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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) 


Northwest Detention Center (2015 map)

Correctional Facilities Interim Regulations

The City Council enacted emergency, interim zoning regulations for correctional facilities on March 7, 2017, effective for six months.

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Future Land Use Map (image) 

Future Land Use Implementation and Rezones

The Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan provides a basis for applying zoning and for making land use decisions. This project will put into effect the land use designations through appropriate area-wide rezones to achieve consistency with the Future Land Use Map, and work to achieve the goals of the One Tacoma Plan.

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 Commercial Zoning (illustration)

Commercial Zoning Update

The Commercial Zoning update will revise the design and development standards for the City’s Neighborhood and General Commercial Zoning Districts. The project will bring these districts into alignment with the goals and policies of the One Tacoma Plan to promote a more walkable, pedestrian friendly environment.


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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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 JBLM Joint Land Use Study (logo) Joint Land Use Study

This project will evaluate the findings and recommendations of the Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and evaluate strategies for addressing compatibility with the base.


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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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Cheney Stadium (photo) Institutional Campus Zoning Review

This project will evaluate zoning or zoning overlay strategies to better accommodate the needs of the City’s major institutional campus facilities while also protecting the livability of surrounding neighborhoods. The City’s Future Land Use Map designates high schools, higher education, and hospitals as Major Institutional Campus facilities.


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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, we are also accepting private applications for proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use regulatory Code through March 31, 2017.  For more information on how to apply, please visit: www.cityoftacoma.org/planning, and click on “Plan and Code Amendments.”


Unified Development Code (logo)

Unified Development Code (UDC)

The UDC will streamline and consolidate the various development codes, permits and processes into a single, more user-friendly document. The finished document will include all development-related regulations.  The UDC will provide a predictable, customer service-oriented process allowing for increased economic development and investment.


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