Thursday, July 17, 2008

Public Meeting on Downtown Plan Updates

Received this bulletin in my e-mail a few minutes ago. The City of Tacoma is working on revising the Downtown Element of their Comprehensive Plan. It hasn't been revised in nearly seven years, and is looking to integrate the changes that have occurred, as well as the Economic Development Plan developed with AngelouEconomics.

July 30, 2008 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tacoma City Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building, First Floor
747 Market Street

Comprehensive Plan - Downtown Element Update

Join the City of Tacoma for a review and discussion of a proposed update to the Downtown Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Potential revisions include the addition of guidance for the International Financial Services Area and enhanced policies relating to transportation, parking, land use, public realm and urban design.

What is the Downtown Element of the Comprehensive Plan?

The downtown element provides general goals and policies to guide growth and development in the downtown area. The downtown area is generally bounded by Division on the north, I-5 on the south, Yakima on the west and includes the Thea Foss Waterway and the Tacoma Dome area. The element outlines a vision for dense housing, good design, open spaces and connected transportation networks.

Why are we updating the Downtown Element?

The policies have not been changed since 2001. Downtown has changed considerably since then including new housing, the development of the convention center, museums, offices and the LINK light rail corridor. The City with the assistance of Angelou Economics recently completed an economic development strategy for the downtown which identifies actions to facilitate investment and create a diversified, sustainable economy. It is time to prepare for the next phase of downtown’s rebirth by incorporating the economic strategic actions and providing specific guidance to ensure continued vibrancy, enhanced livability, quality design, improved public spaces and greater transportation choices.

How do I get involved? Visit the Planning Division webpage for more information concerning Planning Commission meetings and draft documents at and click on “Downtown Plan Update.” Or contact Community and Economic Development staff: Peter Huffman (253) 591-5373 or Donna Stenger at (253) 591-5210

Looks potentially interesting. Many of the issues are close to a number of feed>>tacomans... improved public spaces and greater transportation options spring immediately to mind.

Official Event Flyer

1 comment:

freelance said...

sounds good! you going to go?