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The City Council Adopts Home In Tacoma - Phase 1

The City Council took final action on Home in Tacoma Project - Phase 1 on December 7, 2021, through adoption of Amended Ordinance 28793. 


What's in the Adopted Package?

Home In Tacoma Project - Phase 1 includes changes to the initial Planning Commission proposals recommended by the City Council Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability (IPS) Committee on October 27, 2021 as well as changes made by the City Council at their December 1, 2021 Special Meeting.

Ordinance 28793 provides direction on Phase 2 implementation efforts and adopts the following components:

Council's action initiates a second phase to develop zoning, standards and other actions to implement the adopted housing growth strategy and policy direction. Stay tuned for information about Home In Tacoma Project - Phase 2 which will begin in early 2022.


City Council Review - Key Milestones

City Council Public Hearing

On July 13, 2021, the City Council held a public hearing on the Planning Commission's Home In Tacoma Project recommendations (see below). A total of 93 people made oral comments and 438 submitted written comments. A video of the public hearing is posted at City of Tacoma - Calendar (legistar.com). 


On July 20, 2021, the City Council Committee of the Whole referred the Commission's recommendations to the City Council Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee (IPS) for further discussion. The IPS Committee and Committee of the Whole met six times in September and October 2021. The IPS Committee's September 8, 2021 packet included the proposed topics of discussion.

On October 27th the IPS Committee recommended the following changes:

Stay tuned for next steps -- sign up for email updates using the link above, or contact project staff with questions. 


What's the Home In Tacoma Project? 

Home In Tacoma Project Intro Video



Information Meetings


TOPIC: Overview and focus on proposed Low-scale Residential



Info Meeting 07-06-21 Full text of Q & A 


TOPIC: Overview and focus on proposed Mid-scale Residential


Home In Tacoma Info Meeting 07-08-21 Presentation  

Info Meeting 07-08-21 Full text of Q & A 


Final Environmental Determination

The City has now issued a Final Environmental Determination reflecting changes to the project scope made through the City Council process. To read it, visit cityoftacoma.org/homeintacoma and scroll down to the SEPA Review section.


The final determination modifies the June 15, 2021 revised environmental determination regarding the Home In Tacoma Project recommendations. 

Next Steps 

Participate in Home In Tacoma Project - Phase 2, tentatively beginning in early 2022. 

Ways to Participate

The City is having a discussion about housing needs, development trends and neighborhood change. Using community ideas and feedback the City Council is considering changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code.


Home In Tacoma Project Interactive Website 


Upcoming Meetings and Events

No information meetings are scheduled at this time.


The City will soon begin outreach on Home In Tacoma (Phase 2). 


Check back regularly to learn of upcoming meetings and events. Contact staff to request a meeting or with any questions.



Home In Tacoma Project proposals

Help shape the future of housing in Tacoma by commenting on the following proposed actions:

  • Allow more housing types throughout Tacoma's neighborhoods, such as duplexes, triplexes, cottage housing, and in some cases fourplexes and small multifamily housing
  • Allow mid-scale multifamily housing in areas close to shopping and transit
  • Update design standards so new housing complements the neighborhood
  • Strengthen policies and programs to make housing more affordable
  • Strengthen anti-racism and anti-displacement policies and programs    

The Home In Tacoma Project package includes Comprehensive Plan updates, near-term code updates, an environmental review of potential growth impacts, and a Housing Action Plan to guide implementation over time. 



Planning Process 

Tacoma's Planning Commission and Housing Equity Taskforce are important partnerships for addressing affordable housing needs in Tacoma. Their work helps inform policy through engagement, research and review.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a volunteer advisory group that makes recommendations to the City Council on planning matters.

On May 19, 2021, the Planning Commission forwarded their Home In Tacoma Project recommendations to the City Council (posted above on this web page).

On February 17, 2021, the Commission preliminary recommendations for public review and comment:


Housing Equity Taskforce Recommendations

Staff Report

Proposed Comprehensive Plan changes

Proposed Near-term Code changes

Housing Action Plan

Existing Conditions Report


On May 6, 2020, the Planning Commission finalized the project scope of work, based on input from the community.


Home In Tacoma Project Scoping Report


Planning Commission documents:   

Housing Equity Taskforce

The Planning Commission and the Human Rights Commission have joined to form the Housing Equity Taskforce (HET) to provide focused input on equity and social justice considerations associated with housing. 


HET Home In Tacoma Recommendations - January 2021


Public Meetings 

The HET meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM. Meetings are open to the public.


Here's how to virtually attend:

The HET will not meet in December 2021 


November 18, 2021

HET Meeting Packet  


October 14, 2021

HET Meeting Packet 


September 9, 2021

HET Meeting Packet 


August 12, 2021

HET Meeting Packet 

No official meeting due to lack of a quorum 


July 8, 2021

HET Meeting Packet


June 10, 2021

HET Meeting Packet 

Meeting cancelled due to schedule challenges


May 13, 2021

HET Meeting Packet 


April 8, 2021 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet 

The HET did not hold an official meeting due to technical issues


March 18, 2021 Meeting

No formal meeting packet


February 4, 2021 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet


January 7, 2021 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet 


December 3, 2020 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet

Mentimeter Exercise


November 5, 2020 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet 


Audio Recording


October 8, 2020 Meeting 

HET Meeting Packet 


Audio Recording 


September 10, 2020 Meeting 

The Taskforce held its first meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 1 to 2:30 PM. At this meeting, the HET discussed the process, schedule and scope of work moving forward.

HET Meeting Packet


Audio Recording



Virtual Home In Tacoma Café Series on Zoom

The City hosted a virtual Home In Tacoma Café Series on Zoom  with three panel discussions to provide an a platform to explore the barriers and opportunities to housing in Tacoma.


Past Conversations: 

Tacoma's Housing Crisis - December 18, 2020

Part 1


The City's Role in Creating Housing on January 8, 2021

Part 2


Getting Housing Growth Right for Tacoma on January 29, 2021 

Part 3


En Espagnol

Parte 1


Parte 2


Parte 3


Housing Choices Survey

The City received 870 responses to the survey, providing valuable insights into community perspectives on housing choices. To learn more:

Housing Choices Survey Analysis DRAFT

Past Meeting and Events

  • South End Neighborhood Council: May 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • North End Neighborhood Council: April 5, 2021 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Council Executive Session: April 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • AHAS Technical Advisory Group: March 31, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Hilltop Action Coalition: March 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • City Council Study Session: March 23, 2021 starting at noon 
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission: March 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Information Session: March 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  
  • Eastside Neighborhood Council: March 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tacoma Permit Advisory Taskforce: March 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Central Tacoma Neighborhood Council: March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Community Council of Tacoma: February 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Housing Equity Taskforce: Monthly - meeting date and time will be set soon (see HET section for meeting info)
  • North End Neighborhood Council: January 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Transportation Commission: December 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Commission on Disabilities: December 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: December 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sustainable Tacoma Commission: November 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • City Council Study Session: November 10, 2020 at noon


Keep in Touch

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