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Tideflats Interim Regulations

Council Schedules Final Reading of Ordinance for 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. For public review, the original ordinance and proposed substitute are provided below: 

Ordinance No. 28542 
Substitute Ordinance 

Public Hearing

The City Council conducted a public hearing on October 23, 2018 on the proposed extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. Over 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: 

Final Reading of Ordinance - Approved

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. 


Other News

On July 18, 2017, Planning and Development Services staff presented a briefing to the City Council during Study Session. 


You can watch the video (begins at the 84 minute mark) or download the presentation


Planning Contact

Stephen Atkinson
Senior Planner


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