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Current Initiatives and Projects

The goal of the Planning Services Division is to guide community growth and development in a manner that protects environmental resources, enhances quality of life, promotes distinctive neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown, and involves citizens in the decisions that affect them.

2017-2018 Planning Services Public Engagement Plan (December 2016) 

Public Notice on Planning Work Program (December 2016) 


Tideflats Interim Regulations

Tideflats Interim Regulations

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, requesting the Planning Commission to discuss the need for interim regulations.  The Commission recommended on October 4 that interim regulations be enacted.

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Tideflats MIC Map
Tideflats Subarea Plan

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats.      


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Northwest Detention Center (2015 map)

Correctional and Detention Facilities Regulations

On February 20, 2018, the City Council adopted Amended Ordinance No. 28491, concerning the Correctional and Detention Facilities Permanent Regulations. The ordinance became effective on March 4, 2018, superseding the interim regulations enacted on May 9, 2017.          


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Emergency Aid and Sheltering Program




Emergency Temporary Shelters Regulations

The City Council enacted emergency temporary shelters interim regulations on June 6, 2017, effective through November 14, 2017.  The Council subsequently modified the interim regulations on October 17 and extended the duration for 6 months, effective through April 16, 2018.

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Urban Design

Urban Design Studio - Establishment 

The Urban Design Studio is a proposed long-term program with a focus on delivering urban design services to customers in the Planning and Development Services Department, other City departments, and through external public and private partnerships. The initial phase of the project will include extensive public engagement, development of design guidelines, administrative procedures for design review, and municipal code amendments. 


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2019 Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code

The 2019 Amendment is a process through which the City considers changes, additions, and updates to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code. The 2019 Amendment includes seven (7) applications with a final work program established in June/July 2018. 


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 Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan (logo)

Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan

The Tacoma Mall Neighborhood is important to people who live, work and shop in the region. This 485-acre area was designated by the City and the Puget Sound Regional Council as a focus for jobs and housing growth. The City is currently working to develop a Subarea Plan for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood that seeks to develop and promote a vision for positive growth and change within the subarea.  

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 Open Space and Stream (photo)

Open Space Corridors

The Parks and Open Space designation includes a variety of areas within the City, including active park and recreation areas, passive open spaces, critical areas, steep slopes, and other important habitat areas. This project will evaluate appropriate site development standards to protect the important functions of the City’s open space while continuing to accommodate reasonable use of private property.  

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 Infill Residential Design (illustration) Residential Infill Pilot Program

The purpose of the Pilot Program is to promote innovative residential infill development types, while ensuring that such development demonstrates high quality building and site design that is responsive to and harmonious with neighborhood patterns and character.  


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 Roadway Cross-section Design (illustration)  Public Facility Plans and Design


Review of Applications (photo) Private Applications

While the 2017-2018 work program includes many City-initiated projects, the City also received six private applications.  For more information on the private applications, please visit: www.cityoftacoma.org/planning, and click on “Plan and Code Amendments.”