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Get Involved and Learn More at Upcoming Public Hearing and Open Houses on the 2020 Amendment  


Upcoming Events

Public Hearing - October 7, 2020 (2020 Amendment - All cases)

Open House - September 28, 2020 (the Heidelberg-Davis case)

Open House - September 30, 2020 (the View Sensitive District case)


The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on October 7, 2020, to receive public comments on the Proposed 2020 Annual Amendment to the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code ("2020 Amendment").  Planning staff will conduct two open houses on September 28 and 30 for interested citizens and stakeholders to learn more about the proposal package.


Here are relevant documents for your review:

  • Public Review Document - 2020 Amendment (This document compiles the complete text, staff analyses, supplemental information, and environmental review associated with the 3 applications)
  • Notice of Public Hearing and Open Houses
  • Here are the Zoom links to the virtual open houses and public hearing:


    1. Open House: Heidelberg-Davis Land Use Designation:

    2. Open House: View Sensitive Overlay District Height Limit:

    3. Planning Commission Meeting & Public Hearing:

    • Time: Wednesday, October 7 (meeting starting at 5 PM; public hearing starting at 5:30 PM)
    • Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82749150939 
    • Dial-in: +1 253 215 8782
    • Webinar ID: 827 4915 0939

    Here are how you can provide comments to the proposal package (including the preliminary Determination of Environmental Nonsignificance):

    • Testify at the public hearing on October 7; and/or
    • Submit written comments via email to planning@cityoftacoma.org by Friday, October 9, 5 PM

    Technical Analysis (Completed)

    The Planning Commission and staff conducted technical analyses of various applications of the 2020 Amendment from late 2019 through August 2020.  On September 2, 2020, the Commission released the package for public review and set October 7, 2020 as the date for a public hearing.  The package included the following three applications:

    • Heidelberg-Davis Site - Land Use Designation Change (see description below)
    • View Sensitive Overlay District - Height Limit Change (see description below; the scope had been expanded to include all VSDs)
    • Minor Plan and Code Amendments (see description below; the original Application #3 Transportation Master Plan Amendments had been incorporated into this one)  

    Assessment (Completed)

    The Planning Commission completed the Assessment phase for the four applications in July 2019 in accordance with the Tacoma Municipal Code 13.02.045 and moved the applications forward for technical analysis.  The Assessment phase included three major steps, as listed below in reverse chronological order.


    Determination (Made on July 17, 2019)

    Public Scoping Hearing (Conducted on June 19, 2019)

    Three public hearing notices were disseminated, one general notice that covered all applications and two project-specific notices, as posted below:

    Initial Review of Applications (Conducted on May 29, 2019)   


    Application #1 - Heidelberg-Davis Land Use Designation

    The applicant, Metro Parks Tacoma, seeks to re-designate the subject site near Cheney Stadium from the Parks and Open Space designation to Major Institutional Campus.  The designation would allow for major campus complexes such as office, educational and healthcare facilities.

  • Heidelberg-Davis - PC Review Packet (February 19, 2020)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - PC Review Packet Cover Memo (July 17, 2019)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - Attachment 1 - Heidelberg-Davis (July 17, 2019)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment of Application - Heidelberg-Davis 
  • Application #2 - West Slope View Sensitive Overlay District

    The applicant, the West Slope Neighborhood Coalition, seeks to amend the existing View Sensitive Overlay District (VSD) code requirements as it pertains to the Narrowmoor Additions, which is an approximately 349-lot subdivision within the West Slope area of Tacoma.  The proposal would decrease allowed building height from 25 feet to 20 feet in the VSD within the subject area only.

  • VSD - Community Meeting Presentation (2-20-20)  
  • VSD - Community Meeting Notice (2-20-20)  
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - PC Review Packet Cover Memo (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - Attachment 2 - Narrowmoor VSD (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment of Application - West Slope 
  • Application #3 - Transportation Master Plan Amendments

    Public Works Department seeks to amend the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which is the transportation element of the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, by updating policies, priority networks, project list, and performance measures; incorporating the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan; making changes to support multimodal level of service, impact fees, or Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries; and incorporating the Dome District Business Association’s request to strengthen pedestrian priorities in the Downtown Regional Growth Center.

  • TMP - PC Review Packet (12-4-19)
  • TMP - PC Presentation (12-4-19)  
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - PC Review Packet Cover Memo (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - Attachment 3 - TMP (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment of Application - TMP
  • Application #4 - Minor Plan and Code Amendments

    Planning and Development Services Department has compiled a list of minor, non-policy related revisions to the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan and the Tacoma Municipal Code, intended to keep information current, address inconsistencies, correct minor errors, increase clarity, and improve the efficiency of implementation of the Plan and administration of the Code.

  • Minor - PC Review Packet (2-5-20)
  • Minor - PC Presentation (2-5-20)  
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - PC Review Packet Cover Memo (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment - Attachment 4 - Minor Amendments (7-17-19)
  • 2020 Amendment Assessment of Application - Minor Amendments
  • Application Process Closed on April 1, 2019

    Application process for the 2020 Amendment was open between January 1 and April 1, 2019.  Posted below, for documentation purposes, are documents that were posted during the application submittal process: 

    Staff Contacts

    Stephen Atkinson

    (253) 591-5531



    Larry Harala

    (253) 318-5626



    Lihuang Wung

    (253) 591-5682