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Manitou Potential Annexation Area

Annexation Process - Status

The Pierce county Council and the Tacoma City Council have officially initiated the negotiation process for the annexation of the Manitou area through an interlocal agreement.  

Community Meeting (December 20, 2018)

You are invited to attend the community meeting, which is a follow-up on the first one that was held on May 14, 2018.  At this meeting, you will receive an update of the pre-annexation planning efforts and an opportunity to ask questions and voice your thoughts about the proposed annexation.  


City Council Reviews (August-October 2018)

According to RCW 35.13.470, the annexation process applicable to the Manitou area is the method of Interlocal Annexation Agreement.  The process may be initiated by Pierce County or the City of Tacoma through the adoption of a resolution to commence negotiations of the interlocal agreement.

The City Council adopted a resolution on October 30, 2018 to initiate the annexation process and the negotiation of the interlocal agreement with Pierce County, as recommended by the Government Performance and Finance Committee (GPFC).  The resolution corresponded to a similar one adopted by the Pierce County Council on September 4, 2018.

Relevant documents are posted below: 

  • City Council Resolution No. 40150 (October 30, 2018)
  • Pierce County Council Resolution No. 2018-97 (September 4, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - PowerPoint (October 16, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - Agenda Packet (October 16, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - PowerPoint (August 21, 2018)
  • GPFC Review - Agenda Packet (August 21, 2018)  

    Planning Commission Review (July and November 2018)

    The Planning Commission reviewed the subject on July 18 and November 7, 2018.  At the November 7th meeting, the Commission concurred with staff's recommendation for the land use designations and zoning districts that would be applicable and effective in the Manitou area upon annexation (see the 2nd document posted below).

  • Planning Commission Agenda (November 7, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Review Packet on Manitou Annexation (November 7, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Agenda (July 18, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Review Packet on Manitou Annexation (July 18, 2018)
  • PowerPoint Presentation to the Planning Commission (July 18, 2018)
  • Planning Commission Meeting Recording (July 18, 2018)

    Community Meeting (May 14, 2018)

    County and City staff conducted a pre-annexation community meeting on May 14, 2018 at the Manitou Park Elementary School to inform and engage the neighborhood and stakeholders. 

  • Manitou Annexation Community Comments and Responses (updated August 28, 2018)  
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Presentation (May 14, 2018)
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Notice (April 27, 2018)
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  • About the Manitou Potential Annexation Area

    The Manitou Area is the 37-acre unincorporated Pierce County area located on the southwest corner of the City, near Lakewood Drive W. and 66th Street W. The area abuts the City of Tacoma on the east, south and west sides, and the City of University Place on the north side.  

  • Manitou Area Map 
  • Manitou Annexation Fact Sheet
  • About Annexation

    The Manitou Neighborhood is one of the unincorporated “islands” in Pierce County where future annexation to the respective abutting municipalities is expected by the State Growth Management Act (GMA) and considered a high priority in regional planning policies. This is also one of the City’s designated Urban Growth Areas (UGAs), effectively the Potential Annexation Areas (PAAs), as set forth in the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, pursuant to GMA. 


    A basic premise of the GMA is that denser urban development should be supported by urban services, such as roads, transit, sidewalks, water, sewer, parks, and libraries, and should be located in cities to ensure the most efficient provision of service.


    For more information about Annexation, UGAs, or PAAs, please review:

  • Annexations (City's web page)
  • Annexation Tip Sheet (by City of Tacoma)
  • Annexation Handbook (by Municipal Research and Services Center)
  • Staff Contact

    Lihuang Wung, Senior Planner

    (253) 591-5682