Buildable Lands Future Land use map implementation


  1. Data exercise to determine if growth is occurring as planned.
  2. Assess whether there is sufficient buildable area to accommodate projected growth.


  • Review Regional Planning Context
  • Review 2014 Pierce County Buildable Lands Report Findings
  • Review the City's MUC Capacity and Allocations
  • Recent Growth Trends
  • Considering Housing in the FLUM Project
  • Upcoming Meetings

Regional Context

VISION 2040: Multicounty Planning Policies


  • Tacoma designated a Metropolitan City in regional framework.
  • 127,000: 2040 Population Allocation
  • 97,000: 2040 Employment Allocation
  • 35%: Tacoma's planned share of Pierce County's countywide urban residential growth.

2014 Buildable Lands report

Pierce County Methodology and Report


  • Tacoma's 2030 housing need is 47,240 units (including an assumed 4000 displaced units).
  • 2014 Report concluded that Tacoma had sufficient capacity to meet housing need.
  • Pierce County has sufficient developable land to accommodate countywide growth allocations.
  • The areas with the two largest housing allocations and capacity in Pierce County: City of Tacoma and Unincorporated Pierce County.

Mixed-use Centers Analysis

Housing Type and Land Needs

  • Higher density development requires less land area.
  • The City does not have a land supply to meet housing targets with single family infill.
  • Multi-family and single-family development is not an either/or.

Mixed-use Center Land Inventory and Development Assumptions

Growth Allocations for Traffic Modeling and Service Provision


  • 88% of the City's housing capacity is located in a designated Center.
  • Downtown is the focal point of the growth strategy.
  • Land inventory is highly concentrated in the regional growth centers and then more broadly dispersed among the remaining Crossroads and Neighborhood Centers.
  • The City's individual Mixed-use Centers are comprised of significant areas that are unlikely to develop (parks, schools, hospitals).

REcent growth trends

Growth Rate and Growth Share


  • King County is accounting for disproportionate share of growth.
  • While Tacoma is seeing an uptick in growth, the City is still under-performing growth targets.
  • Tacoma's share of Countywide growth is increasing, but still fragile.
  • Pierce County continues to grow at a faster rate than Tacoma.

Housing Location and Type

  • New housing is predominantly multi-family, in close proximity to MUCs, but single family infill remains a significant portion of new residential building permits.
  • 48% of units between 2016-2017 were in a MUC, 85% were multifamily, 67% were within a MUC or 1/4 mile.

One Tacoma Plan Policies

Beyond Buildable Lands

  1. Diverse and Expanding Housing Supply
  2. Housing Access
  3. Housing Affordability
  4. Housing Location
  5. Health, Safety, Efficiency

Translating Policies and Zoning to a Neighborhood Scale

  • 62% of current zoning citywide is single family residential.
  • 75% of residentially zoned areas are single family residential.
  • 45% of the Future Land Use Map is planned for single family residential use (excludes some areas that are zoned for single family, but intended for parks, open space and recreation, institutional campus uses, or areas planned for rezone to other zoning districts).

Upcoming meetings

September 19: Review Methodology

  1. Criteria the Commission can use to develop the initial draft of the Zoning map.
  2. Measures the Commission can use to evaluate the impacts of the proposed Zoning map.

December: Review Draft Zoning Map

January: Neighborhood Workshops

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Stephen Atkinson

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