The Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA) was chartered by the City of Tacoma in 1996 and is charged with the revitalization and redevelopment of City and FWDA owned properties located along the Thea Foss Waterway.  Over the past 24 years, it has been successfully managing this downtown waterfront shoreline.

FWDA will be ending operations on or before December 31, 2020 when its Operating Agreement with the City officially ends.  Throughout 2020 various FWDA functions will be transitioning over to a variety of City of Tacoma departments.


For further information, please contact FWDA at: 253-597-8122.

Public Notices & Documents


Documents that may be of interest to you will be posted on this page.  

In accordance with RCW 42.30.075 (as amended), agendas for our monthly Board of Directors meetings

and other public meetings convened by the FWDA will be posted as soon as they have been approved for publication.

If you have a specific document request, please e-mail ldreyer@theafoss.com.


The next open public meeting of the FWDA Board of Directors

is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on September 23, 2020.

The agenda for that meeting will be available online

when it has been approved for publication.


Pursuant to current Covid-19 prevention guidelines,

if you wish to attend any meeting held at the FWDA offices,

you are required to bring your own mask and wear it while visiting us. 

FWDA does not have adequate PPE supplies to provide masks for the public.


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Amended Bylaws

Amended Charter

Third Operating Agreement

with City of Tacoma

Design Guidelines

FWDA Design Guidelines


Tacoma's Shoreline Master Program


City of Tacoma Municipal Code

(Specifically: Title 13, pages 341-481)

Map of Public Esplanade Status


Sites 8 & 9

Feasibility Analysis

(January 2015)

Sites 8 & 9

Feasibility Analysis

(January 2015)

Proposed Site 8/9

Boundary Line Adjustment

Site 8/9

Record of Survey

Sites 8/9

Site Specific Cleanup Action Plan

(3 parts)

Site Specific Remedial Investigative Report

for Thea Foss Upland Properties

(February 26, 2002)

The document below covers Sites 8, 9 and others

Site Specific Remedial Investigation Work Plan

for Thea Foss Upland Properties

(May 25, 2000)

The document below covers Sites 8, 9 and others

Study of

Foss Waterway

Parking Development Potential

Site 10

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

(July 24, 2015)


Certain public documents maintained by the FWDA may be downloaded on our Public Notices & Documents page.