Monday, April 14, 2008

Capping the CAPO

The City of Tacoma has received a 60-day extension from the Growth Management Hearings Board for the purpose of conducting a second public hearing before the Tacoma Planning Commission. Below is an updated schedule for completion of the CAPO update.

The Planning Commission has set a public hearing on April 16, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

April 2
Planning Commission - Authorize Public Distribution of Revised CAPO Regulations; Set Public Hearing date

April 16
Planning Commission Public Hearing

April 25
Planning Commission Public Comment Period Ends

May 7
Planning Commission discussion of testimony

May 21
Planning Commission Recommendation to City Council

June 3
City Council Study Session on draft CAPO regulations and Commission’s Recommendations

June 10
City Council Public Hearing on draft CAPO regulations

June 17
1st Reading of Ordinance

June 24
2nd Reading of Ordinance/Adoption

July 1
Deadline for City Council action

This process has been moving very quickly. The Chamber and numerous businesses had recommended an extension of the CAPO development period so that unintended consequences,, conflicts and duplicative regulations would not be imposed.

The community has made a lot of progress in crafting the revised CAPO, click on "Critical Areas Preservation Ordinance." However, there are still some outstanding issues and concerns and this extension will allow the City to hold an additional public comment period in which the City can listen and respond constructively to additional input.

Please feel free to contact staff Molly Harris at 253-591-5383 or Stephen Atkinson at 253-591-5531 if you have any questions or concerns.

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