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Planning meeting to discuss first steps in major developments to North Downtown – including Stadium District

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on June 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
June 21, 2013 2:56 pm

More people, bigger buildings, more pollution, transit, housing, commerce … whew!

If you live in, work in, own property in or care about Tacoma’s North Downtown area, then you might want to attend a public meeting that will discuss the impact of development there over the next few decades.

For planning purposes, North Downtown roughly runs from the Thea Foss Waterway to Yakima Avenue and from South 15th Street up through the Stadium District, to include Wright Park, the St., Helens District and Tacoma’s commercial core.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the main auditorium of Bates Technical College at 1101 S. Yakima Ave.

The purpose of this ‘public scoping process” is to ask citizens and organizations “for their concerns, comments and ideas.” Those unable to attend may may express themselves via mail to Ian Munce, special assistant to the director of the city’s Long Range Planning Division of the Planning and Development Services Department. Munce can be reached at the services department at 747 Market St., Room 345, Tacoma, Washington 98402. Munce can also be reached via email at imunce@cityoftacoma.org.

Specifically, the gathering is known as a “non-project EIS Scoping meeting,” with the proposed non-project involving “development of an innovative, area-wide subarea plan” that will become a part of the city’s comprehensive plan.

Organizers of the meeting hope that the data gathered will help “identify short and long term goals and objectives for this area and outline specific implementation strategies to achieve them.”

Preliminary growth targets for the area see 30,000 new jobs and and 30,000 new people moving to North Downtown by 2030. Matters to be discussed at the meeting concern the impact that growth could have on the environment and quality of life thereabouts.

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