Container Port Element

Image of the Tacoma Port ContainerOverview
The Container Port Element amendment will create a new element in the Comprehensive Plan that specifically addresses and provides goals and policies relative to the Port Industrial Area. The Container Port Element will establish a policy framework that will ensure that local land use decisions consider the needs of container ports and ensure that container ports and freight corridors continue to function effectively alongside vibrant city waterfronts and adjacent areas. 
By adding a new Container Port Element to the Comprehensive Plan the City seeks to:

  1. Define and protect the core areas of port and port-related industrial uses within the city.
  2. Provide reasonably efficient access to the core area through freight corridors within the city limits.
  3. Identify and resolve key land use conflicts along the edge of the core area, and minimize and mitigate, to the extent practicable, incompatible uses along the edge of the core area. This work is mandated by a 2009 addition to the Growth Management Act relating to land use and transportation planning for marine ports in Seattle and Tacoma and is being accomplished in collaboration with the Port of Tacoma.
This Container Port Element will be reviewed as a part of the 2014 Amendment Package. Please consult this web page for details of the public review and comment process and schedule. 

Additional InformationDraft White Paper #1: Existing Conditions (Revised April 2011)
Draft White Paper #2: Potential Goals and Policies (November 2010)
Draft Container Port Element (September 2013)
Presentation to Planning Commission (October 16, 2013)
Staff Contact
Ian S. Munce, AICP
Special Assistant to the Director
Planning and Development Services
(253) 573-2478