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Latest News - Planning Commission Public Hearing on October 3, 2018

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at approximately 5:30 PM (half an hour after the beginning of the meeting), in the Tacoma City Council Chambers, concerning the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Permanent Regulations. After the public hearing, the Commission will continue to accept written comments through October 5, 2018.


For more information about the public hearing, the proposed regulations, environmental review of the proposal, and how to provide comments, please review the following documents:

  • ADU Public Hearing Packet (for October 3, 2018)
  • ADU Environmental Review Packet (for October 3, 2018)   
  • Project Overview

    In response to the acute housing need and concerns of displacement in the City, as well as level of community interest, City Council passed Resolution No. 39886 in December 2017 requesting the Planning Commission to modify Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) 13.05.115 to increase the number of Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) allowed and to review design standards and review processes for the entire Residential Infill Pilot Program.


    Subsequent conversations with the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee, as well the Planning Commission have redirected efforts toward increasing capacity by allowing DADUs outright in single family zoning districts. This will end DADUs as a part of the pilot program and move DADUs into a comprehensive Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) code that covers detached and attached types.


    Project Schedule

    The project is slated for completion in December 2018.  The project schedule is as shown below, subject to change:

    • Draft and Release Code: September 5, 2018 – Presenting draft ADU code and revised Infill Pilot code to release for public hearing
    • Public Comment Period: September 5 through October 5, 2018
    • Planning Commission Public Hearing: October 3, 2018
    • Recommendation to City Council: October 17, 2018 – Findings of Fact report and Public Hearing summary/debrief

    Staff Contact

    Lauren Flemister
    (253) 591-5660