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6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

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Tukwila International Boulevard Neighborhood Planning

November 5, 2020 – The Planning Commission will hold an online meeting to continue their deliberations and make final recommendations to the Council on the Tukwila International Boulevard interim zoning code revisions that will eliminate the need to renew the moratorium (Ordinance 2631) prohibiting auto-oriented and lodging uses currently in the Regional Commercial (RC) and Neighborhood Commercial Center (NCC) zoning districts in the TIB study area. The Planning Commission packet is available here.  Go to meeting event page for directions on how to join the online meeting. The next opportunity for public comment on the proposed revisions to the zoning code will be at the Council of the Whole hearing on November 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

October 22, 2020 – Planning Commission continued their online public hearing on interim zoning code revisions restricting certain auto-oriented and lodging uses currently prohibited by the moratorium in Ordinance 2631. In addition to the hearing, an online informational open house on the proposed revisions was held prior to the public hearing on October 20, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Commission requested additional information from staff and will hold another meeting to finalize their recommendations on November 5th.  The Planning Commission packet and minutes from the meeting can be found here.

July 6, 2020 Council adopts Ordinance 2631 renewing the moratorium on certain auto-oriented and lodging uses in the RC and NCC zoning districts in the TIB planning area, until interim zoning code revisions replacing the moratorium are adopted.  

June 22, 2020 a public hearing was held by the Council of the Whole on renewing the moratorium on certain auto-oriented and lodging uses in the RC and NCC zoning districts in the TIB planning area.    

May 18, 2020 Planning and Economic Development Committee approve moving an ordinance renewing the current moratorium restricting certain auto-oriented and lodging uses in the RC and NCC zoning districts in the TIB planning area on to the Committee of the Whole for a public hearing.  

April 23, 2020 Planning Commission packet to consider interim Zoning Code revision to restrict certain auto-oriented and lodging uses currently prohibited by Ordinance 2620 is here. The addendum to the packet is here.As adoption of the amendments prior to the moratorium’s expiration was deemed an essential action during coronavirus restrictions, the Planning Commission held a virtual public hearing.

UPDATE: Because of perceived outreach and notification challenges, the hearing was left open by the Planning Commission to be continued at another meeting. After the April hearing, the Tukwila City Council expressed concern about the difficulty of public outreach and participation and the Planning Commission’s May hearing was postponed to a date in the future when the Planning Commission and public could meet in-person on the interim zoning code amendments. Subsequently, the City Council directed staff to move forward with renewing the moratorium by the July 9th expiration date, with the assumption that the moratorium will remain in effect until the time the interim zoning code amendments are adopted by Council.

March 16, 2020 Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting packet to consider Tukwila International Boulevard Re-channelization Report is here.  

March 2, 2020 Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting packet to have the Planning Commission review interim zoning code revisions to   restrict certain auto-oriented and lodging uses currently prohibited by Ordinance 2620 is here.  

September 2017:  The Tukwila Planning Commission has reviewed preliminary work on implementing the CNU recommendations.     A draft Zoning Map and Land Use Table were discussed at an August Work Session.

The City is now focused on evaluating the cost, options and impacts for the redesign of Tukwila International Boulevard per the design in the CNU report.   Final design and restriping timing will determine the next steps for the development standards for the area. Stay tuned and stay involved.

May 2017:  The final report is here!   Take a look at CNU’s recommendations.    

Susan Henderson of Placemakers, the lead author in the report made a presentation to the City Council on May 1, 2017. Watch a recording of that presentation.

Next steps – analyze the traffic impacts of the proposed street redesign and report findings to the City Council.



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What: The City of Tukwila adopted the Tukwila International Boulevard District Element of the Comprehensive Plan in 2015. Now in 2017, the  Congress for New Urbanism is partnering with the City of Tukwila to assist in an implementation plan for the neighborhood. During the weekend of February 23-25, your vision and goals were reviewed,  your comments  regarding opportunities and constraints around implementation were collected, and draft recommendations  were developed. A final report is now scheduled to be presented at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on May 1st, 2017.

Where:  TIB Rising focuses on the Tukwila International Boulevard neighborhood from S 139th St. to S 160th St.

Who: See the  team of consultants  from the  Congress for New Urbanism who are working on this project.

When:  This fall we will begin working will local residents, businesses, service providers, and other stakeholders in implementing the community’s vision for the neighborhood.

The Community’s Vision

An area that is a complete neighborhood with thriving, multicultural residential and business communities with vibrant places where everyone can live, work, shop and play. The area is a safe and walkable destination with an authentic main street that is connected to other destinations. There is an emphasis on self-sustaining, living wage employment opportunities here.

The City will begin working on how to:

  • Improve the area’s walkability.
  • Create through zoning, two distinct areas ¾ of a mile apart at S. 144th and Southcenter Boulevard
  • Reconfigure TIB into a street that connects the east and west sides through more protected crossings, that contains on-street parking, and is known as a destination instead of just a throughway.
  • Strengthen design guidelines so that buildings support a walkable environment and enhance overall neighborhood quality.
  • Modify the parking requirement in order to minimize the negative impact of large empty parking lots on neighborhood quality and walkability.
  • Develop strategies for increasing sidewalks and decreasing the size of blocks.
  • Preserve and enhance the multicultural character of the area.
  • Foster community engagement among residents and businesses and investment in the area thereby supporting the sense of safety and community livability.

Workshop Materials and Documents



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