Chapter 2.89
TACOMA NARROWS AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION Revised 3/18

Sections:

2.89.010    Created.

2.89.020    Purpose.

2.89.030    Composition. Revised 3/18

2.89.040    Appointment Process and Terms of Office for Voting Members.

2.89.050    Removal of Voting Members.

2.89.060    Officers.

2.89.070    Rules and Records.

2.89.080    Meetings.

2.89.090    Quorum.

2.89.100    Voting Privileges.

2.89.110    Functions and Purpose.

2.89.120    Coordination. Revised 3/18

2.89.130    Recommendations.

2.89.010 Created.

A Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission is hereby created and shall hereinafter be referred to as the "TNAAC". (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.020 Purpose.

The TNAAC shall serve in an advisory capacity on matters as authorized by this Chapter to the Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, County Council and Executive on programs and policies which affect the Tacoma Narrows Airport. The TNAAC shall not perform any final legislative or quasi-judicial decision-making role in matters related to the Tacoma Narrows Airport or its environs, but rather shall provide formal advice to the County regarding same. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.030 Composition. Revised 3/18

The TNAAC shall consist of ten voting members and three non-voting government ex-officio members as set forth below:

A.    Four community residents from the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan area including one member of the Peninsula Advisory Commission. These representatives shall be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by Resolution by a majority of the County Council. These members shall be voting members.

B.    Four airport user representatives, including at least one pilot and one airport tenant. These representatives shall be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by Resolution of the County Council. These members shall be voting members.

C.    Two representatives of the Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District. These representatives shall be recommended by the District, appointed by the Executive, and confirmed by Resolution of the County Council. These members shall be voting members.

D.    An ex-officio member representing the Director of Planning and Public Works, or designee, not a voting member.

E.    An ex-officio member representing Pierce County Council District 7, or designee, not a voting member.

F.    An ex-officio member representing the City of Gig Harbor, or designee, not a voting member.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.040 Appointment Process and Terms of Office for Voting Members.

A.    The appointment process for voting members shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter.

B.    Term of office for voting members shall meet the requirements of Section 3.30 of the Pierce County Charter, provided, however, that the initial terms of voting members shall be staggered as follows:

1.    Two members shall be appointed for two years;

2.    Four members shall be appointed for three years; and

3.    Four members shall be appointed for four years.

Thereafter, voting members shall be appointed for 4-year terms. No voting member of the TNAAC shall serve more than two consecutive full terms.

C.    Voting member vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired terms or, if occurring on the termination of a regular term, the successor shall be appointed for a full term.

(Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.050 Removal of Voting Members.

The Executive may remove any voting member of the TNAAC for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the County Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.060 Officers.

A.    When the TNAAC has been duly created, the members shall elect a Chair and Vice Chair. The Chair and Vice Chair shall each be elected to a 12-month term and shall alternate every 12 months between an airport user representative and a community resident representative. Provided, however, that the requirement to alternate Chair and Vice Chair positions may be suspended on a 12-month basis through a two-thirds affirmative vote of the TNAAC.

B.    The TNAAC members may also elect a secretary if so desired by the commission. If elected, the secretary shall serve a 12-month term.

(Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.070 Rules and Records.

The TNAAC shall adopt rules of procedures before it transacts any of its business and shall keep a written summary of its transaction of business and meetings. The committee process for taking action shall generally be guided by the latest revised version of Robert's Rules of Order. All votes shall be polled and recorded. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.080 Meetings.

The TNAAC shall meet as needed, but not less than quarterly. A minimum of ten business days written notice of any meeting shall be provided to all members. A regularly scheduled meeting may be cancelled by the Chair upon notification by Pierce County staff or committee members that no quorum is reasonably expected or when there is no item on the agenda other than routine formalities such as the adoption of minutes, provided that appropriate notice of the cancellation is given. Special meetings may be scheduled by the Chair. Appropriate notice of a special meeting shall be given. All meetings shall be open to the public, pursuant to Chapter 42.30 RCW. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.090 Quorum.

A quorum of the TNAAC for the purpose of conducting business shall be a simple majority of the currently-appointed voting members. Meetings with less than a simple majority may be conducted; however, no official action may be taken. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.100 Voting Privileges.

Each voting member of the TNAAC shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the Commission. The ex-officio members shall be entitled to participate in all discussions and activities of the TNAAC, but shall not be entitled to a vote. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.110 Functions and Purpose.

TNAAC members serve in a capacity to receive information and provide formal advice to the County regarding the Tacoma Narrows Airport properties, including but not limited to the airport, golf course, and open space areas. The TNAAC shall also receive information and provide formal advice to the County regarding all properties located within the Rural Airport Overlay area adjacent to the Tacoma Narrows Airport. The TNAAC shall receive information, hear suggestions and concerns from airport users and neighborhood citizens, and may recommend solutions and provide input to Pierce County regarding issues related to the Airport properties. The TNAAC shall base any comments or recommendations on balancing the need to encourage the development and operation of the Airport with the need to minimize impacts to the surrounding community and adjacent properties while complying with applicable Federal, State and local laws, including the policies contained in the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan, Airport Master Plan, and Federal Aviation Administration rules and requirements for airport ownership and operation. The County shall provide information and training to the TNAAC on its areas of responsibility. The duties of the TNAAC members include:

A.    Develop an understanding of the regulatory, contractual and economic issues that are involved in the airport operation, as well as an understanding of the existing character of the adjacent area and the concerns of area residents.

B.    Review plans regarding the use and development of the passive recreation areas associated with the Tacoma Narrows Airport and provide recommendations on the same to the County.

C.    Review and provide recommendations regarding discretionary land use permits proposed within the boundaries of the Airport properties and within the Rural Airport Overlay area. TNAAC's role in permit review shall replace the role of the existing Gig Harbor Peninsula Advisory Commission, described in Chapter 2.75 PCC, in such cases.

D.    Review and provide recommendations on any updates to the Airport Master Plan/ Airport Layout Plan.

E.    Review and provide recommendations on any proposed amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan or the Gig Harbor Peninsula Community Plan that may affect the Airport properties or the Rural Airport Overlay.

F.    Provide representatives to work on committees related to airport development planning as needed, including, but not limited to, work on an airport business plan to identify operation and development strategies appropriate to provide sufficient revenues and appropriate uses to support airport operations.

G.    Monitor airport operations and development for compliance with the terms of land use permits and the Airport Master Plan/Airport Layout Plan.

H.    Conduct meetings with airport users and neighborhood citizens to receive input regarding the airport.

(Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.120 Coordination. Revised 3/18

The Planning and Public Works Department shall coordinate all matters relating to the Commission's performance of its duties, including administration of the meetings, providing required notice, requesting appointments and reappointments, keeping records of meetings and decisions, documenting the Commission's rules of procedure, forwarding recommendations of the Commission, and providing information needed to conduct its review and analysis. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)

2.89.130 Recommendations.

The affirmative action by a simple majority of the quorum shall constitute a formal recommendation. A tie vote or failure to vote on any motion shall be considered a failed motion. Failure to reach a formal recommendation shall not be cause to delay the County's decision on the related legislative or quasi-judicial action being reviewed, but rather shall result in no recommendation being transmitted to the County. In the event that the TNAAC conducts a public meeting regarding an issue subject to the Pierce County Hearing Examiner's review authority, any formal recommendation of the TNAAC shall be forwarded to the Examiner at least five business days prior to the date of the Examiner's hearing, and shall not be cause to continue or delay the scheduled hearing. (Ord. 2009-31 § 3 (part), 2009)