Proposed New VSD Overlay

The City of Tacoma received an application from property owners in the Narrowmoor community to create a second category of the View Sensitive Overlay District that would potentially lower the building height limit to 20 feet for areas with similar development patterns in Tacoma. Currently, the City has in place a View Sensitive Overlay District, which mandates a 25-foot building height limit. Due to development patterns many single-family residential homes in the View Sensitive Overlay District do not reach the current height limit. The proposed overlay district is intended to be compatible with existing structures and ensure that future development fits in with the existing development patterns. The intent is to only apply the proposed height limit to areas where the dominant development pattern is homes at or less than 20 feet in height.

The proposed change to building height limit would not change land use regulations or the underlying zoning, only the Overlay District designation.

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