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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Zoning changes take effect Oct. 1 in four community plan areas

Zoning changes take effect Oct. 1 in four community plan areas

Pierce County adopted updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans and their implementing regulations in late 2020 (Ordinance 2020-102s and Ordinance 2021-49).

The effective date for regulatory changes is October 1, 2021. Changes to zoning may impact some development opportunities regarding housing types in the community plan areas, including:

  • Multifamily housing is allowed in the Town Center (TCTR) and Urban Corridor (UCOR) (includes attached single family, townhomes, residential care facilities and senior housing)
  • Residential construction will not be allowed in Employment Corridor (ECOR)
  • New construction of single family detached homes and duplex homes will not be allowed in Town Center (TCTR), Urban Corridor (UCOR), Employment Corridor (ECOR)
If you are planning a project within one of the community plan areas, please submit your applications no later than Sept. 24, 2021 to allow time to process the application and payment prior to the effective date. You will be vested for the existing zoning only at the time of payment, not application submittal.

Use our interactive map to explore how zoning changes may impact a property.

Attend our Lunch and Learn session

Two Lunch and Learn sessions are scheduled in September to address the upcoming code changes. Visit to learn more and register.

  • Sept. 21, 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Community Plan Updates / Centers and Corridors
  • Sept. 30, 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Flexible neighborhood design codes to support attainable housing and “missing middle”

For questions about zoning changes and allowed uses in the four community plan areas, please send a message to [email protected] or call (253) 798-2799.

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