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Planning Commission


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 housing, neighborhood planning, subarea plans, urban design, regional and local transportation investments, capital facilities programs, historic district designation, annexation, area-wide rezones, and moratoria or interim regulations.


The Planning Commission has nine positions. Members shall be residents of the City of Tacoma and be appointed by the City Council for terms of three years each. Members serve without pay or compensation. The current membership and the positions they represent are listed below:

  1. Council District 1 - Andrew Strobel (Vice-Chair)
  2. Council District 2 - Morgan Dorner 
  3. Council District 3 - Brett Santhuff
  4. Council District 4 - Alyssa Torrez 
  5. Council District 5 - Robb Krehbiel
  6. Development Community - Anthony Steele   
  7. Environmental Community - Brett Marlo
  8. Public Transportation - Christopher Karnes (Chair)
  9. Architecture, Historic Preservation and/or Urban Design - Matthew Martenson  


Additional Information


Planning Commission Interview, TV Tacoma's CityLine (February 7, 2019) 

             (Click on the image to watch the video; 12 min.)

  • About the Planning Commission 
  • Planning Commission Rules and Regulations (Bylaws)
  • Planning Commission Annual Report 2020-2021 and Work Program 2021-2023
  • We All Make One Tacoma - Long Range Planning News and Update (February 2020)

    Staff Support

    Staffing support to the Planning Commission is provided by the Planning Services Division of the Planning and Development Services Department

    Time and Day

    5 PM
    First and third Wednesday of each month



    Council Chambers

    Tacoma Municipal Bldg.

    747 Market Street

    Tacoma, WA 98402


    Staff Liaison 

    Lihuang Wung
    Senior Planner
    (253) 591-5682