The Planning Commission is a citizen's group established by City Charter Section 3.8 to advise the City Council on a broad range of planning issues to ensure that all plans, goals, policies, and development regulations are promoting orderly and coordinated growth and development within the city.
Duties and Responsibilities
Pursuant to Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 13.02, the Planning Commission:
- Develops and updates the Comprehensive Plan and its elements
- Formulates effective and efficient land use and development regulations and processes that implement the Comprehensive Plan
- Reviews various planning issues, such as area-wide rezones, temporary zoning measures (such as a moratorium or interim regulations), annexation, historic district designation, urban design, and transportation and capital facilities programs
The Planning Commission has nine members, who shall be residents of the City of Tacoma and be appointed and confirmed by the City Council for terms of three years each. One member shall be appointed by the Council for each of the five council districts. The Council shall appoint to the four remaining positions an individual from each of the following: (a) the development community; (b) the environmental community; (c) public transportation; and (d) a designee with background of involvement in architecture, historic preservation, and/or urban design. Planning Commission members serve without pay.
- Council District 1 - Scott Winship
- Council District 2 - Dorian Waller
- Council District 3 - Brett Santhuff
- Council District 4 - Stephen Wamback (Vice-Chair)
- Council District 5 - Chris Beale (Chair)
- Development Community - Jeff McInnis
- Environmental Community - Anna Petersen
- Public Transportation - Meredith Neal
- Architecture, Historic Preservation and/or Urban Design - Jeremy Woolley
Staffing support to the Planning Commission is provided by the Planning Services Division of the Planning and Development Services Department.