Tacoma is actively shaping its built environment to providing livability, choice and access for its residents, and others, to live, work and play within its community.
Tacoma has policies and incentives to encourage compact and complete centers with a pedestrian focus for new development, affordable housing, and brownfield development. Most neighborhoods have ample parks within walking distance, which neighbors value and use often. Tacomans can also be proud that municipal services provide their citizens with secure and high-quality drinking water plus safe and progressive wastewater and stormwater management practices and infrastructure. In addition, there are no areas of missing data in this category.
The following are some action items called out by the STAR certification process as missing potential areas for improvement:
Climate change is anticipated to impact Tacoma with more flooding from the sea level rise, storm surge and heavy rains. These changes could threaten our natural environment, infrastructure, buildings and public safety. We can prepare for and lessen these impacts by doing our part to conserve energy and resources.
We’re doing well in many climate and energy areas. For example, Tacomans can be proud of a 16 percent decrease in community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990 created by driving fewer miles, reducing industrial natural gas use and diverting waste from the landfill.
How Tacoma is progressing on some fronts is simply unknown. We may be doing very well, or not. If knowing this information about our community would have value, what methods could be used to track them and who would do so?
The Tacoma community does much to empower a vibrant, educated, connected and diverse community.
Tacomans can be proud that more than 75 percent of residents live within one mile of a community venue and that all-day kindergarten, after school programs and career pathway initiatives are available to our youth. Plus, a wide breadth of social and cultural events are promoted and supported throughout our community. We can further be satisfied that:
The following are some action items called out by the STAR certification process as potential areas for improvement:
Equitably shared prosperity can create access to good, quality jobs in Tacoma.
Tacomans can be proud that six different property tax incentives have been approved in the past three years to retain/expand local business and we have local support for buy local programs and campaigns. In addition, we’ve seen local increases in annual sales and the number of businesses established. Tacoma’s achievements also include:
Tacoma will become more sustainable as it strives to ensure equity, inclusion and access to opportunities for all of its residents.
Tacomans can be proud that we have a Human Rights Commission that investigates civil and human rights violations and police officers trained on conflict prevention and non-discrimination. In addition, elected officials and government staff meet regularly with residents to answer questions and listen to concerns. In Tacoma, we also:
Strong communities create healthy, resilient, and safe places for residents and businesses to thrive.
Tacoma has good emergency response times and well-coordinated, educated and trained staff and citizen volunteers. Multiple agencies perform data collection, evaluation and monitoring to track trends and identify emerging community safety needs. In addition, many activities and programs promote active living, such as an Active Transportation program, “Bronze Bike Friendly Community” community status and more than a 100 family-oriented Metro Parks Tacoma events. And, Tacoma schools are increasing the amount of fresh and locally-produced foods they serve to schoolchildren.
How Tacoma is progressing on one front in this area is simply unknown: the ability for low-income families to access low-cost, healthful food. We may be doing very well, or not. If knowing this information about our community would have value, what methods could be used to track them and who would do so?
How is Tacoma protecting and restoring our natural resources? An ethic of stewardship leads to decisions that appropriately address this basis upon which all life depends.
Tacomans have an Open Space Habitat and Recreation Plan to protect and restore natural resources through land conservation, corridor connectivity, and restoration. A possible result of this is that 90 percent of Tacomans live within a half-mile walk of green infrastructure features that integrate with the built environment to conserve ecosystems.
In addition, we have access to a great number of educational and outreach activities that increase ecological literacy and knowledge about natural resource protection. As a possible result, Tacomans can be proud that we’ve demonstrated reductions in fine particle pollution (largely due to winter wood smoke reductions) and are acting to protect and restore the water in Commencement Bay.
Throughout 2014 Tacomans can help shape the future of our community by participating in an update to our comprehensive plan. Help prioritize and answer Tacoma’s big questions, including some of those listed above, by joining this comprehensive planning process.
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