City ponders development restrictions around JBLM airfield


The Tacoma Planning Commission is considering a proposed Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Airport Compatibility Overlay District in a portion of South Tacoma.

The proposed district corresponds with an approximately 200-acre area in South Tacoma located within JBLM’s Accident Potential Zone II and would modify zoning and development standards to prevent further development that would be incompatible with aircraft safety risks, as recommended by the U.S. Air Force and JBLM Joint Land Use Study.

In summary, the proposal would limit development of new and expansions of existing homes, businesses and institutions that would significantly increase the number of people living, working or gathering in the area. The proposal would also limit features that could negatively affect aircraft and limit loss of life if an accident were to occur. The intent is to increase public safety while avoiding undue impacts to residents, property owners, businesses and institutions.


• Attend the Community Information Meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St.;

• Visit for more information or contact the city at (253) 591-5845 or; or

• Provide oral testimony at the Nov. 7 public hearing  at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St.

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