Downtown Planned Action EIS

In 2017, City Council re-initiated work on the Downtown Planned Action Ordinance (PAO) that had been paused in 2012 (see below for the project background). In July of 2018, the Council adopted the Downtown PAO and related code amendments. Projects that qualify as a planned action can use the City’s completed environmental analysis under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and therefore, are not subject to any additional mitigation, noticing, or appeals under SEPA, except as provided in the PAO. The map below indicates the boundary of Downtown planned action area, within which eligible projects must be located.

Under SEPA, a planned action ordinance is a way to have environmental review of a specific geographic area completed prior to any permits being filed. Projects that qualify as a planned action may use a streamlined permitting process. A project being designated a planned action is voluntary and can provide predictability and time-savings for projects, because planned actions do not require additional processing under SEPA. This reduces time and costs for projects looking to locate in the area.

The adopted Comprehensive Plan, FEIS, and development regulations project the intensity and quantity of anticipated development within the planned action boundary. The PAO and associated environmental analysis evaluates the projected growth and identifies specific mitigations measures comprehensively and earlier in the development process. Please see the links to the right for more information, including the adopted PAO, mitigation measures, and adopted development regulations.

  1. Project Summary


In 2011, the City undertook a project to bring together a “transfer of development rights” (TDR) program with an update to the Puyallup Downtown Plan, the preparation of a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Planned Action implementing ordinance. The City completed a number of steps in that process including holding a scoping meeting, analyzing the potential issues identified, issuing a Draft EIS in April, 2012, and receiving comments. As City staff and project consultants were preparing the response to those comments and the Final EIS, the City Council chose to terminate the project, largely due to concerns related to the TDR program component of the project.

In early-2017, City Council re-initiated the Downtown Planned Action project, with the direction to pick up only the Planned Action/EIS component where it was left off in 2012. Any work on development of a TDR program could occur under further direction at a later date. The City then rehired the consultant team working on the original Planned Action and over the summer and fall of 2017 have been working to update the analysis and proposed mitigation. At this time the bulk of that work has been completed and we are preparing to issue an addendum to the prior document. This will include a comment period followed by preparation and issuance of a Final EIS. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation of a preferred alternative, which will include code and comprehensive plan amendments in order to fully implement. It is anticipated that the City Council will be presented with this recommendation in the spring of 2018.

  1. What is a "Planned Action"?
  1. Project Proposal
  1. Alternatives
  1. Multi-Family Tax Exemption

Project Info

  1. Katie Baker, AICP

    Planning Manager

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