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Mason Gulch Landscape Management

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Special Notice--Public Comment Now Open 

The Mason Gulch Landscape Management Plan is now out for public comment. Follow this link (http://tacomapermits.org/message-board/landusenoticesand click on Permit Number LU16-0272 to provide your comments and feedback. Comments due by February 13, 2017. We appreciate your comments and interest. 

 

Mason Gulch Landscape Management Plan

Staff has been working hard to balance the goals of the Landscape Management Plan (LMP) by improving slope stability and forest health, public safety and public views within the limits of the applicable regulations.

 

View the draft Mason Gulch Landscape Management Plan

 

Mason Gulch History

Mason Gulch consists of 36 contiguous open space acres located in North Tacoma. Steep, forested slopes surround the wetland/creek complex at the bottom elevations. This area provides many environmental benefits including stormwater management, wildlife habitat, and water quality protection.

 

Creek flow is plentiful as it was used from the late 1800s to the 1920s as a water supply for North end residents of the City of Tacoma. In 1926, Tacoma Public Utility’s Water Department purchased the property with the intent to use as a water supply. The results of a hydrologic report in 1964, determined that this use would be complicated due to the geology, springs, and unstable soils.

 

In 1966, the North End Sewer Treatment Plant was built at the mouth of the gulch and currently uses some of the creek water during its processing of sewage. In 2014, the properties were transferred to the City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department with the intent to manage the properties responsibly with a focus on vegetation to benefit both surface water quality and quantity. A landscape management plan is currently being prepared in order to address responsible property management of the gulch.

 

Mason Gulch Stream

Public Meetings

Multiple public outreach meetings have been conducted since July 2015. Here are some resources from previous meetings and information about upcoming meetings.

 

Previous Meeting Resources

July 30, 2015 Meeting:
View the presentation

View the Mason Gulch Public Meeting Survey Results

View the meeting minutes

 

March 30, 2016 Meeting:

View the presentation

View the Mason Gulch Mailing Area Map

View the meeting minutes

 

May 25, 2016 Meeting:

View the presentation

View the Mason Gulch Mailing Area Map

View the meeting minutes

View the supplementation survey results

View the DRAFT Mason Gulch Landscape Management Plan

     Appendix A - Mason Gulch Geotechnical Engineering Report (In Review)

     Appendix B - Invasive Species Control

     Appendix C - Privately Initiated Vegetation Modification Requests (In Development)

     Appendix D - Mason Gulch Landscape Management Plan Specifications (In Development - will be similar to Schuster Slope Appendix D)

View the Critical Area’s Preservation Code – TMC 13.11  

View the Wetland Delineation Report 

 

August 4, 2016 Meeting:
View the Mason Gulch Workshop Mailing Area Map

View the presentation 

View the meeting minutes

 

November 16, 2016 Meeting:

View the presentation

 

Resources

Baseline Conditions Assessment Report, GeoEngineers, November 2014

Daylighting of Mason Creek – Feasibility Analysis

Mason Gulch: A hidden paradise - The News Tribune, July 27, 2014

Give some life to Mason Gulch - Post Defiance, May 13, 2016

 

Contact

For more information regarding the progress of the Mason Gulch landscape management plan, please contact the City of Tacoma Mason Gulch Project Manager.

Desiree Pooley
Senior Environmental Specialist
Environmental Services Department
(253) 502-2126
dpooley@cityoftacoma.org