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Tideflats Subarea Plan

About the Plan

On May 9, 2017 the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port of Tacoma/Tideflats.

Subarea planning allows for the establishment of a shared, long-term vision, and a more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in a focused area. Completion of a subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing/Industrial Center.


Current Status - Steering Committee Approves Work Plan

On February 8, 2019 the Tideflats Subarea Plan Steering Committee approved the following Work Plan and supporting documents: 

Next Steps

There are still several steps to come between the adoption of the Work Plan and project launch, including: 

  • Consultant Selection
  • Convening the Stakeholder Advisory Committee 
  • Developing a Public Engagement Plan 


Recent News and Project Updates

September 25, 2018

On September 25, 2018, the City Council adopted a resolution approving the City of Tacoma to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement concerning cost sharing for the Tideflats Subarea Plan. The resolution also directed the City Manager to work with the indicated partners to develop a mutually satisfactory subarea planning and approval process no later than 60 days after the agreement is signed by all indicated parties. 


Read Resolution No. 40113


November 21, 2017:

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470 Tideflats Interim Regulations for an initial one-year period. To learn more, visit the Interim Regulations web page.

Presentations and Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2017:

At a joint City of Tacoma and Port of Tacoma study session, Peter Huffman, Planning and Development Services Director, presented a status update on the Interlocal Agreement between the Port of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and City of Tacoma relating to the Tideflats Subarea Plan. Watch the presentation.


June 15, 2017:

Peter Huffman, Planning and Development Services Director, presented on the basics of subarea planning at the Port of Tacoma study session.  Watch the presentation (topic begins around the 1:04:00 mark on the video) or download a PDF.

Tideflats MIC

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Planning Contact

Stephen Atkinson
Senior Planner


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