The cities of Tacoma and Fife, Pierce County, the Port of Tacoma, and the Puyallup Tribe have agreed to a process to establish a subarea plan for the Tacoma Tideflats.

A budget of $1.2 million has been set for developing and completing the Tideflats Subarea Plan. The plan will include supporting analyses and an associated programmatic environmental impact statement, within about two years from when a project consultant is selected and begins working.

“I am proud that we have come together to look at the future of the Tacoma Tideflats, and that we now have a clear framework for cooperation and information sharing,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a statement. “This is a historic effort, and possibly the largest ever collaborative, intergovernmental planning effort in Pierce County’s history.”

The City of Tacoma serves as the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) lead agency. The project also reportedly recognizes the current obligations under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, SEPA, and the Tacoma Municipal Code.

An intergovernmental agreement between the various jurisdictions will govern cost sharing for the planning process. The agreement also establishes overarching themes for the project, which include:

  • Economic prosperity for all
  • Environmental remediation and protection
  • A transportation and capital facilities plan
  • Public participation and outreach

“When completed, the subarea plan will define a long-term community-informed vision for the Tacoma Tideflats, which will include a more coordinated approach between the City of Tacoma and its partners to development, environmental review and protection, as well as strategic capital investments,” a news release on the agreement states.

More information about the Tideflats Subarea Plan development process are available at the City of Tacoma’s website. More information will be posted to the website as it becomes available, including opportunities for community engagement.