LEGAL NOTICE City of Tacoma Preliminary Determination of Environmental Nonsignificance

LEGAL NOTICE City of Tacoma Preliminary Determination of Environmental Nonsignificance Lead Agency: City of Tacoma Applicant: Tacoma Planning and Development Services Department Proposal: Billboard Regulations Location: City of Tacoma SEPA File Number: SEP201540000254986 The proposal would amend the Tacoma Municipal Code, by removing Section 13.06.521 M Billboards and subsections in 13.06.521 N pertaining to non-conforming billboard signs and amortization and adding new Section 13.06.523 Billboards. The signage use table in Section 13.06.522 will be modified to delete billboard signs. The new regulations create an exchange program in which new billboards would be allowed in certain areas in exchange for removing non-conforming billboards. The regulations will expand the areas where billboards would be allowed, reduce some development standards, incentivize removals from certain sensitive areas, and require removal or correction of all non-conforming billboards within 5 years. The complete text of the proposed amendments and the associated staff analysis reports are available for review at the Planning and Development Services Department at the below address and posted on the Planning Division's website at (under the link "Billboard Regulations"). The lead agency for this proposal has made a preliminary determination that this project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2) (c). This decision was made after review of an environmental checklist and other information on file with the lead agency. This information is available to the public upon request. This Preliminary Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) is issued under WAC 197-11340(2). Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2015. The Responsible Official will reconsider the DNS based on timely comments and may retain, modify, or, if significant adverse impacts are likely, withdraw the DNS. Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final on October 16, 2015. There is no administrative appeal for this determination. Appeals must be filed in conjunction with appeals of the adopted amendments to the Growth Management Hearings Board; appeals shall be taken in accordance with procedures and limitations set forth in RCW 43.21C.075 and WAC 242-02. In addition to Growth Management Hearings Board requirements, a copy of the appeal shall be filed with the Planning and Development Services Department, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, Washington 98402. Publication Date: Monday, October 7, 2015