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Tideflats Interim Regulations

Non-Interim Tideflats and Industrial Land Use Regulations

On October 20, 2020, the City Council approved a six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. The Ordinance was amended to direct the Planning Commission to begin a process to review and recommend a new "non-interim" ordinance by April 2021. 

Public Hearing and Comment Period

The Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on proposed amendments to Tacoma Municipal Code Titles 13 Land Use Regulatory Code and 19 Shoreline Master Program.  Public comments will be accepted through March 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM. 

 

The public hearing will be conducted jointly with the Department of Ecology to consider limited amendments to the Shoreline Master Program. Shoreline Master Program limited amendments are identified in Section D of the Public Review Document below (see references to Title 19 Shoreline Master Program). Sections A, B, and C do not apply to the Shoreline Master Program and are not part of Department of Ecology's review. 

 

Public Review Documents: 

Public Review Document - Complete 

 

Staff Report and Exhibits Section A: Permit Notification

Staff Report and Exhibits Section B: Conversion of Industrial Lands

Staff Report and Exhibits Section C: Residential Encroachment

Staff Report and Exhibits Section D: Siting of Heavy Industrial Uses

SEPA DNS and Checklist 

 

How to provide written comments:

Written comments can be submitted to planning@cityoftacoma.org or by mail to Planning Commission, 747 Market St. Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402. 

 

How to participate in the Public Hearing: 

The public hearing will be conducted remotely on March 3, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Please use the following link and dial-in information to participate: 

Informational Meeting:

On February 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM Planning staff will conduct an information meeting and answer questions pertaining to the proposed amendments and public process. To participate in this session, please use the following link and dial-in information: 

Public Comment Map: 

The following map can be used to review specific features of the Tideflats Area as well as to provide public comment related to the proposed amendments. 

 

Public Scoping (completed)

Following a public scoping hearing on December 2, 2020, the Planning Commission finalized a scope of work and process schedule to provide the City Council with recommendations by the end of March, 2021. 

Planning Commission Review and Documents

Planning Commission Review

 

Planning Commission Agenda Materials 

 

 
Public Comment Map

Tideflats Public Scoping Map: Use this map to explore existing conditions, One Tacoma Plan policies, and use the comment feature to comment on potential amendments or to identify specific areas of concern. 

 

Periodic Reporting on Permit Activity and Fossil Fuel Trends

To support the City Council's deliberations concerning the Tideflats Interim Regulations, the following report on permit activity and fossil fuel trends was presented to Council at the September 22, 2020 Study Session.

 

Legislative Background

Legislative Background

Adopted on November 21, 2017, the Tideflats Interim Regulations, Amended Ordinance No. 28470, includes the following elements:

  • Category 1: Expanded public notification of heavy industrial use permits;

  • Category 2: Temporary prohibition of new non-industrial uses in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing and Industrial Center;

  • Category 3: Temporary prohibition of new residential development along Marine View Drive and NE Tacoma slopes; and

  • Category 4: Temporary prohibition on certain types of new heavy industrial uses.

Since the initial adoption of the Interim Regulations in 2017, the Council has taken the following actions to extend the ordinance:

  • November 13, 2018: Ordinance No. 28542 – 6-month Extension

  • May 21, 2019: Ordinance No. 28582 – 6-month Extension

  • November 12, 2019: Ordinance No. 28619 – 6-month Extension

  • May 19, 2020: Ordinance No. 28671 - 6-month Extension

  • October 20, 2020: Ordinance No. 28696 - 6-month Extension

Prior Extensions

Six-month Extension Approved May 19, 2020

On May 19, 2020 the City Council approved Ordinance No. 28671, extending the Tideflats Interim Regulations for an additional six-months, without modification. 

 

Six-month Extension Approved Nov. 12, 2019

On November 12, 2019, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 28619, extending the Tideflats Interim Regulations for an additional six-months, without modification. 

Six-month Extension Approved May 21, 2019

 

On May 21, 2019, the City Council approved a six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. 

 

Six-month Extension Approved November 13, 2018

 

The six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations was approved without modification on November 13, 2018. 

On October 30, 2018, the City Council conducted the First Reading of Ordinance No. 28542, which would extend the Interim Regulations for six-months. In addition, a Substitute Ordinance was introduced that would modify the Interim Regulations in the following way: 

The Ordinance was held over for Final Reading on November 13, 2018. The Substitute Ordinance was introduced but not voted on. The Substitute Ordinance will be considered at Final Reading. Public comment will be accepted on this agenda item. The proposed substitute is provided below: 

Substitute Ordinance 

 

Public Hearing

The City Council conducted a public hearing on October 23, 2018 on the proposed extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. More than 60 people testified at the hearing. 

Read the Weekly Report summarizing the public testimony. 
Watch the public hearing

Read the Public Hearing Notice.

 

Background Materials: 

About the Interim Regulations

On May 9, 2017, the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats. The Council also directed the Planning Commission to immediately begin the discussion on the need for interim regulations while the subarea planning process is underway.

 

For more information: 

Background Materials: 

About the Interim Regulations

On May 9, 2017, the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats. The Council also directed the Planning Commission to immediately begin the discussion on the need for interim regulations while the subarea planning process is underway.

 

For more information: 

Initial Adoption of the Interim Regulations

Initial City Council Adoption of the Interim Regulations

On November 21, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470. The Final Ordinance approved by Council includes several amendments to the Planning Commission's Recommendation. These are summarized below. 

 

Amended Ordinance No. 28470

Frequently Asked Questions

 

At First Reading of Ordinance on November 14, 2017, the Council approved four motions amending the proposed Interim Regulations. These amendments were included in the Final Ordinance and approved by Council on November 21: 

  1. The initial duration of the Interim Regulations was extended from six months to one year.
  2. Smelters were added to the list of uses restricted under the Interim Regulations.
  3. The uses subject to Interim Regulations were clarified as applying only to primary uses (business activities), and not to secondary uses (related support activities).
  4. Existing uses were removed from the scope of the interim regulations.

First Reading of Ordinance

On November 14, 2017, the City Council considered the following Ordinance and Exhibits as recommended by the City of Tacoma Planning Commission: 

Additional materials were provided to Council in preparation for First Reading, including: 

City Council Public Hearing - October 17, 2017 

On October 17, the City Council conducted a public hearing at the Pantages Theater on the Planning Commission's recommendation for the Tideflats Interim Regulations. Those wishing to provide written comments may submit them to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org or 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.  

Planning Commission Recommendation: 

Planning Commission Review

October 4, 2017
September 20, 2017
September 13, 2017 - Planning Commission Public Hearing

On August 16, the Planning Commission released draft Tideflats Interim Regulations for public review and comment and set a public hearing for September 13, 2017 at 6 PM at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Exhibition Hall A. Public comments were accepted through September 15, 2017 at 5 PM. 

Public Hearing Information

    Informational Meeting on September 6, 2017

    To learn more about the proposed interim regulations, there was an informational meeting on September 6 in City Council Chambers.  

     

    Staff Presentation 

     

    August 16,2017

    The Planning Commission reviewed the following draft materials

     

    August 16, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet

    Staff Presentation

    Written Comments

     

    August 2, 2017

    The Planning Commission began reviewing draft findings of fact and potential options for interim regulations. 

     

    August 2, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet 

    Staff Presentation

    Written Comments

     

    June 21, 2017

    The Planning Commission began their deliberations and determined that interim regulations may be warranted. 

     

    Planning Commission Agenda Packet

    Planning Commission Presentation

     

    For more information on the Planning Commission, including meeting times and locations, please visit the Planning Commission web page. 

     

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    Stephen Atkinson
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