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Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan

Project Updates

The Planning Commission has authorized staff to release the following documents for public review and is accepting public comments through 5 PM, Friday, September 15, 2017:

  • Public Review Draft Notice of Availability
  • Draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan
  • Draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan Appendices
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement Appendices
  • How to Comment

    Citizens are invited to the following meetings to learn more about and provide comments on the proposals:

    • Informational Meeting
      Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 5-7 PM
      Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
    • Public Hearing
      Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at approximately 5 PM
      Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
    • Submit written comments by September 15 via:
      Email at tacmallneighborhood@cityoftacoma.org
      U.S. mail to:
      Elliott Barnett, Associate Planner
      747 Market Street, Room 345
      Tacoma, WA 98402

    Additional Resources

    The City has set up a separate web page for this project that contains all background materials as well as additional photos, maps, and visual documents. This web page is being regularly updated with work products and upcoming meeting and public engagement opportunities. The project web page is: www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.



    The 485-acre Tacoma Mall Subarea is important to people who live, work and shop in the area, and also in multiple ways to the City of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region as a whole.  This effort seeks to develop and promote a vision for positive growth and change within the Subarea.  The project is being funded by a $250,000 National Estuaries Program Watershed Protection Grant. This effort will build upon the three subarea plans for Downtown Tacoma and will fulfill Tacoma’s obligation to plan for our designated Regional Centers.

    The Tacoma Mall Center is designated by the Puget Sound Regional Council as a Regional Growth Center and a focal point for future jobs/housing concentration.  To accommodate growth sustainably, the Tacoma Mall Center must function well on many levels. Infrastructure, services, transportation choices and neighborhood amenities must be adequate to support growth and make the area a desirable place to live, work and shop. At the outset, the City is aware of certain key issues:

    • The Center is located within two sensitive stormwater basins. The Flett Creek, an EPA Target Watershed which influences Chambers Creek, a salmon-bearing stream and the Thea Foss Waterway, a superfund site that has been remediated at a cost of $105 million dollars.
    • The area includes some congested intersections, gaps in/barriers to bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, the lack of some neighborhood amenities, and a relatively low income and transient residential population.

    The Subarea Plan and EIS will be a community forum to collaboratively develop a vision, goals and strategies to guide growth and development, identify environmental impacts up-front on an area-wide basis and target mitigation measures and other implementation steps.  The objectives for this Subarea Plan are to:

    • Develop a vision for the area;
    • Promote sustainable growth within the Tacoma Mall Regional Growth Center;
    • Set the stage for a transition from an auto-centric regional shopping area into a compact, complete community;
    • Promote development consistent with Vision 2040, the Puget Sound Action Agenda, and Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan; and
    • Leverage public and private partnerships and investments to stimulate large-scale population and employment growth within the Center.


    The overall project schedule is July 2015 through December 2017.  For up to date project schedules, information on public meetings and other milestone dates, visit www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.


    Staff Contacts

    Elliott Barnett


    (253) 591-5389


    Brian Boudet


    (253) 573-2389