Monday, December 12, 2011

South Downtown Subarea Plan public meeting scheduled for Dec. 15

The City of Tacoma is preparing a South Downtown Subarea Plan to set a vision for growth and development in the south downtown area of Tacoma (south of South 15th Street). As part of the plan, the City, in partnership with the University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT), is preparing a non-project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate how implementation of the subarea plan might impact environmental and infrastructure resources in the area, as well as how those impacts might be mitigated.

One of the first steps in preparing an EIS is to conduct a scoping process to ask citizens and organizations for their concerns, comments and ideas. The City is hosting a public scoping period and a public scoping meeting on Dec. 15, 2011, to gather public comments on the issues and opportunities that should be the focus of the EIS. The public meeting is scheduled from 4 -7 p.m. at the Carwein Auditorium on the UWT campus located at 1900 Commerce St. in the Keystone Building, Room 102.

The public scoping comment period will last through Jan. 10, 2012. Comments are welcome at the public scoping meeting on Dec. 15, 2011, or anytime during the comment period through email at or by mail: Community and Economic Development Department, c/o Brian Boudet, 747 Market St., Room 1036, Tacoma, WA 98402.

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