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Manitou Potential Annexation Area

Latest News (July 2022 Update) 


Annexation Status

We are anticipating the Manitou Annexation to happen in fall 2022 (specific date to be determined). Please see the letters to the stakeholders below:

  • Manitou Annexation Update (May 25, 2022) 
  • Manitou Annexation Update (March 24, 2022) 
  • Land Use Designations and Zoning Districts

    As mentioned in the May 25th letter, the City Council was to conduct a public hearing on June 7, 2022 concerning the 2022 Amendment.  That has happened, and the Council went on to adopt the 2022 Amendment on June 28, 2022.  As expected, the proposed modifications to the Manitou Area's land use designations, identified as Issue #15 in "Minor Plan and Code Amendments", have been adopted - please see Ordinance No. 28821, Exhibit B, on page 6.


    ILA and MOU

    Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have entered into an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) concerning the proposed annexation of the Manitou Potential Annexation Area. Posted below is the ILA approved by the County and City Councils in September-October and executed and recorded in December 2021:   

    With the ILA, the County and the City are committed to making the annexation happen (date to be determined). The ILA includes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure the transition of governmental services from the County to the City, upon annexation, is carried out effectively and smoothly.


    Next Steps

    1. County, City and Service Providers Negotiations of Transitions/Terms of Services (late 2021 through 2022)
    2. City Council Adoption of Annexation Ordinance (in summer 2022, date to be determined)
    3. Annexation Effective (in fall 2022, date to be determined)


    Recent Activities and Materials 

    Posted below, for documentation purposes, are materials associated with the City Council public hearing on August 31 and a community outreach meeting on June 30, 2021, as well as a link to Pierce County's annexation website:


    Annexation Planning Efforts During 2018-2019:


    Establishment of the Proposed Zoning

    Posted below for documentation purposes, in reverse chronological order, are the City Council's and the Planning Commission's reviews that led to the establishment of the Proposed Zoning for the Manitou area:


    City Council Adoption (September 24, 2019)

    The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28609 concerning the Proposed Zoning for the Manitou area as part of the2019 Annual Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code ("2019 Amendment"). 

  • Ordinance 28609 Manitou Potential Annexation Area (September 24, 2019)
  • According to the ordinance, all the existing commercial parcels will be zoned C-1 (General Neighborhood Commercial), all the multi-family parcels and the mobile homes will be zoned R4-L (Low-Density Multi-Family Dwelling), and all the single-family parcels will be zoned R-3 (Two-Family Dwelling), and all with the overlay of South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD).  


    City Council Public Hearing (August 20, 2019)

    The City Council conducted a public hearing on August 20, 2019, concerning the 2019 Amendment (including the Manitou Proposed Zoning) as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Planning staff conducted an informational meeting on August 15 to provide an opportunity for interested citizens to learn more about the subject of the hearing and be prepared to provide comments.

  • Notice of City Council Public Hearing (August 20) and Informational Meeting (August 15)
  • Planning Commission Recommendations (June 19, 2019)

    The Planning Commission made its recommendations on the 2019 Amendment on June 19, 2019, based on comments received at the public hearings on May 1 and May 15 and based on the post-hearing debriefings on May 29, June 5 and June 19.  The issue of Manitou Proposed Zoning was debriefed on May 29 and June 19.  Posted below are the complete "book" of the Commission's recommendations, Section II-5 of the book pertaining to the Manitou Proposed Zoning, and packets of information relating to Manitou Proposed Zoning reviewed by the Commission on May 29 and June 19:

    Planning Commission Public Hearings and Manitou Walk-About

    The Planning Commission conducted two public hearings on May 1 and May 15, 2019, concerning the six subjects of the 2019 Amendment.  The Manitou Proposed Zoning was addressed at Public Hearing No. 2 on May 15.  Staff conducted a Manitou Area Walk-about on April 26 to prepare interested citizens for the public hearing.  Posted below for documentation purposes are relevant materials:


    City Council Reviews - Early Stage (August-October 2018)

    According to RCW 35.13.470, the annexation process applicable to the Manitou area is the method of Interlocal Annexation Agreement.  The process may be initiated by Pierce County or the City of Tacoma through the adoption of a resolution to commence negotiations of the interlocal agreement.

    The City Council adopted a resolution on October 30, 2018, to initiate the annexation process and the negotiation of the interlocal agreement with Pierce County, as recommended by the Government Performance and Finance Committee (GPFC).  The resolution corresponded to a similar one adopted by the Pierce County Council on September 4, 2018.

    Relevant documents are posted below: 

  • City Council Resolution No. 40150 (October 30, 2018)
  • Pierce County Council Resolution No. 2018-97 (September 4, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - PowerPoint (October 16, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - Agenda Packet (October 16, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - PowerPoint (August 21, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - Agenda Packet (August 21, 2018)

    Planning Commission Reviews - Early Stage (July 2018 - February 2019)

    The Planning Commission (PC) reviewed the subject on July 18, 2018, November 7, 2018, and February 6, 2019.  At the February 6th meeting, the Commission established two options of the proposed land use designations and zoning classifications ("Proposed Zoning") to be applied to the Manitou area if and when the annexation becomes effective, and released both options for public review and comment during the 2019 Amendment process.

  • Letter to Community about PC Meeting of Feb. 6, 2019 (January 31, 2019)  
  • PC Agenda (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Agenda (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Agenda (July 18, 2018)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (July 18, 2018)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (July 18, 2018)  

    Community Meetings - Early Stage (May 14 and December 10, 2018)

    County and City staff conducted two pre-annexation community meetings in 2018. to inform and engage the neighborhood and stakeholders.  Posted below are some relevant documents:

  • Manitou Annexation Community Comments and Responses (updated January 31, 2019) 
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Presentation (December 10, 2018)
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Notice (December 10, 2018)
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Presentation (May 14, 2018)
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Notice (April 27, 2018)
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    Background - About the Manitou Potential Annexation Area

    The Manitou Area is the 37-acre unincorporated Pierce County area located on the southwest corner of the City, near Lakewood Drive W. and 66th Street W. The area abuts the City of Tacoma on the east, south and west sides, and the City of University Place on the north side.  

  • Manitou Area Map 
  • Manitou Annexation Fact Sheet 

    Background - About Annexation

    The Manitou Neighborhood is one of the unincorporated “islands” in Pierce County where future annexation to the respective abutting municipalities is expected by the State Growth Management Act (GMA) and considered a high priority in regional planning policies. This is also one of the City’s designated Urban Growth Areas (UGAs), effectively the Potential Annexation Areas (PAAs), as set forth in the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, pursuant to GMA. 


    A basic premise of the GMA is that denser urban development should be supported by urban services, such as roads, transit, sidewalks, water, sewer, parks, and libraries, and should be located in cities to ensure the most efficient provision of service.


    For more information about Annexation, UGAs, or PAAs, please review:

  • Annexations (City's web page)
  • Annexation Tip Sheet (by City of Tacoma)
  • Annexation Handbook (by Municipal Research and Services Center)
  • Staff Contact

    Lihuang Wung, Senior Planner, Email Lihuang