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Proposed College Park Historic District

Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed College Park Historic District on June 1, 2022

The Planning Commission will take public comment on the proposed College Park Historic Special Review District at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. To comment, attend the virtual Zoom meeting with the login information below, or send written comments to planning@cityoftacoma.org.  


Public Hearing Information 

When: June 1, 2022, 5:30 PM

Link: www.zoom.us/j/88403846060 

Or dial: 253-215-8782 (Meeting ID 884 0384 6060)


Public Information Session

When: May 26, 2022, 4 PM 

Link: www.zoom.us/j/84098918430

Or dial: 253-215-8782 (Meeting ID 840 9891 8430)


Planning Commission Public Review Documents

Notice of Public Hearing and Informational Session

Subject of Hearing: 

Environmental Review Document - Determination of Non-significance and Environmental Checklist


Reference Documents

The documents linked below are intended to provide general background on residential historic district requirements in Tacoma: 

TMC 13.05.040 (Historic Preservation Land Use Decisions)

Wedge Neighborhood/North Slope Historic District Design Guidelines (guidelines in currently in use for existing residential historic districts)



On May 3, 2021, the City received a written request and petition to create a new local historic overlay zone in the "College Park" neighborhood adjacent to the University of Puget Sound campus.  The area proposed for the historic overlay zone forms an inverted L shape, bordering the north and east edges of the UPS campus along N 18th and N Alder Streets respectively, with N 21st Street forming the northern boundary, Pine Street forming the eastern boundary, N 8th Street at the southernmost edge, and N Union forming the western edge (please see map below). 


The proposed area is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the College Park Historic District, which was designated by the National Park Service 2017. 


On February 9, 2022, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing to receive comment on the proposal. On April 13, 2022, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to forward a recommendation to establish the College Park Historic Special Review District to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission has scheduled this item for a public hearing on June 1, 2022.  The Planning Commission's review is anticipated to occur through July.


Proposed District Map