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Tacoma Partners on Land Use Plan Strategies

Tacoma Partners on Land Use Plan Strategies
June 17, 2014

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Megan Marquett, Media and Communications, mmarquett@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5051

Tacoma Collaborates with Local Agencies and JBLM to Develop Land Use Compatibility Strategies

Tacoma and surrounding area residents are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday to participate in the discussion about the JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).

The meeting, which is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Baker Middle School (8001 South J Street, Tacoma) is open to the public and is an opportunity to weigh in on the region’s long-term land use plans.

The City of Tacoma is partnering with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and other communities in the South Puget Sound region with goals of supporting the military mission at JBLM, ensuring public health and safety throughout the region, and protecting the neighboring communities’ abilities to plan for development.

The JLUS project team is seeking public input from military and non-military members of the community about the project’s process and timeline; review issues that have already been identified as needing further study; and talk with the people directly involved in the study.

A special website for the JBLM JLUS has been created and is now live: jblm-jlus.com. As the project progresses, study summaries and preliminary findings will be posted on the website, as will notices for future public meetings and working group and oversight committee meetings. Individuals can sign up on the website to be notified by email when new information is posted. Computers available for community use may be found at public libraries throughout the region.

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, or SSMCP, is coordinating the JLUS for its partner communities and organizations in Pierce and Thurston Counties, with financial and technical assistance from the Department of Defense. The SSMCP’s mission is to foster effective communication, understanding, and mutual support around issues that transcend the specific interests of the military and civilian communities of the JBLM region.

For more information, contact Mary Huff, SSMCP Program Coordinator, City of Lakewood, (253) 983-7774.