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Current Initiatives and Projects

The goal of the Planning Services Division 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.


Tideflats Interim Regulations

Tideflats Interim Regulations

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, requesting the Planning Commission to discuss the need for interim regulations.  The Commission recommended on October 4 that interim regulations be enacted.

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Tideflats MIC Map
Tideflats Subarea Plan

The City Council adopted Resolution No. 39723 on May 9, 2017, initiating a subarea planning process for the Port/Tideflats.      


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Urban Design

Urban Design Studio / Design Review Program 

The Urban Design Studio is a proposed long-term program with a focus on delivering urban design services to customers in the Planning and Development Services Department, other City departments, and through external public and private partnerships. The initial phase of the project will include extensive public engagement, development of design guidelines, administrative procedures for design review, and municipal code amendments. 


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Affordable Housing Action Strategy Planning Actions 

Tacoma’s Affordable Housing Action Strategy (AHAS) calls for a range of actions to address housing challenges. AHAS Objective 1 sets a citywide target to create 6,000 new affordable housing units in ten years. The Planning Commission and Planning and Development Services Department are evaluating and implementing multiple ongoing and upcoming initiatives to achieve this target, including AHAS Action 1.2 Inclusionary Zoning and AHAS Action 1.8 Diverse Housing Types.


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One Tacoma

2019 Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code

The 2019 Amendment is a process through which the City considers changes, additions, and updates to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code. The 2019 Amendment includes six (6) applications with a final work program established in June/July 2018. 


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Cushman Substation

Adams Substation

Cushman and Adams Substations             

The Cushman and Adams Substations were built in the mid-1920s to bring electricity from the Cushman Dam to Tacoma. They were placed on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places in June 2017. The City Council has requested General Government and Tacoma Public Utilities to work collaboratively and ensure broad community involvement and input regarding future redevelopment of the properties.


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JLUS Study

JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)  Implementation             

This project will evaluate the findings and recommendations of the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint-Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and evaluate strategies for addressing compatibility with the airport and its Accident Potential Zone (APZ).


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 Open Space and Stream (photo)

Open Space Corridors

The Parks and Open Space designation includes a variety of areas within the City, including active park and recreation areas, passive open spaces, critical areas, steep slopes, and other important habitat areas. This project will evaluate appropriate site development standards to protect the important functions of the City’s open space while continuing to accommodate reasonable use of private property.  

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 Infill Residential Design (illustration)

Residential Infill Pilot Program /

Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Regulations

The Infill Pilot Program is intended to promote innovative residential infill development types, while ensuring that such development demonstrates high quality building and site design that is responsive to and harmonious with neighborhood patterns and character.  The DADU Regulations is a code amendment project that addresses one of the infill housing types under the Pilot Program, i.e., DADUs, and is intended to allow DADUs as of right in single-family zoning districts.


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 Roadway Cross-section Design (illustration)  Public Facility Planning and Design