Proposed Narrowmoor Addition Conservation District
On May 27, 2015, after over a year of review and public meetings, the
Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to recommend to the Planning
Commission the establishment of a new conservation district in the West
Slope Neighborhood. The primary documents related to this
recommendation are available below.
Letter to the Planning Commission
Findings and Recommendation Report
Draft Design Guidelines
Consolidated public comment (received during comment period)
Original submittal from the West Slope Neighborhood Coalition
The Landmarks Preservation held a Public Hearing to receive
comment on the proposed conservation district on April 8, 2015.
Please see documents below for background information.
Hearing Announcement and Opinion Survey
Map of Proposed District
The West Slope Neighborhood Coalition is proposing that the City
establish a conservation district overlay in the West End area of
The West Slope Neighborhood consists of four plats and was initially
established in 1941. The proposed conservation district includes
approximately 279 homes and 286 lots, constructed predominantly during
the 1940s through the 1960s. Most houses are simple 2 story homes (the
lower floor being a daylight basement) located on their lots to maximize
views of the Tacoma Narrows.
History of the Proposal
In 2007, at the request of the West Slope Neighborhood Coalition, the
City Council provided funding to the Historic Preservation Program to
conduct a study of the feasibility of creating a new midcentury historic
district in the West Slope Neighborhood.
In 2009, the consultant retained by the City released a report that
recommended not designating a historic district in the neighborhood, due
to lack of historic integrity. The report recommended revising the
City’s “conservation district overlay zone” to allow for the creation of
conservation districts in neighborhoods.
In 2011, with the support of the neighborhood, the City Council modified
both the comprehensive plan and regulatory code to allow the
conservation district overlay to be used as a standalone district
(previously it was only used as a buffer zone around historic
The neighborhood retained a consultant to develop an application to
become a conservation district and formally submitted a proposal and
application for Area-Wide Rezone in November, 2013.
Application submitted by the West Slope Neighborhood Coalition
Map of Proposed District
Summary of the Proposal
Design Guidelines framework (working)
Tentative Review Schedule
Staff report to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (May 28, 2014)
Staff report to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (September 24,
Presentation to the West Slope Neighborhood (November 18, 2014)
Design Guidelines Presentation (February 5, 2015)
Previous Discussions (2007-2010)
and property owners in the West Slope Area have requested study
by the City for the establishment of a local historic special review
overlay zoning district. Landmarks
and Local Historic Special Review Districts are administered by
Municipal Code 13.07 and are managed as overlay zoning districts.
The City Council provided funding to conduct study to determine the
appropriateness and feasibility of such a district. In July 2008,
the City entered into a contract with a consultant to conduct this
study. The study included an architectural survey of
the West Slope Area, recommendations regarding the feasibility of a
The study concluded that the West Slope Neighborhood did retain a
distinctive architectural and development character, but did not possess
enough architectural integrity to merit designation as a Historic
Special Review District. The study recommended that the
neighborhood be considered as a Conservation District.
Letter from the West Slope Neighborhood
the Request for Proposals for the West Slope Study
16 Community Meeting Notice
Tacoma West Slope Historic District Development Project Neighborhood Meeting Presentation
Slope Historic District Study Report (1/2010)
Slope Neighborhood Presentation (4/29/2010)
or call 253-591-5220.