City of Tacoma releases draft report on south downtown development plan

City of Tacoma officials announced Tuesday they have released the draft version of a report that aims to address future development of an area south of downtown Tacoma that covers approximately 600 acres and includes the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) campus, Museum District, Foss Waterway, Brewery District, Hillside District, and Dome District.

The draft version of the “South Downtown Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement” has been released for a formal 30-day public comment period. The documents are available online here. Comments will be accepted on the proposal until Fri., May 3. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the project manager, Ian Munce in the Planning and Development Services Department, via e-mail at, or mail at 747 Market St., Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Planning and Development Services Department staff will conduct a public hearing on Thurs., April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carwein Auditorium on the UW Tacoma campus, located at 1900 Commerce St., to receive comments and give interested parties an opportunity to learn more.

“As the second largest city in Puget Sound, Tacoma is the most important business center in the South Sound region, and the South Downtown Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will capitalize on Tacoma’s potential and plan for its future growth,” said Peter Huffman, who leads the City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services Department.