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Latest News - Manitou Annexation as part of 2019 Amendment

Since March 2019, the "Proposed Zoning" track of the Manitou Annexation project has been part of the 2019 Amendment process (scroll further down to see the description of the "Two Tracks").  Three groups of events have been happening, as listed below in reverse chronological order:


3. City Council Public Hearing

The City Council conducted a public hearing on August 20, 2019, concerning the 2019 Amendment as recommended by the Planning Commission, including the issue relating to the Manitou Proposed Zoning.  There was an Informational Meeting conducted by staff on August 15 to provide an opportunity for interested citizens to learn more about the subject of the hearing and be prepared to provide comments.  Posted below for documentation purposes is the notice for the public hearing and the informational meeting:

  • Notice of City Council Public Hearing (August 20) and Informational Meeting (August 15)
  • 2. Planning Commission Recommendations

    After the public hearings for the 2019 Amendment on May 1 and May 15, the Planning Commission conducted three post-hearing reviews on May 29, June 5 and June 19, 2019.  The issue of Manitou Proposed Zoning was reviewed on May 29.  The Commission made a final recommendation on the 2019 Amendment to the City Council on June 19, 2019.


    The Commission's recommendations have been compiled into a "book" that includes a letter of recommendation, a findings of fact and recommendations report, and six exhibits corresponding to the six applications of the 2019 Amendment.  The Manitou Proposed Zoning is in "Exhibit Packet 5."


    Posted below is the complete "book" of recommendations.  Also posted for your convenient review is the section of Exhibit Packet 5.  Also posted for documentation purposes is the portion of the Planning Commission's agenda packet for the meeting of May 29, 2019. relating to the Manitou Proposed Zoning issue.

    1. Planning Commission Public Hearings and Manitou Walk-About

    The Planning Commission conducted two public hearings on May 1 and May 15, 2019, concerning the six subjects of the 2019 Amendment.  The proposed Zoning Schemes for the Manitou Area was one of the subjects and was addressed at Public Hearing No. 2 on May 15.  Staff conducted a Manitou Area Walk-about on April 26 to prepare interested citizens for the public hearing.  Posted below for documentation purposes are relevant materials:

    Status of Manitou Annexation - Two Tracks

    As of March 2019, planning for the Manitou annexation is proceeding on two tracks: (1) Interlocal Agreement, and (2) Proposed Zoning.


    About the first track, the City is getting ready to negotiate the interlocal annexation agreement with Pierce County.  Upon completion of the negotiation and approval of the agreement by County and City councils, the City will consider an ordinance to set the effective date for the annexation.  The effective date is to be determined, but is likely to be in late 2019 or early 2020.  


    The second track pertains to the proposed land use designations and zoning classifications ("Proposed Zoning") to be applied to the Manitou area if and when the annexation becomes effective.  This track of work is processed as one of the applications for the 2019 Annual Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code ("2019 Amendment").  There are two options of the Proposed Zoning.  At its meeting on February 6, 2019, the Planning Commission released both options for public review, in preparation for the public hearings for the 2019 Amendment



    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 2018 - February 2019)

    The Planning Commission (PC) reviewed the subject on July 18, 2018, November 7, 2018, and February 6, 2019.  At the February 6th meeting, the Commission established two options of the proposed land use designations and zoning classifications ("Proposed Zoning") to be applied to the Manitou area if and when the annexation becomes effective, and released both options for public review and comment during the 2019 Amendment process.

  • Letter to Community about PC Meeting of Feb. 6, 2019 (January 31, 2019)  
  • PC Agenda (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (February 6, 2019)
  • PC Agenda (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (November 7, 2018)
  • PC Agenda (July 18, 2018)
  • PC Review Packet - Manitou Annexation (July 18, 2018)
  • PC Presentation - Manitou Annexation (July 18, 2018)  

    Community Meetings (May 14 and December 10, 2018)

    County and City staff conducted two pre-annexation community meetings in 2018. to inform and engage the neighborhood and stakeholders.  Posted below are some relevant documents:

  • Manitou Annexation Community Comments and Responses (updated January 31, 2019) 
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Presentation (December 10, 2018)
  • Manitou Annexation Community Meeting - Notice (December 10, 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