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Tideflats Interim Regulations

Current Status

On May 5, 2020, the Tacoma City Council will conduct a public hearing on a proposed six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. The public hearing will be followed by First Reading of Ordinance on May 12 and Final Reading of Ordinance on May 19. The current Interim Ordinance is set to expire on June 2, 2020.  

 

Due to the ongoing and unprecedented COVID-19 emergency a remote access public hearing will take place to ensure the public’s health and safety. If the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order is terminated, an in-person public hearing will take place in the Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building in addition to the remote hearing. Please note that under this circumstance, only 10 people at a time will be permitted into Council Chambers. 

 

Written Comments

Written comments are highly encouraged and can be submitted to the City Clerk's Office via email at cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org or can be mailed to: City Clerk's Office, 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.

 

Participate in the Remote Public Hearing 

Please be aware that the link listed below is to join the regular City Council meeting and can be used to join future City Council meetings as well. Once the City Council meeting begins, interested parties will be provided further instructions on how to join the Q&A function to provide public testimony.

 

Each speaker will have two (2) minutes to provide testimony. Further limits on testimony may be in effect depending on the number of interested speakers. 

 

Please click this link to join the Zoom webinar at the start of the City Council meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89027150863

 

You can also call in via the telephone at (253) 215-8782 using the Webinar ID: 890 2715 0863.


Next Steps

Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider the ordinance to extend the Interim Regulations at First Reading on May 12 and Final Reading on May 19. These meetings may also be attended virtually via the link above.

 

How to Stay Informed

  • Visit the public notice website for the City Clerk’s Office at: www.cityoftacoma.org/notices;

  • Call the information message line at (253) 591-5383;

  • Sign up for the email notification list by using the listserv link in the right hand column of this web page. 

  • Contact Stephen Atkinson, Principal Planner, at satkinson@cityoftacoma.org

Background

Adopted on November 21, 2017, the Tideflats Interim Regulations, Amended Ordinance No. 28470, includes the following elements:

  • Category 1: Expanded public notification of heavy industrial use permits;

  • Category 2: Temporary prohibition of new non-industrial uses in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing and Industrial Center;

  • Category 3: Temporary prohibition of new residential development along Marine View Drive and NE Tacoma slopes; and

  • Category 4: Temporary prohibition on certain types of new heavy industrial uses.

Since the initial adoption of the Interim Regulations in 2017, the Council has taken the following actions to extend the ordinance:

  • November 13, 2018: Ordinance No. 28542 – 6-month Extension

  • May 21, 2019: Ordinance No. 28582 – 6-month Extension

  • November 12, 2019: Ordinance No. 28619 – 6-month Extension

 

 

Applicability Map

The following webmap was created for interested parties and potential permit applicant to identify if a property or potential development project is located in an area subject to the interim regulations. 

Interim Regulations Reauthorization - Current Process

 

Final Reading of Ordinance

On November 12, 2019, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 28619, extending the Tideflats Interim Regulations for an additional six-months, without modification. 

City Council Public Hearing


On October 1, 2019, the City Council conducted a public hearing on a proposed six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations.

 

 

Prior Extensions

Six-month Extension Approved Nov. 12, 2019

On November 12, 2019, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 28619, extending the Tideflats Interim Regulations for an additional six-months, without modification. 

Six-month Extension Approved May 21, 2019

 

On May 21, 2019, the City Council approved a six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. 

 

Six-month Extension Approved November 13, 2018

 

The six-month extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations was approved without modification on November 13, 2018. 

On October 30, 2018, the City Council conducted the First Reading of Ordinance No. 28542, which would extend the Interim Regulations for six-months. In addition, a Substitute Ordinance was introduced that would modify the Interim Regulations in the following way: 

The Ordinance was held over for Final Reading on November 13, 2018. The Substitute Ordinance was introduced but not voted on. The Substitute Ordinance will be considered at Final Reading. Public comment will be accepted on this agenda item. The proposed substitute is provided below: 

Substitute Ordinance 

 

Public Hearing

The City Council conducted a public hearing on October 23, 2018 on the proposed extension of the Tideflats Interim Regulations. More than 60 people testified at the hearing. 

Read the Weekly Report summarizing the public testimony. 
Watch the public hearing

Read the Public Hearing Notice.

 

Background Materials: 

About the Interim Regulations

On May 9, 2017, the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats. The Council also directed the Planning Commission to immediately begin the discussion on the need for interim regulations while the subarea planning process is underway.

 

For more information: 

Background Materials: 

About the Interim Regulations

On May 9, 2017, the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats. The Council also directed the Planning Commission to immediately begin the discussion on the need for interim regulations while the subarea planning process is underway.

 

For more information: 

Initial Adoption of the Interim Regulations

Initial City Council Adoption of the Interim Regulations

On November 21, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470. The Final Ordinance approved by Council includes several amendments to the Planning Commission's Recommendation. These are summarized below. 

 

Amended Ordinance No. 28470

Frequently Asked Questions

 

At First Reading of Ordinance on November 14, 2017, the Council approved four motions amending the proposed Interim Regulations. These amendments were included in the Final Ordinance and approved by Council on November 21: 

  1. The initial duration of the Interim Regulations was extended from six months to one year.
  2. Smelters were added to the list of uses restricted under the Interim Regulations.
  3. The uses subject to Interim Regulations were clarified as applying only to primary uses (business activities), and not to secondary uses (related support activities).
  4. Existing uses were removed from the scope of the interim regulations.

First Reading of Ordinance

On November 14, 2017, the City Council considered the following Ordinance and Exhibits as recommended by the City of Tacoma Planning Commission: 

Additional materials were provided to Council in preparation for First Reading, including: 

City Council Public Hearing - October 17, 2017 

On October 17, the City Council conducted a public hearing at the Pantages Theater on the Planning Commission's recommendation for the Tideflats Interim Regulations. Those wishing to provide written comments may submit them to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org or 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.  

Planning Commission Recommendation: 

Planning Commission Review

October 4, 2017
September 20, 2017
September 13, 2017 - Planning Commission Public Hearing

On August 16, the Planning Commission released draft Tideflats Interim Regulations for public review and comment and set a public hearing for September 13, 2017 at 6 PM at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Exhibition Hall A. Public comments were accepted through September 15, 2017 at 5 PM. 

Public Hearing Information

    Informational Meeting on September 6, 2017

    To learn more about the proposed interim regulations, there was an informational meeting on September 6 in City Council Chambers.  

     

    Staff Presentation 

     

    August 16,2017

    The Planning Commission reviewed the following draft materials

     

    August 16, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet

    Staff Presentation

    Written Comments

     

    August 2, 2017

    The Planning Commission began reviewing draft findings of fact and potential options for interim regulations. 

     

    August 2, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet 

    Staff Presentation

    Written Comments

     

    June 21, 2017

    The Planning Commission began their deliberations and determined that interim regulations may be warranted. 

     

    Planning Commission Agenda Packet

    Planning Commission Presentation

     

    For more information on the Planning Commission, including meeting times and locations, please visit the Planning Commission web page. 

     

    Planning Contact

    Stephen Atkinson
    Principal Planner
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