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South Downtown Subarea Action Items
At Tuesday’s study session, the Tacoma City Council received an update from Planning and Development Services on the progress of the South Downtown Subarea Plan and EIS.
If you’ve been following the conversation at all, you know that the subarea planning and EIS processes are intended to set the table for development in downtown Tacoma. Subarea planning is a requirement under Vision 2040, but if they get it right, it will also streamline permitting processes, paving the way for development as the economy gets back on track. The completed plan and EIS will also help the City with eligibility for federal, state, and regional transportation and other funding.
The process has produced a draft of the plan, taking into account public comment and stakeholder input. On Tuesday, the Council heard about some action items specific to the south downtown subarea.
- Align downtown planning to further Vision 2040 with a focus on Downtown Mixed-Use (DMU) zoning
- Approve the University of Washington Tacoma’s Campus Master Plan and add regulatory flexibility for the University of Washington Tacoma
- Advance a $40 million initiative to rebuild the Brewery District Streets to complete street standards
- Rebuild Puyallup Avenue as a catalyst for transit-oriented residential and mixed-use development
- Fully participate in the design of the new Amtrak Station
- Accelerate Sound Transit’s Freighthouse Square access improvements
- Creation of a “Quiet Zone” for trains in the Dome District
- Full funding for the Prairie Line Trail and Thea Foss Esplanade
- Increase the South Downtown area’s capacity to receive Transfer of Development Rights by restructuring the density bonus palette
- Add preservation of affordable housing to the list of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) sending sites
- Address affordable housing objectives recommended by the City’s Affordable Housing Planning Advisory Group and Puget Sound Regional Council
- Expand the market-based approach to off-street parking to all of South Downtown
- Allow flexibility in the application of South Downtown design standards
- Program utility and street upgrades to compliment private investment
We will probably see 15 or 16 new code amendments to go along with this plan, which will go before City Council for approval by year-end.
So these are the action items. What do you like? Anything missing?
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