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Our Mission (Planning Services Division)

We conduct long-range, comprehensive planning activities pursuant to the State Growth Management Act and applicable federal, state, regional and local mandates. 

Our goal 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. 

We work together with the community, City Council, and Planning Commission to develop and update the Comprehensive Plan, along with neighborhood and subarea plans, and associated regulations and implementation strategies that guide the future development of the built and natural environment of Tacoma.


Quick Links

Planning Manager's Letter to the Community (January 12, 2016) 

One Tacoma: Comprehensive Plan 
Planning Commission 
Tacoma Municipal Code 
Zoning Maps 
Zoning Reference Guide 


Current Initiatives

2017-2018 Amendment 

2016 Annual Amendment 
2015 Annual Amendment 
Affordable Housing
Amtrak Station Relocation
Billboard Community Working Group 

Billboard Regulations 
Chinese Reconciliation Park 
Container Port Element
Emergency Response/Intelligent Transportation System
Feather Signs  

Hilltop Links to Opportunity 
Live/Work & Work/Live Code Amendments 

Marijuana Regulations 
Point Defiance DRA  
Prairie Line Trail 

PSE Proposed Tideflats LNG Facility 

Residential Infill Pilot Program 
Schuster Corridor Multi-Use Trail 
Shoreline Master Program 

Subarea Planning - Hilltop Subarea Plan and EIS

Subarea Planning - North Downtown Subarea Plan and EIS

Subarea Planning - South Downtown Subarea Plan and EIS
Subarea Planning - Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan 
Temporary Homeless Camps
TDR - Transfer of Development Rights Program 
Unified Development Code 


Other Planning Projects 

View Other Planning Projects that are either completed or currently on hold, but may resume at any time when the need arises.


Staff Directory


E-mails by Subject Matters


Tacoma Permits



Planning Services

747 Market St., Rm 345
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: (253) 591-5030
Fax: (253) 591-5433