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Current Initiatives and Projects

The goal of the Planning Services Division 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.


2017-2018 Planning Services Public Engagement Plan (December 2016) 

Public Notice on Planning Work Program (December 2016) 

 

Tideflats Interim Regulations

Tideflats Interim Regulations

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, requesting the Planning Commission to discuss the need for interim regulations.  The Commission recommended on October 4 that interim regulations be enacted.


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Tideflats MIC Map
Tideflats Subarea Plan

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats.      

      

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Urban Design

Urban Design Studio / Design Review Program 

The Urban Design Studio is a proposed long-term program with a focus on delivering urban design services to customers in the Planning and Development Services Department, other City departments, and through external public and private partnerships. The initial phase of the project will include extensive public engagement, development of design guidelines, administrative procedures for design review, and municipal code amendments. 

 

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One Tacoma

2019 Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code

The 2019 Amendment is a process through which the City considers changes, additions, and updates to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code. The 2019 Amendment includes seven (7) applications with a final work program established in June/July 2018. 

 

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JLUS Study

JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)  Implementation             

This project will evaluate the findings and recommendations of the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint-Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and evaluate strategies for addressing compatibility with the airport and its Accident Potential Zone (APZ).

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 Open Space and Stream (photo)

Open Space Corridors

The Parks and Open Space designation includes a variety of areas within the City, including active park and recreation areas, passive open spaces, critical areas, steep slopes, and other important habitat areas. This project will evaluate appropriate site development standards to protect the important functions of the City’s open space while continuing to accommodate reasonable use of private property.  


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 Infill Residential Design (illustration)

Residential Infill Pilot Program /

Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Regulations

The Infill Pilot Program is intended to promote innovative residential infill development types, while ensuring that such development demonstrates high quality building and site design that is responsive to and harmonious with neighborhood patterns and character.  The DADU Regulations is a code amendment project that addresses one of the infill housing types under the Pilot Program, i.e., DADUs, and is intended to allow DADUs as of right in single-family zoning districts.

 

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 Roadway Cross-section Design (illustration)  Public Facility Plans and Design

 

Review of Applications (photo) Private Applications

While the 2017-2018 work program includes many City-initiated projects, the City also received six private applications.  For more information on the private applications, please visit: www.cityoftacoma.org/planning, and click on “Plan and Code Amendments.”