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Our Mission

We conduct long-range, comprehensive planning activities pursuant to the State Growth Management Act and applicable federal, state, regional and local mandates.  We work together with the community, City Council, and Planning Commission to develop and update the Comprehensive Plan, along with neighborhood and subarea plans, and associated regulations and implementation strategies that guide the future development of the built and natural environment of Tacoma.


Posted below are some documents reflecting our recent community engagement efforts:

Planning Manager's Letter to the Community (January 30, 2019)  

2018-2019 Public Engagement Plan

2018-2020 Planning Work Program

Current Initiatives and Projects

Our goal is to guide community growth and development in a manner that protects environmental resources, enhances quality of life, promotes distinctive neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown, and involves citizens in the decisions that affect them.


Read more: Current Initiatives and Projects 


One Tacoma Plan

One Tacoma is the City's Comprehensive Plan--it guides our community's development over the long term and describes how our community's vision for the future is to be achieved. In short, it is a blueprint for the future character of our city.


Read more: One Tacoma: Comprehensive Plan 


Regional Growth Centers

The City's two designated Regional Growth Centers are Downtown Tacoma, including Hilltop and the Stadium District, and the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood.  The City has conducted extensive subarea plans for the Downtown and are currently undertaking a similar planning process for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood. 


Read more: Downtown Tacoma - Regional Growth Center 

Read more: Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan 


Mixed-Use Centers

The City's designated Mixed-Use Centers are expected to accommodate a significant share of the city's overall growth in a way that anchors compact, complete and connected neighborhoods throughout Tacoma.


Read more: Mixed-Use Centers 


Plan and Code Amendments

Any citizen, business owner, or other interested party may apply for amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan or Municipal Code. The application period for the 2020 Amendment will open January 1, 2019. Click the link below to learn more.


Read more: Plan and Code Amendments 


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a citizens group established by City Charter Section 3.8 to advise the City Council on a broad range of planning issues to ensure that all plans, goals, policies, and development regulations are promoting orderly and coordinated growth and development within the city.


Read more: Planning Commission


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Planning Services

747 Market St., Rm 345
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: (253) 591-5030
Fax: (253) 591-5433


Meet the Planning Team


Other Resources


Events Calendar 


Tacoma Permits 

Tacoma Municipal Code


Interactive Maps 


Zoning Reference Guide 


Recent and Completed Projects 




Regulatory Tools and Incentives