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DADU Regulations

Latest News - City Council Review Schedule

The City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability (IPS) Committee is scheduled, tentatively, on December 12, 2018 and January 23, 2019, to review the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Permanent Regulations, as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Upon completing its review, the IPS will forward the proposed regulations, as may be modified, to the City Council for consideration for adoption.  Stay tuned for updates on the City Council review schedule.


Planning Commission Review 

The Planning Commission made a recommendation to the City Council on October 17, 2018, concerning the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Permanent Regulations.  The Commission formulated its recommendations based on a series of deliberations during July-October 2018 and a public hearing held on October 3, 2018.  Posted below are materials that document the Commission's review process of the subject:

  • Planning Commission Recommendation Packet (October 17, 2018) 
  • Planning Commission Presentation (October 17, 2018)   
  • Planning Commission Agenda Packet (October 17, 2018)   
  • Planning Commission Presentation (October 3, 2018)   
  • Planning Commission Agenda Packet (October 3, 2018)
  • ADU Public Hearing Packet (for October 3, 2018)
  • ADU Environmental Review Packet (for October 3, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Presentation (September 5, 2018))  
  • Planning Commission Agenda Packet (September 5, 2018)  
  • Planning Commission Presentation (August 1, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Agenda Packet (August 1, 2018)  
  • Planning Commission Presentation (July 18, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Agenda Packet (July 18, 2018)    
  • Project Overview

    In response to the acute housing need and concerns of displacement in the City, as well as level of community interest, City Council passed Resolution No. 39886 in December 2017 requesting the Planning Commission to modify Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) 13.05.115 to increase the number of Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) allowed and to review design standards and review processes for the entire Residential Infill Pilot Program.


    Subsequent conversations with the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee, as well the Planning Commission have redirected efforts toward increasing capacity by allowing DADUs outright in single family zoning districts. This will end DADUs as a part of the pilot program and move DADUs into a comprehensive Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) code that covers detached and attached types.


    Project Schedule

    The project was initiated in July-August 2018 and is slated for completion in March 2019.

    Staff Contact

    Elliott Barnett
    (253) 591-5389