been on the Federal Way’s annexation radar for some time. But in October 2002, officials dropped the idea of adding them to Federal Way’s potential annexation area.

The 2,000-resident, low-density area is steep, rugged and difficult to serve, city staff told the Land-Use and Transportation Committee then. In addition, the committee was facing Pierce County’s December deadline for comprehensive plan amendments.

But Faison said the committee never abandoned the idea completely.

“We previously tabled it, we didn’t kill it,” he said. “The terrain and stuff was not material.”

At a recent committee meeting, members asked city officials to prepare a rough estimate of the potential tax revenue for the city if the residents wanted to annex, Faison said.

As it turns out, Federal Way doesn’t have to amend Pierce County’s comprehensive plan, but city officials are going to, anyway, out of courtesy.

Designating the Browns Point and Dash Point areas for potential annexation into Federal Way would make more sense than Tacoma because the areas are closer to Federal Way, officials say. But Faison emphasized the city doesn’t have designs on Browns Point and Dash Point.

“All we’re doing is saying the pieces are in place” and that residents in the areas “have options. They could stay in Pierce County or go to Tacoma, or to Federal Way,” he said.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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