On April 24, the Tacoma City Council will hold a public hearing on a draft subarea plan for the future of the Tacoma Mall neighborhood.

The neighborhood, located approximately 2.5 miles southwest of downtown Tacoma, has been designated a Regional Growth Center (RGC) by the City of Tacoma and the Puget Sound Regional Council. The designation means that the number of residents and jobs in the area are expected to increase significantly in the future.

The subarea plan calls for improvements such as adding green stormwater infrastructure, expanding current neighborhood boundaries by 90 acres, and making infrastructure and transportation improvements to help serve additional residents.

“The vision is for a compact, pedestrian-friendly, urban mixed-use neighborhood with a high quality of life,” the plan states. “This subarea plan is intended to initiate actions that catalyze further growth and investment, guide regional infrastructure investments per regional growth policy, and elevate this neighborhood’s role as a vibrant urban neighborhood and a gateway to Tacoma and the South Sound.”

Growth targets in the plan include adding 8,385 new jobs and 8,887 new people by 2040.

For more information, visit the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood’s website.