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Manitou Annexation Area

Upcoming Door-to-Door Census Happening in April

As part of the Manitou Area’s annexation to the City of Tacoma on April 1, 2024, the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) requires the City to conduct a door-to-door census in April to update the City’s official population. This census is important because it could impact how much money the City receives from federal, state, and other sources. These funds can impact the levels of service the City is able to provide to you as a new resident, business, or property owner in the City of Tacoma.


A City employee will visit your residence and ask questions to determine how many people reside in your home. Names are collected only to ensure residents are not double counted. You will not be asked questions other than those strictly necessary. The information will be written on a paper form. All forms will be sent to the Washington State OFM.


No information from the census will be retained by the City of Tacoma.



Manitou Area Annexation Goes into Effect April 1, 2024

On December 12, 2023, the Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance 28924 (and exhibits) which set an effective date for the annexation of the Manitou area from unincorporated Pierce County to the City of Tacoma on April 1, 2024. (Ratified and reconfirmed on January 16, 2024, through Ordinance 28945) 


What area is affected and what does this mean?

Manitou Potential Annexation AreaThe Manitou Annexation Area is a 37-acre unincorporated Pierce County area located on the southwest corner of the city, near Lakewood Drive W. and 66th Street W (see map). This small area is surrounded by the cities of Tacoma and University Place. As one of the unincorporated "islands" in Pierce County, annexation of the Manitou Area to the City of Tacoma is expected by the State Growth Management Act (GMA) and considered a high priority in regional, county and city planning policies.


The City of Tacoma and Pierce County finalized an agreement in late 2021 for the Manitou Area’s annexation to the City of Tacoma (see “Past Accomplishments (during 2021-2022)" below for links to the ILA/MOU agreement materials). On December 12, 2023, the Tacoma City Council set an annexation effective date of April 1, 2024. On that date residents, property owners, and businesses within the Manitou Area will be welcomed as part of the City of Tacoma!


Click the buttons below for important details regarding the transition and what it means for residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders in the Manitou Area.


Manitou Annexation Fact Sheet


Manitou Annexation Area Mailer


Manitou Annexation Frequently Asked Questions


Solid Waste Frequently Asked Questions





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Past Accomplishments (during 2021-2022)



In late 2021, Pierce County and the City of Tacoma entered into an Interlocal Agreement (ILA), which included a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as posted below. The ILA indicates that the County and the City are committed to making the annexation happen. The MOU is to ensure the transition of governmental services from the County to the City is carried out effectively when the annexation happens.   

Additional Materials 

Posted below for your information are some documents and materials associated with recent activities and efforts in the Manitou annexation during 2021-2022:


Past Accomplishments (during 2018-2019)


Initial Establishment of Zoning (September 2019)

On September 24, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28609 concerning the Proposed Zoning for the Manitou Area, as posted below (which was later modified by Ordinance No. 28821, adopted on June 28, 2022): 

Manitou Walk-About (April 2019)

Staff conducted a community meeting ("Manitou Walk-About") on April 26, 2019, to inform interested parties of the Planning Commission's review of the Manitou Proposed Zoning. The review had subsequently led to the City Council's adoption of Ordinance No. 28609. 

Initiation of Annexation Planning (September-October 2018)

The City Council adopted a resolution on October 30, 2018, corresponding to the resolution adopted by the Pierce County Council on September 4, 2018, to initiate the annexation planning process and the negotiation of an interlocal agreement, pursuant to RCW 35.13.470: 

Planning Commission Reviews (July 2018 - February 2019)

To formulate its recommendations on Manitou Area land use to the City Council, the Planning Commission conducted several reviews of the subject.  If you are interested in the Commission's thought process, please visit the Planning Commission webpage, and find the agenda packets for the following meetings: July 18, 2018, November 7, 2018, and February 6, 2019.  


Community Meetings (May and December 2018)

County and City staff conducted two early-stage, pre-annexation community meetings in 2018 to inform and engage the neighborhood and stakeholders.  Posted below are some relevant documents:


Relevant Materials


Staff Contact


Wesley Rhodes, Senior Planner, Email Wesley