South Hill Neighborhood Plan

On February 7, 2017, the City Council approved an ordinance adopting the South Hill Neighborhood Plan, which includes a Comprehensive Plan chapter, amendments to the Zoning and Future Land Use maps, and amendments to municipal code sections 20.31 Mixed Use Zones and 20.52 Mixed Use - Design Review Overlay. Please see the proposed plan documents linked to the right.

This plan, including all applicable zoning map and code amendments, will become effective on February 28, 2017.

City Council held a public hearing on this proposed sub-area plan at their November 22, 2016 meeting. Previously, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and made a recommendation on the South Hill Neighborhood Plan in April, 2016. Prior to formally presenting that recommendation to City Council, an open house was held on August 10, 2016 as well as prior to the November 22 hearing.


Puyallup has two Regional Growth Centers, Downtown Puyallup and South Hill. Regional Growth Centers (RGCs) are areas designated by Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) as focal points for population and employment in the region. These areas are characterized by compact, pedestrian-oriented development with a mix of residences, jobs, retail, services, and entertainment. RGCs are eligible for funding priority for transportation and economic development through PSRC.

All jurisdictions with designated RGCs are expected to adopt a neighborhood (or “sub-area”) plan for the center into the city’s adopted comprehensive plan. These plans are intended to meet regional requirements while adhering to community priorities, by establishing specific goals and policies for the neighborhood as well as more detailed development standards.

Prior Work

The South Hill Neighborhood Plan (SHNP) has been in the works for a number of years. Much of the public input as to the vision for the future of the neighborhood was developed through a series of public workshops in 2006/2007. In 2009, City Council adopted a vision statement, goals and policies (SHNP Framework Policies (PDF)) to guide future development of zoning standards specific to the neighborhood. The City then partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in 2010/2011 to complete a Health Impact Assessment (PDF).

Recent Work

  • Plan policy revisions and draft zoning code through Planning Commission review (2013-2015)
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing - property owner concerns expressed (July 2015)
  • Follow-up meeting between staff and property owners (August 2015)
  • Revised draft zoning code; continued work with property owners and Planning Commission (September 2015-February 2016)
Since the July 8, 2015 public hearing, the Planning Commission has reviewed revisions to the draft plan and development regulations at multiple work sessions, and at their February 10, 2016 meeting, recommended that the full draft plan be released for public review and comment.