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Future Land Use Implementation

About the Project

The intent of the Future Land Use Map Implementation Project is to implement the goals and policies of the One Tacoma Plan through appropriate area-wide rezones consistent with the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and Land Use Designations (LUD). The project will also support the development of compact, complete and connected neighborhoods with a variety of housing choices in close proximity to schools, employment, parks, transit, and other amenities.


Current Status - PUBLIC HEARING

WHEN: A Planning Commission Public Hearing on the proposed rezones has been scheduled for May 1, 2019 at 6 PM


WHERE: Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, 1st floor.


INFORMATIONAL MEETING: The Public Hearing will be preceded by an Informational Meeting from 5-6 PM at the same location. 


COMMENT DEADLINE: Please provide comments on the draft proposals by May 17, 2019 at 5 PM. 


HOW TO PROVIDE COMMENTS: email planning@cityoftacoma.org or mail your comments to Planning Commission, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402

Public Review Materials:

  • FLUM Storymap:  This webmap enables an interactive display of the proposed rezones and land use designation amendments. There are eight tabs across the top of the screen that provide information on the proposals. 
  1. Introduction: Identifies parcels under consideration of this zoning review. 
  2. Split Zone Corrections: These are proposed revisions to address parcels with multiple zoning districts. 
  3. View Sensitive Areas: These are areas that are proposed for Multi-family High Density, but which also have a View Sensitive Overlay District. 
  4. Multi-family Low Density Areas: These are areas proposed for rezone to either R-3 or R-4L. 
  5. Multi-family High Density Areas: These are areas proposed for rezone to R-4. 
  6. Area Profiles: These maps provide some additional context for specific zoning proposals. 
  7. FLUM Amendments: These are areas where, generally, the Future Land Use Map in the Comprehensive Plan is proposed for revision for consistency with current zoning. 
  8. Preliminary Zoning: This provides a full exhibit of all the areas proposed for areawide rezone. 

Public Comment Webmap

Provide comments and see what other community members have to say about the potential rezones at Future Land Use Implementation Map.


*NOTE: This map includes the identification of commercial areas that will be further evaluated as part of the 2020 amendment process. Only the residential areas identified on this map are proceeding for consideration as part of this year's amendment cycle. 


Expected completion: July/August 2019. 


Recent News and Project Updates

Area Profiles

The Planning Commission will be considering preliminary zoning proposals for public review and comment. In support of these discussions, staff has compiled the following area profiles to highlight areas with a concentration of potential rezones. Areas not included in this area profile may also be reviewed on the FLUM Interactive Preliminary Zoning Storymap


Planning Commission (PC) Presentations

September 5, 2018


PC Agenda Packet: FLUM and Buildable Lands


September 19, 2018


PC Agenda Packet: Options Analysis 


December 19, 2018


PC Agenda Packet: Options for Transitional Zoning Districts


Phased Approach

On June 7, 2018, the Planning Commission finalized the 2018-2020 Work Program. Due to the volume of work and staffing resources, the FLUM implementation project was restructured to include a phased review. The first phase, scheduled to be completed in June of 2019, will focus on the residential land use designations. The second phase, scheduled to be completed in June of 2020, will address the commercial and industrial land use designations. View the final work program. 

Project Background

The FLUM, Figure 2 of the One Tacoma Plan, illustrates the City’s intended future land use pattern through the geographic distribution of residential and commercial areas, mixed-use and manufacturing/industrial centers, as well as shoreline and single-family detached areas. This land use distribution was a result of the study of the urban form policies, existing land use and zoning, development trends, anticipated land use needs and desirable growth and development goals. Various types of zoning and land use may be permitted within each of the designations. The map is to be used in conjunction with the adopted policies of the Comprehensive Plan for any land use decision.


The FLUM provides a basis for applying zoning districts and for making land use decisions. Policies should be considered and interpreted in accordance with the geographic characteristics of the mapped areas. Table 3 below depicts the relationship between the land use designations and zoning classifications.


View the Land Use Designation Descriptions and Related Zoning (PDF) table.

Public Comments

Open Houses - Public Comment Submitted

The following document includes the comments submitted as of March 8, 2019, which includes the Districts 1, 4 and 5 Open Houses. The document will be updated to include comments from the Districts 2 and 3 Open Houses once they have concluded. 


Public Comments - Open Houses (Updated March 15, 2019) 


Scoping Phase – Public Comments Submitted

Comments will be added to the front of the following document as they are received.


Public Comments - Scoping Phase (updated April 21, 2017)



Future Land Use Map


Future land use map image


Staff Contact

Stephen Atkinson

Principal Planner

(253) 591-5531