The Tehaleh project will include a mix of land uses and provide for a
range of employment, residential and recreational opportunities linked
by a system of streets, trails and alleés (forested open space/trail
corridors). A range of housing types and densities will provide for
flexible responses to changing market needs and desires and will allow
for a wide range of pricing choices and affordable housing options.
The overall conceptual plan for Tehaleh is intended to be a flexible
document but one against which each specific application for development
will be measured by Pierce County. Actual type, amount, pattern and
density of development are permitted to vary in response to market
conditions so long as they are consistent with the overall EBPC concept
and the provisions of the Tehaleh Development Agreement.
An Employment Based Planned Community (EBPC)
is a planned community that addresses the full-range of needs of the
residents, including housing, jobs, services, and recreation. Over the
life of the project, the EBPC will provide an appropriate mix of jobs,
services, recreation and housing. EBPCs are permitted through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) review process and approval by the Pierce County Hearing Examiner.
Key Requirements Minimum Site Area – The site must be at least 320 acres. Phasing Plan - A phasing plan must be provided to ensure development is served by adequate public facilities and services. Permitted Uses - A variety of residential and non-residential uses will be permitted through Tehaleh specific zoning classifications. Residential Density - The overall average residential density for the site must be between 4 and 8 units per acre. Employment Center - A minimum 10 percent of the total gross area must be developed as an employment center. Housing - Affordable housing will be provided for a broad range of income levels.
The Draft SEIS was published on December 21, 2017. The Draft SEIS and related appendices can be found here.
A public open house will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Swiss Sportsmen’s Club of Tacoma at 9205 198th Avenue East, Bonney Lake, WA, to provide information and solicit comments on the Draft SEIS.
The comment period ends on Monday, February 5, 2018.
A Final SEIS will be published following a review of comments recevied on the Draft SEIS and revisions to the SEIS based on those comments.
The Pierce County Council in early 2018 will initiate, by resolution, the Tehaleh Phase 2 Development Agreement under the provisions of PCC 18A.100.060. The resolution will spell out how Pierce County will review the Development Agreement for Phase 2. It is expected that the Hearing Examiner will conduct a public hearing or hearings on Phase 2 and the County Council will conduct its own public hearing on the Development Agreement pursuant to PCC 18A.100.080. Public hearings on the Phase 2 Development Agreement are anticipated in 2018.