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Plan and Code Amendments

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Permitting Level of Service and Public Notice Code Amendment 

On May 1, 2024, the Planning Commission reviewed draft code changes in response to mandates from the State of Washington regarding land use permit level of service and public notice. Staff provide a detailed overview of the State levels of service requirements and proposed code changes to meet these requirements. The Planning Commission authorized the release of the staff analysis report and draft code changes for public review and set a public hearing set for June 5, 2024.

Planning Commission Public Hearing - June 5, 2024 at 5:30 PM
In Person: 747 Market Street, Room 243, Tacoma, WA 98402

Link to Join on Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/84416624153

Or dial to Join: 253-215-8782

 Webinar ID 844 1662 4153


Written comments may be submitted by:
Email – planning@cityoftacoma.org
Mail – Planning, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402


The Deadline for Written Comment is June 7, 2024 at 5 PM



Recently Completed Annual Amendments


1.  2023 Amendment - Process Completed in August 2023

The City Council adopted the 2023 Amendment package on August 15, 2023, based largely on (and with some modifications to) the Planning Commission's recommendations.  For more information, please visit 2023 Amendment.


2.  2022 Amendment - Process Completed in June 2022

The City Council adopted the 2022 Amendment package on June 28, 2022, based largely on (and with some modifications to) the Planning Commission's recommendations.  For more information, please visit 2022 Amendment.


3.  2020 Amendment - Process Completed in December 2020 

The City Council adopted the 2020 Amendment package on December 8, 2020, based largely on (and with some modifications to) the Planning Commission's recommendations. For more information, please visit 2020 Amendment


What is a Plan or Code Amendment?

A Plan or Code Amendment is the process through which the City considers changes, additions, and updates to the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, and Land Use Regulatory Code. Periodic review and evaluation are important in order to ensure that the One Tacoma Plan and the implementing regulations maintain their effectiveness.  The intent of the amendment process is to review all of these changes simultaneously, where appropriate, so that the cumulative effects can be considered.


The City is currently utilizing a two-year cycle for Comprehensive Plan amendments, with City-initiated amendments generally processed in odd-year adoption cycles and private-initiated amendments processed in even-year (e.g., 2022 Amendment) adoption cycles.


The current consideration for accepting private applications for the 2023 Amendment (instead of 2024 Amendment) is, however, an exception.


Code amendments or area-wide rezone applications that do not require a Plan change may be applied for and processed at any time, depending on staffing resources and Planning Commission capacity.


Useful Links

2019 Amendments 

2020 Amendment

2022 Amendment 

2023 Amendment



Staff Contact

Stephen Atkinson

Principal Planner

(253) 905-4145