Tonight’s Tacoma City Council meeting will include a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code — essentially the city’s guiding policies for development planning and land use priorities to manage future growth.
At today’s council study session, Donna Stenger of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department, provided members with a detailed presentation of the proposed changes. Among other items, they include adopting an “Urban Forest Policy Element” and a “Mobility Master Plan,” and meeting “Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Regulations.”
The urban forestry proposal would add a chapter to the Comp Plan that recognizes and promotes urban forestry programs for such benefits as clean air, water quality and other environmental and quality of life improvements.
The ultimate goal seeks to achieve “30 by 30″ — 30 percent tree canopy coverage in the city by 2030. (The latest data, from US Forest Service satellite photos taken in 2001, put the city’s canopy coverage at 12.9 percent, said Raime Pierce, the city’s uban forester). Stenger said that 30 by 30 is an ambitious goal — done intentionally so. It would require buy in and partnership from private property owners, she said.
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