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Major master-planning effort for 600 acres of downtown Tacoma is ready for your review

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on March 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
March 27, 2013 2:42 pm

A master-planning process that began in the fall of 2011 has produced a deep look at downtown Tacoma’s Brewery and Dome districts, full of ideas for the way it should develop during the next several decades to accommodate major population growth.

Tacoma's South Downtown is home to several museums, including the newest: LeMay, America's Car Museum. Photo by Peter Haley, staff photographer
Tacoma’s South Downtown is home to several museums, including the newest: LeMay, America’s Car Museum. Photo by Peter Haley, staff photographer

It’s your turn to comment.

It’s important that you do. Part of the plan includes an area-wide environmental impact statement, which, if ultimately approved, will allow commercial real estate developers to skip individual environmental review on their project. The idea is to encourage development by helping investors save money while still ensuring the development fits in with the area’s long-term growth goals.

The area is big: 600 acres of downtown Tacoma, including the University of Washington Tacoma campus, the Museum District and the Foss Waterway. The projected growth is huge: 100,000 more people in Tacoma alone by 2040.

The documents available for comment are still in draft form, and the public comment period ends May 3. Go to www.cityoftacoma.org/southdowntownplan for the Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Send your comments via email to the project manager, Ian Munce, at imunce@cityoftacoma.org or by mail at 747 Market St. Room 345, Tacoma, Wash., 98402.

A public hearing will be on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carwein Auditorium on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, 1900 Commerce St. Comments also will be received at this time.

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