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Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan

Project Updates - City Council Review in 2018

After a multi-year public process, the City Council will soon take action on the proposed Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan. Council review and public input opportunities will take place in April and May 2018. Upcoming meetings include:

Informational Meeting 
Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Public Hearing 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (tentative), City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, Testimony to begin around 5:15 PM

On February 28, 2018, the City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee recommended that the Subarea Plan move forward to full City Council review, with several changes to the Planning Commission’s October 2017 recommendations. For more information, visit www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.


Planning Commission Recommendations - October 18, 2017

On October 18th, the Planning Commission took final action to recommend and forward the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan package to the City Council.  The package consists of four documents as posted below:

  • Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan - Planning Commission Recommendations (October 18, 2017)
  • Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan - Council Review Draft (November 3, 2017)
  • Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan Appendices - Council Review Draft (November 3, 2017)
  • Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan - Final Environmental Impact Statement (November 3, 2017)
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing - September 6, 2017

    The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on the draft subarea plan and EIS on September 6, 2017 and kept the hearing record open through September 15 to accept written comments. 


    Poste below are the public comments received:

  • Tacoma Mall Plan Comments Batch 1
  • Tacoma Mall Plan Comments Batch 2
  • Posted below for background information are materials that were released for public review prior to the September 6 public hearing:

  • Public Review Draft Notice of Availability
  • Draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan
  • Draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan Appendices
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement Appendices
  • Additional Resources

    The City has set up a separate web page for this project that contains all background materials as well as additional photos, maps, and visual documents. This web page is being regularly updated with work products and upcoming meeting and public engagement opportunities. The project web page is www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.



    The 485-acre Tacoma Mall Subarea is important to people who live, work and shop in the area, and also in multiple ways to the City of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region as a whole.  This effort seeks to develop and promote a vision for positive growth and change within the Subarea.  The project is being funded by a $250,000 National Estuaries Program Watershed Protection Grant. This effort will build upon the three subarea plans for Downtown Tacoma and will fulfill Tacoma’s obligation to plan for our designated Regional Centers.

    The Tacoma Mall Center is designated by the Puget Sound Regional Council as a Regional Growth Center and a focal point for future jobs/housing concentration.  To accommodate growth sustainably, the Tacoma Mall Center must function well on many levels. Infrastructure, services, transportation choices and neighborhood amenities must be adequate to support growth and make the area a desirable place to live, work and shop. At the outset, the City is aware of certain key issues:

    • The Center is located within two sensitive stormwater basins. The Flett Creek, an EPA Target Watershed which influences Chambers Creek, a salmon-bearing stream and the Thea Foss Waterway, a superfund site that has been remediated at a cost of $105 million dollars.
    • The area includes some congested intersections, gaps in/barriers to bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, the lack of some neighborhood amenities, and a relatively low income and transient residential population.

    The Subarea Plan and EIS will be a community forum to collaboratively develop a vision, goals and strategies to guide growth and development, identify environmental impacts up-front on an area-wide basis and target mitigation measures and other implementation steps.  The objectives for this Subarea Plan are to:

    • Develop a vision for the area;
    • Promote sustainable growth within the Tacoma Mall Regional Growth Center;
    • Set the stage for a transition from an auto-centric regional shopping area into a compact, complete community;
    • Promote development consistent with Vision 2040, the Puget Sound Action Agenda, and Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan; and
    • Leverage public and private partnerships and investments to stimulate large-scale population and employment growth within the Center.


    The overall project schedule is July 2015 through December 2017.  For up to date project schedules, information on public meetings and other milestone dates, visit www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.


    Staff Contacts

    Elliott Barnett


    (253) 591-5389


    Brian Boudet


    (253) 573-2389