Give feedback on draft rules regarding correctional facilities Comments needed by Jan. 5

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The City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Proposed Correctional Facilities Permanent Regulations. The commission meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3, will be held in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor) and will begin at 5 p.m. with the public hearing beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The proposed regulations include amendments to various sections of the Tacoma Municipal Code, Title 13 – Land Use Regulatory Code, and would prohibit correctional facilities in multi-family and light industrial zoning districts; require a Conditional Use Permit, public notices of a 1,000-foot distance, and a pre-application community meeting in zones where they are allowed; and modify the definition of “correctional facility.”

The proposed permanent regulations are generally the same as the Correctional Facilities Interim Regulations that are currently in effect. The interim regulations were originally enacted by the City Council in March, and subsequently modified in May.  The Planning Commission is inviting public comments on the proposed permanent regulations that, subject to further changes, would be forwarded to the City Council for adoption before the 12-month interim regulations expire on March 6, 2018.

In addition to comments received at the public hearing, written comments are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5. Comments may be submitted to: Planning Commission, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402, via fax at (253) 591-5433, or via email to planning@cityoftacoma.org.

To review the proposed amendments, visit cityoftacoma.org\planning or contact project staff Ian Munce at imunce@cityoftacoma.org, or call (253) 573-2478.

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