Tacoma City Council to discuss Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Regulatory Code amendments

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to be briefed on the planning commission’s recommendations for the 2012 annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code during its study session at noon on Tues., May 22.

Amendments are being proposed to the Housing, Transportation, and Environmental Policy elements of the  Comprehensive Plan, as well as to the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapters 13.04 (Platting and Subdivisions), 13.05 (Land Use Permit Procedures), 13.06 (Zoning), and 13.07 (Landmarks and Historic Special Review Districts).

The proposed amendments address such issues as affordable housing, mobility, reduced off-street parking requirements, drive-throughs, pre-existing conditional use, and nonconforming use and structure. These amendments are intended to fulfill State and regional planning requirements, streamline the Land Use Regulatory Code, and respond to the recommendations of various stakeholders, such as the Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Committee, and the Neighborhood Councils.

The Planning Commission’s findings and recommendations report, the complete text of the proposed amendments, and a summary of public comments received during the commission’s public hearing process are available on the planning division’s Web site at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Planning (click on “2012 Annual Amendment”). Tacoma City Council will conduct a public hearing on the issue on Tues., May 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of  the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street.

During study session Tuesday, councilmembers will also discuss the 2013-2014 biennial budget calendar and process overview.

City council will not take public comment during the study session Tuesday, which will be held in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. Audio from the session will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and on http://www.tvtacoma.com . On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting at http://www.tvtacoma.com .