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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.
Project History
Regulations
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Current Projects
Project History
  • Land Use Approvals
  • Development Agreements, 1999 and 2015
  • Plats
  • Environmental Documents

Regulations
  • Zoning
  • Signs
  • Design Manual
  • Other

Maps
  • Development Agreements, 1999 and 2015
  • Phase 2 Major Amendment
  • New Rhodes Lake Road

Current Projects
  • Phase 2 Major Amendment and SEIS
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant - Phase II
  • Plats

What is an Employment Based Planned Community?
Definition
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 or the Development Agreement review process and approval by the Pierce County Council and Pierce County Executive.
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.
Tehaleh EBPC Phase 2 - Project Update

  • Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
    • The Draft SEIS was published on December 21, 2017.  The Draft SEIS and related appendices can be found here.
      • A public open house was held on January 17, 2018 to provide information and solicit comments on the Draft SEIS.
      • The comment period ended on February 5, 2018.
      • Maps, charts, graphics and handouts provided at the open house can be found in the document tab of the SEIS.
      • Comments received can be found in the document tab of the SEIS. 
    • The Final SEIS was published on July 5, 2018, following a review of comments received on the Draft SEIS and revisions to the SEIS based on those comments.  The Draft and Final SEIS documents can be found in the document tab of the SEIS.  The appeal period on the Final SEIS ended on July 19, 2018.  There were no appeals filed.
  • Development Agreement
    • On July 10, 2018, the Pierce County Council adopted a resolution, Resolution No. R2018-80s, to initiate the Tehaleh Phase 2 Development Agreement under the provisions of PCC 18A.100.060. The resolution spelled out how Pierce County would review the Development Agreement for Phase 2 and the role of the Pierce County Hearing Examiner. Pursuant to PCC 18A.100.080, the Pierce County Council conducted a public hearing on the proposed Development Agreement on November 27, 2018 .
    • On November 27, 2018, the Pierce County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2018-90s, approving the Tehaleh Employment Based Planned Community Phase 2 Development Agreement.  Ordinance No. 2018-90s was signed by the Pierce County Executive on December 11, 2018 and the ordinance became effective on December 21, 2018.
    • As directed by the Phase 2 Development Agreement, a proposed Project Master Plan was submitted by the developer on February 7, 2019 for review and approval.  A Notice of Application was sent to affected agencies, parties of record and surrounding property owners on February 28, 2019, with a comment deadline of March 28, 2019.  The Pierce County Hearing Examiner held a public hearing to review the Phase 2 Project Master Plan on May 1, 2019.  A decision approving the Project Master Plan was issued on June 3, 2019. 
    • The final signed version of the Project Master Plan for Phase 2 of the Tehaleh Employment Based Planned Community, revised to address the conditions in the June 3, 2019 decision, was submitted to the Pierce County Hearing Examiner for review and approval on July 31, 2019.  The Project Master Plan for Phase 2 was signed by the Pierce County Hearing Examiner on August 2, 2019.  The Phase 2 Project Master Plan can be found in the document tab of the Phase 2 Development Agreement permit application.
    • The Tehaleh Phase 2 approval consists of the Tehaleh Phase 2 Development Agreement, Ordinance No. 2018-90s, approved by  the Pierce County Council and Pierce County Executive and the August 2, 2019 Tehaleh Phase 2 Project Master Plan approved by the Pierce County Hearing Examiner.
Transportation
Future Projects
  • Rhodes Lake Road Corridor Study
  • New Rhodes Lake Road East - Right-of-way Acquisition, Design and Construction
    • Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
      • The Draft SEIS was published on November 14, 2017.  The Draft SEIS and related appendices can be found here.
        • A public open house was held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, to provide information and solicit comments on the Draft SEIS.
        • The comment period ends on Friday, December 29, 2017.
    • A Final SEIS was published on May 3, 2018, following a review of comments recevied on the Draft SEIS and revisions to the SEIS based on those comments.  The Final SEIS can be found here
Sewers
NEED MORE INFORMATION OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

Please contact Robert Jenkins, Current Planning Supervisor, in the Current Planning Section of Planning and Public Works, at rob.jenkins@piercecountywa.gov or at (253) 798-7016.