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Tideflats Subarea Plan

About the Plan

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

Subarea planning allows for the establishment of a shared, long-term vision, and a more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in a focused area. Completion of a subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing/Industrial Center.


View the Tideflats Subarea Plan Handout.


Current Status

The City is currently in discussions with the Port of Tacoma and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians regarding an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) that would outline the project partnership, including roles of the City, the Port, and the Puyallup Tribe, and responsibilities and funding for the project.


The subarea planning process is scheduled to begin in Fall/Winter 2017 with a Request for Proposals for consultant services to support the planning effort, upon completion of the ILA.


Recent News and Project Updates

November 21, 2017:

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470 Tideflats Interim Regulations for an initial one-year period. To learn more, visit the Interim Regulations web page.

Presentations and Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2017:

At a joint City of Tacoma and Port of Tacoma study session, Peter Huffman, Planning and Development Services Director, presented a status update on the Interlocal Agreement between the Port of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and City of Tacoma relating to the Tideflats Subarea Plan. Watch the presentation.


June 15, 2017:

Peter Huffman, Planning and Development Services Director, presented on the basics of subarea planning at the Port of Tacoma study session.  Watch the presentation (topic begins around the 1:04:00 mark on the video) or download a PDF.

Tideflats MIC

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Planning Contact

Stephen Atkinson
Senior Planner


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