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Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 431-3670
Fax: 206 431-3665

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Comprehensive Plan

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Tukwila’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-term guiding document or “blueprint” that explains the community’s values and priorities to guide growth and development. Tukwila’s Comprehensive Plan anticipates change and provides specific guidance for future legislative and administrative actions. The plan reflects community involvement, technical analysis, state and regional requirements and the judgment of decision-makers.

Tukwila’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1995. It is updated regularly to stay current, but its basic objectives remain constant. They are:

  • Great neighborhoods
  • A vibrant and diverse Tukwila International Boulevard District
  • Good jobs along East Marginal Way
  • A thriving Southcenter/Urban Center for shopping, working, living and playing

Tukwila’s Comprehensive Plan is a flexible framework that adapts to changing conditions over time. The Plan’s building blocks include chapters on land use, transportation, housing, neighborhoods, economic development, capital facilities, utilities, and the natural environment.


Keeping the Comprehensive Plan Current

Periodic Review and Update

State law requires a periodic review of Comprehensive Plans and development regulations. The periodic review is distinguished from the yearly amendment process that usually addresses smaller proposals for the  Plan’s amendments.

In 2015 Tukwila completed its most recent periodic review and update of its Comprehensive Plan to ensure that it meets statewide planning regulations, includes regional growth targets for housing and employment, and reflects the community’s priorities. Comprehensive Plan policies for capital facilities, utilities, transportation, the natural environment housing, residential neighborhoods, transportation corridors, economic development, Tukwila South, and community image, roles, and responsibilities have all been newly revised. In addition, a new Parks and Open Space chapter was developed.
The review also ensured that the Comprehensive Plan reflects the priorities that the community expressed during Tukwila’s Strategic Plan development in 2012.

Annual Amendments

The Comprehensive Plan may be changed or amended once each year, unless there is an emergency. Members of the public who wish to propose a policy change may apply by December 31 for consideration in the following year.

Tukwila Comprehensive Plan Amendments since the adoption of the updated Plan in 2015.

 Ordinance Effective Date                   Nature of Amendment
2551 10/10/17

Narrative changes to Transportation Element to reflect changes in the job and household targets and a map change on a parcel from single family to commercial light industrial


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