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Correctional Facilities Interim Regulations

Interim Regulations Enacted

By adopting Ordinance No. 28417 on March 7, 2017, the City Council enacted emergency interim zoning regulations pertaining to correctional facilities and set April 25, 2017 as the date for a public hearing on the matter. 


The interim regulations are effective for six months (through September 6, 2017) or until the City’s zoning regulations for correctional facilities are permanently updated.


The interim regulations amend the Tacoma Municipal Code, Sections 13.06.100, 13.06.200, 13.06.300, 13.06.400, and 13.06.700, as follows:

  • Modify the use definition of “correctional facility” to clearly differentiate between public and private correctional facilities;
  • Prohibit the siting of private correctional facilities in all zoning districts;
  • Remove public correctional facilities as a permitted use in multi-family and light-industrial zoning districts (i.e., R-4L, R-4, R-5, and M-1); and
  • Modify how public correctional facilities are permitted by requiring approval of a Conditional Use Permit in all districts in which they are allowed (currently, M-2 Heavy Industrial and PMI Port Maritime & Industrial).


Legislative Intent

The adoption of emergency Ordinance No. 28417 is intended to prohibit or require conditional use permits for new or expanded correctional facilities in the interim and to allow time for the City Council and the Planning Commission to conduct appropriate research, analyze potential impacts and applicable local, state and regional policies, and determine the appropriate permanent regulatory framework for public and private correctional facilities in Tacoma.


Relevant Documents

  • Ordinance No. 28417 (March 7, 2017)

    Staff Contacts

    Brian Boudet, Planning Manager

    (253) 573-2389



    Lihuang Wung, Senior Planner

    (253) 591-5682