Hilltop Subarea Plan and EIS

What's New - Issuance of Final Draft Subarea Plan, Final EIS, and Planning Commission Public Hearing
The City issued the Final Draft of the Hilltop Subarea Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on December 31, 2013. The Final Draft Subarea Plan and Final EIS are available for agency and public review. A Planning Commission Public Hearing is scheduled for January 22, 2014, to provide an opportunity for community members to come and learn more about the Final Draft Subarea Plan to provide input on the proposal.

Comments will be accepted on the proposal until Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5 pm. The comments received will help determine what changes need to be made before preparing the Final Subarea Plan which is expected to be adopted by the City Council in the spring of 2014. For additional information or to submit comments on the proposal, please contact the Project Manager, Brian Boudet at (253) 573-2389.

Final Draft Subarea Plan - Released December 31, 2013
Final Environmental Impact Statement - Issued December 31, 2013
Public Hearing Notice - Hearing Date is January 22, 2014

Existing and Proposed Zoning 

ULI Visit 

A delegation from the Urban Land Institute’s Daniel Rose Center visited Tacoma from March 4 to March 7, 2013 to work with City staff and stakeholders on how Tacoma can attract investment along the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor.  The group included planners and urban design specialists from across the country and officials from the cities of Hartford, Conn., Louisville, Ky. and Austin, Texas.  The four day visit included presentations, site visits, and stakeholder interviews and concluded with the March 7 presentation of Rose Center delegation’s  recommendations for the corridor.  City staff will continue to work with the Rose Center throughout the year, with a final set of recommendations and actions steps presented at the Urban Land Institute fall conference in November.  These recommendations are also being utilized by staff and the community to inform the continued work on the final MLK Subarea Plan.  Tacoma ULI Rose Center Presentation (March 7, 2013)
ULI’s Tacoma Study

MLK Subarea Plan and EIS

The Draft Subarea Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) are now available for public review. The comments recieved on these draft documents will help determine what changes need to be made before preparing the final MLK Subarea Plan and EIS. The final MLK Subarea Plan will then be subject to public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council before the final adoption of the plan which is scheduled for June 2013. Please review the following documents and provide comments no later than February 1, 2013.

Project Timeline

Draft Subarea Plan Executive Summary

The executive summary offers a brief overview of the Draft MLK Subarea Plan

Draft of the MLK Subarea Plan Executive Summary

Comment Instructions

To provide comments on the Draft Subarea Plan and/or DEIS please contact the Project Manager no later than February 1, 2013.

Brian Boudet
Urban Planner
Planning and Development Services Deptartment
747 Market StreetRoom 345
Tacoma WA 98402

Phone: (253) 573-2389
Fax: (253) 591-5443

MLK Subarea Plan Survey

Please take a few minutes to share your ideas on the MLK Subarea Plan and rank the importance of various elements of the plan with our online survey.

MLK Subarea Plan Survey

Draft Subarea Plan

The purpose of the MLK Subarea Plan is to anticipate, support, and guide the long-term redevelopment of the MLK District. The plan will serve as a statement of the City's commitment to and direction for future development in the MLK Subarea in addition to serving as a resource for potential investors, property owners, the community and other public agencies.

Draft of the MLK Subarea Plan 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

The Draft EIS analyzes the impacts associated with future development in the MLK subarea, including additional development that is being planned to occur over the next twenty years, as well as the potential increases in employment and population that are are being planned for this area. Preliminary growth targets for the area include 10,000 new jobs and 10,000 additional people by 2030. This new development could represent a maximum of approximately 10 million square feet of floor area for residential and commercial space. 

Draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Community Outreach 

One of the most important parts of the MLK Subarea Plan and EIS has been civic engagement. Community input is crucial when discussing the future of any area. The MLK/Hilltop community has been very active throughout this planning process. The vision of the future for the MLK Subarea was only made possible through the efforts of several organizations, institutions, and  community members at open house discussions and through questionaires, surveys, letters, and phone calls. Please take a moment to explore some of these interactions through the links below.

MLK Open House
The City held a series of public open house events in an effort to gain further public input through open discussions with community members and surveys in order to better develop the MLK Subarea Plan and EIS. Several project posters were also on display featuring the people, businesses, and history of the MLK area.

McCarver Collaborative Projects 
City staff and interns worked with McCarver Elementary School on these exciting projects.

MLK Working Group 
This group is comprised of leaders from several local businesses, organizations, and special interest group. They meet monthly and work closely with the city and contractors to help develop and implement the MLK Subarea Plan and EIS.

Healthy Community 
These projects explore health related issues and focus on the factors that influence physical health in the MLK/Hilltop community.