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Manitou Potential Annexation Area

Status of Manitou Annexation - Two Tracks (since March 2019)


Track #1 - Interlocal Agreement: The City and the County are to negotiate an interlocal agreement for the annexation of the Manitou area.  Upon completion of the negotiation and approval of the agreement by County and City councils, the City will consider an ordinance setting an annexation effective date, which is to be determined but likely in early 2020.  

 

Track #2 - Proposed Zoning: The City is establishing proposed land use designations and zoning classifications ("Proposed Zoning") for the Manitou area to be effective if and when the annexation occurs.  The Proposed Zoning has been processed as one of the applications for the 2019 Annual Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code ("2019 Amendment"). 

 

Latest News on Track #2

The City Council has adopted Ordinance No. 28609 concerning the Proposed Zoning for the Manitou area as part of the 2019 Amendment package on September 24, 2019, as recommended by the Planning Commission.  The ordinance is posted below:

  • Ordinance 28609 Manitou Potential Annexation Area (September 24, 2019)
  • With the adopted zoning scheme, once the Manitou area's annexation to the City becomes effective, all the existing commercial parcels will be zoned C-1 (General Neighborhood Commercial), all the multi-family parcels and the mobile homes will be zoned R4-L (Low-Density Multi-Family Dwelling), and all the single-family parcels will be zoned R-3 (Two-Family Dwelling), and all with the overlay of South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD).  

     

    Track #2 - City Council and Planning Commission Reviews

    Posted below for documentation purposes, in reverse chronological order, are the Council's and the Commission's review process up to this point:

     

    City Council Public Hearing (August 20, 2019)

    The City Council conducted a public hearing on August 20, 2019, concerning the 2019 Amendment (including the Manitou Proposed Zoning) as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Planning staff conducted an informational meeting 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.

  • Notice of City Council Public Hearing (August 20) and Informational Meeting (August 15)
  • Planning Commission Recommendations (June 19, 2019)

    The Planning Commission made its recommendations on the 2019 Amendment on June 19, 2019, based on comments received at the public hearings on May 1 and May 15 and based on the post-hearing debriefings on May 29, June 5 and June 19.  The issue of Manitou Proposed Zoning was debriefed on May 29 and June 19.  Posted below are the complete "book" of the Commission's recommendations, Section II-5 of the book pertaining to the Manitou Proposed Zoning, and packets of information relating to Manitou Proposed Zoning reviewed by the Commission on May 29 and June 19:

    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 Manitou Proposed Zoning 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:

     

    City Council Reviews - Early Stage (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)
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    Planning Commission Reviews - Early Stage (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)  
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    Community Meetings - Early Stage (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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    Background - 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 
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    Background - 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

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