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Tideflats Subarea Planning Project- community engagement opportunities

Share Your Vision for the Tideflats through Community Engagement Opportunities in March

Three educational visioning sessions are planned for March 17, 18 and 20 to provide an opportunity for community members who are interested in the future of the Tacoma Tideflats to contribute ideas about what they hope to see in the area in the next 20 years.

The Visioning Session events will each be held virtually on ZOOM. For meeting details and links, visit

Wednesday, March 17 from noon to 1 p.m. will be a discussion about Land Use & Economic Development focused on: 

  • The built character of the Tideflats and surrounding area
  • The character and type of future growth
  • Future economic opportunities
  • Industrial trends and preservation of port maritime activities 
  • Relationship between the Tideflats and adjacent neighborhoods
  • Mix of uses and needs within the Tideflats.

Thursday, March 18 from 6-7 p.m. will be a discussion about Environment & Health focused on:

  • The natural environment, including protection and preservation of plant and animal habitat areas, air and water quality, and risk of sea-level rise associated with climate change

Saturday, March 20 from noon to 1 p.m. will be a discussion about Transportation/Infrastructure focused on: 

  • Transportation mobility, congestion, and safety 
  • Transit service
  • Truck and rail freight access and capacity
  • Active transportation
  • Utilities
  • Capacity to meet future demand

The Tideflats Subarea Project Team is also asking for feedback through a brief online survey. Survey responses will be used to inform planning decisions. The survey is open from March 15-April 30 at

About the Tideflats Subarea Planning Project 

The Tideflats subarea planning process, a partnership between City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County and City of Fife, is intended to create a shared long-term vision and more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in the Tideflats. Completion of the subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the regional manufacturing and industrial center. 

About the Tideflats

The Tideflats is an area of over 5,000 acres of waterfront land providing vital saltwater and estuarian habitat for salmon, shellfish and other marine life, the Tideflats is an economic center that includes industrial and manufacturing and maritime activity in a world class port and is the ancestral lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.  The area is designated as the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC). The MIC is home to Tacoma and Pierce County’s highest concentration of industrial and manufacturing activity and is the work site for about 9,800 employees.    


Murrey's Disposal is holding its annual spring clean-up event from April 5-9, 2021. Here are guidelines to follow: 


Each residential customer may leave up to three extra bags of garbage for curbside for pickup on your regular garbage day. Please do not use personal garbage cans as we cannot be responsible if lost or damaged. 

    Garbage must be placed in securely tied 32-gallon bags next to your cart.

    Please ensure each bag does not exceed 40 pounds.

    Tires will not be accepted.

    Place all items at the curb before 7 a.m. on your service day. 


Each residential customer may leave up to three extra bags of yard waste at the curb on your regularly scheduled yard waste service day.

    Use biodegradable lawn waste bags. Please do not use personal garbage cans as we cannot be responsible if lost or damaged.  

    Bags should not exceed 40 pounds

    Place all items at the curb before 7 a.m. on your service day.


Each residential customer may recycle one major appliance at no charge this week. Appliances will be picked up throughout the week.

    Secure the appliance doors

    Leave it at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Monday April 5th. 

Eligible appliances include:

Refrigerator, freezer, range, furnace, washer, dryer, hot water tank,

microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, portable air conditioning units.

Have additional questions about the spring cleanup event? Contact the organizer, Murrey's Disposal, at 253-414-0345 or visit


Every year the month of March, by Presidential proclamation, is designated Women’s History Month. Fife’s own history is rich with female trailblazers. Women long have shaped the policy and direction of this city. The Marian Wetsch Fife City Hall, for instance, is the namesake of Marian Wetsch, who served as Fife’s mayor from 1996 to 1999 and served two terms on city council before that.  

Our current mayor, Kim Roscoe, is a trailblazer herself. She serves on the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners and represents Pierce County on the Sound Transit Board. 

Here’s to all our women leaders, including two women council members and the three women directors who lead City of Fife departments: Lisa McClellan (Councilmember), DeeDee Gethers (Councilmember), Beth Brooks (Human Resources), Megan Jendrick (Parks, Recreation and Aquatics) and Patty Luat (Finance). Thanks for all you do! 

Looking for a way to virtually participate in Women’s History Month? Here’s list of events and information for Women’s History Month.  

Pierce County Library offers a curated book list delving into a wide range of topics, including books about women inventors, memoirs and more. Find the list here:

Want some other reading options about women by women? CNN has compiled a list to help celebrate and educate ourselves on historic moments women fought for progress. Find the recommendations here:

Want to delve into the topic of suffrage and the 19th amendment? The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma has a free online exhibition and curriculum about the suffrage centennial. Find that online exhibit here:

The Tacoma Art Museum maintains a database collection of women painters of Washington. Take a tour of the free online database. Find that here:

Numerous federal agencies and organizations, including The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration and Smithsonian Institution, have compiled virtual events and online galleries covering wide territory. Throughout 2021, women filmmakers will be featured the first Thursday of each month. Find out more here:

View a series of programs centered around women and history on PBS. The curated collection includes profiles of historic women and events. Find the list of programs here:


Did you know you can sign up for auto payments for utility billing? You can also make a one-time payment online. To do so, visit this page. For more information on utility payments, visit this page. For more information on recent utility rate increases for the City of Fife , please visit this page.  Have another utility-related question? Visit this FAQ page.


Want to find out more about the SR 167 completion project that will add a bridge over I-5 at 70th Avenue East?  Read more at the WSDOT information page -


The City of Fife’s Community Development team has worked hard to make the city’s online permitting system more user friendly. You can apply for a permit from anywhere, so long as you have a computer connection. To learn more about the city’s online permitting features, visit

fife CITY COUNCIL meetings

Fife City Council holds their regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. They hold a special meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, also starting at 6 p.m. Currently, all meetings are being held remotely. For more information on city council meetings and to review the agendas, please click here. 

To find out how you can participate in those meetings, visit and select the date for the next council meeting. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.

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