On January 31st at 5:30PM, the Tacoma City Council will hold a public hearing on new regulations governing large scale retail uses. These new regulations limit the size of developments and require those certain developments to hold a community meeting prior to submittal - something virtually unheard of.
While the Chamber appreciates the City's desire to engage the community on development issues, the new process created seems to be specifically designed to stymie potential projects regardless of their consistency with the underlying regulations. The process creates more hoops for retail developments to jump through than virtually any other type of development in Tacoma.
As long as Tacoma continues to target certain business or business sectors with additional taxes, regulations, or moratoriums, the City will have a hard time convincing the community that it is truly "open for business."