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Tideflats Subarea Plan

A Note about COVID-19 

Due to COVID-19 related impacts, a number of employees are in furlough or temporary layoff status. For help reaching a specific City employee, dial 311 from within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else. However, if you have specific questions about during this period, please reach out to the Tideflats Project Manager, Stephen Atkinson, at satkinson@cityoftacoma.org


About the Plan

Subarea planning allows for the establishment of a shared, long-term vision, and a more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in a focused area. Completion of a subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing/Industrial Center.


Public Scoping Map

  • Tideflats Public Scoping Map: Use this map and the comment feature to identify specific areas/issues/or suggestions for consideration in the scope of work for the Tideflats Plan.

Upcoming Meetings 

  • Steering Committee: As a follow-up to the July 9 Steering Committee meeting, the intergovernmental Staff Leadership Team has provided the following briefing memo in lieu of a meeting on August 13, 2020. The memo is in response to the Steering Committee's request to explore options to expedite the review and replacement of the Tideflats Interim Regulations.

Staff Briefing Memo (July 31, 2020)

Milestone Status

  1. Consultant Selection: BERK Consulting has been approved as the primary consultant for the Tideflats Subarea Plan. 
  2. Public Engagement Plan: The Public Engagement Plan was approved on July 9, 2020 by the Tideflats Steering Committee.  

Tideflats Steering Committee


The Tideflats Steering Committee consists of two elected leaders from each of the participating governments as outlined in the Intergovernmental Agreement.  The governments that are members of the Steering Committee include the City of Tacoma, the City of Fife, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Port of Tacoma, and Pierce County.  The Tideflats subarea planning process will include regular consultation and information sharing with the Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee will be responsible for developing an initial draft Subarea Plan for consideration by the Tacoma Planning Commission and the City Council.

The Steering Committee is comprised of the following membership:

  • Victoria Woodards, Mayor, City of Tacoma
  • Lillian Hunter, Council Member, City of Tacoma
  • Bill Sterud, Vice-Chair, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
  • Annette Bryan, Council Member, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
  • John McCarthy, Commission President, Port of Tacoma
  • Don Meyer, Commissioner, Port of Tacoma
  • Bruce Dammeier, County Executive, Pierce County
  • Doug Richardson, Council Chair, Pierce County
  • Kim Roscoe, Mayor, City of Fife
  • Lisa McClellan, Council Member, City of Fife

 Meetings and Agendas 


Meeting Date Agenda Packet Recording Presentations

June 20, 2019

Agenda Packet
Audio June 20, 2019 Handouts
November 7, 2019  Agenda Packet

Nov. 7, 2019

PPT Presentation
May 14, 2020

July 9, 2020 Agenda Packet
PPT Presentation 
August 13, 2020 tentative


Tideflats Advisory Group


The Tideflats Advisory Group (TAG) will act as a "sounding board" for policy discussions, providing support to the Steering Committee and City of Tacoma during their respective parts of the process.  In addition to its role as a sounding board, the TAG members will serve as liaisons to the broader stakeholder groups they represent.


The TAG is intended to reflect a broad and diverse representation of interests and perspectives on the future development of the Tideflats area. The composition of the TAG was agreed to by the Steering Committee in the Work Plan. 


TAG meetings will be open to the public. 


Tideflats Advisory Group Membership

Meetings and Agendas


Meeting Date  Agenda Packet  Meeting Summary  Presentations
February 20, 2020 Agenda Packet 



 Presentation 2.20.2020
March 12, 2020  CANCELLED    


Recent News and Project Updates

Steering Committee meeting May 14, 2020 

The Tideflats Steering Committee met to discuss project impacts resulting from COVID-19. 


Planning Commission meeting March 4, 2020

The Planning Commission provided input on engagement goals and strategies on March 4, 2020.  


Tideflats Advisory Group meeting February 20, 2020

The Tideflats Advisory Group met on February 20, 2020 to begin discussions to develop a public engagement plan for the Tideflats process. 


Steering Committee meeting Nov. 7, 2019

The Steering Committee met to review and recommend a consultant for the Tideflats Subarea Plan. The recommendation is provided to the Tacoma City Council.


February 8, 2019

The Tideflats Subarea Plan Steering Committee approved the following Work Plan and supporting documents: 

September 25, 2018

On September 25, 2018, the City Council adopted a resolution approving the City of Tacoma to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement concerning cost sharing for the Tideflats Subarea Plan. The resolution also directed the City Manager to work with the indicated partners to develop a mutually satisfactory subarea planning and approval process no later than 60 days after the agreement is signed by all indicated parties. 


Read Resolution No. 40113


November 21, 2017:

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470 Tideflats Interim Regulations for an initial one-year period. To learn more, visit the Interim Regulations web page.


May 9, 2017:

The Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port of Tacoma/Tideflats.


Tideflats MIC

Tideflats MIC


Planning Contact

Stephen Atkinson
Principal Planner


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Work Plan Documents