Understanding the 2018 Annual Amendments – Part 1 – Introduction


The Tacoma Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the 2018 Annual Amendment, which includes proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5pm. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5pm 

To help our North End neighbors understand the process and details about these applications, NENC volunteers are working on a series of posts that will appear over the next several days. Click here to view a list of all posts.

You’ll see how the applications under consideration might impact or include parts of the North End, and others that relate to specific areas or the city as a whole. 

Keep an eye on the NENC website, Facebook, and Twitter for future posts – or sign up to receive updates from NENC via email.  

Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can dive into all the details on the city’s website at cityoftacoma.org/2018Amendments  

Planning Services Manager Brian Boudet explains: “A Plan or Code Amendment is the process through which the City considers changes, additions, and updates to the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, and Land Use Regulatory Code. Periodic review and evaluation are
important in order to ensure that the One Tacoma Plan and the implementing regulations maintain their effectiveness. The intent of the amendment process is to review all of these changes simultaneously, where appropriate, so that the cumulative effects can be considered.”

Applications under consideration in the 2018 Annual Amendments:

  • Open Space Corridors Project  (more details coming in Post #2)
  • Commercial Property View Sensitive District Height Measurement (to be covered in post #3)
  • Car Wash Uses in Neighborhood Centers (to be covered in post #4) 
  • Transportation Master Plan (Limited Amendment) (to be covered in post #5) 
  • Outdoor Tire Storage (post #6),  
  • South 80th Street Rezone (post #6),  
  • Tacoma Municipal Code Cleanups (post #6).  

Public Hearing Details:  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018  
Tacoma Municipal Building, Council Chambers  
747 Market Street – 1st Floor  
Meeting begins at 5pm with the public hearing beginning at approximately 5:30pm 

In addition to comments at the public hearing, written comments are accepted until 5pm on Friday, April 6, 2018. Comments may be submitted to: Planning Commission, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402, via fax at (253) 591-5433, or via email to planning@cityoftacoma.org.  
Prior to the public hearing, planning staff held informational sessions for residents to learn more about the proposed amendments. If you missed those sessions, you can find all the presentations and handouts available online 

For more information and to review the proposed amendments, visit cityoftacoma.org/2018Amendments, or contact Senior Planner Stephen Atkinson at satkinson@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5531


What happened to NENC’s proposal?

In 2017 the NENC board submitted an application to the City of Tacoma requesting formal design review for buildings in Mixed Use Centers (view the application here). NENC’s application is not part of the 2018 Amendments process. Planning staff wrote NENC to explain:

Design Review is an already approved program. It is not part of the annual amendment cycle, but it is part of the work plan for this year. You will see movement on that issue in the way of Council Committee meetings, Planning Commission, and community outreach as soon as we kick off. We will keep you apprised and notify you once we have specific dates in place.

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