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Home In Tacoma - Phase 2: Implementation Is Underway

Work is underway on Home In Tacoma - Phase 2. This phase will implement the City's new housing growth strategy through zoning, standards, affordability and anti-displacement steps, and actions to support housing growth.  

 

Join the Discussion

Everyone has a stake in housing and neighborhoods. The City is inviting broad public input on topics including middle housing design, neighborhood amenities and infrastructure, and keeping housing affordable. 

 

Starting in January 2023 get involved by: 

  

Home In Tacoma online engagement forum

 

 

Sign up for email updates to learn about upcoming engagement opportunities and in-person meetings.

 

Thank you for your participation so far! 

  • The Housing Equity Champions program recruited almost 50 community members to help ensure every voice can be heard regarding Tacoma's housing future.

  • The City welcomed comments on the City's Environmental Impact Statement scope through February 10, 2023. Thank you for your comments!

  • We received about 1,100 survey results!

 

Learn more about Home in Tacoma Phase 2

Check out this recent segment from the March 2, 2023, episode of CityLine where our Senior Planner and our Strategic Initiative Coordinator sat down to discuss the work that has been done so far in Phase 2 and all the work that is currently underway. 

 

 

Regional Benchmarking Report Released

Middle housing zoning reforms are becoming more common nationwide. On January 4, 2023, the Planning Commission began review of a consultant report describing four cities in our region which changed their housing rules to support middle housing types. To learn more, review the Regional Benchmarking Report

 

Updates Provided to the Tacoma City Council

At the December 6, 2022 Study Session, the City Council discussed the next round of public engagement opportunities coming in January 2023. To view the recording, visit the City Council meetings web page

 

Home In Tacoma Phase 2 Project Scope is Ready to Go

On June 15, 2022, the Planning Commission finalized the project scope of work. The scope of work details how the City will conduct the public engagement and analysis for the project. Click on the document below to learn more:

 

Home In Tacoma Phase 2 Project Scope of Work

 

On March 16, 2022 the Planning Commission released a draft project scope of work and set a public hearing date for April 20, 2022 with written comments through April 30. The Commission received about 175 oral and written comments. The Commission used the feedback to finalize the project scope of work to align with community engagement recommendations. Many thanks to everyone who commented.

 

Written comments on the Scope of Work  

 

What's the Home In Tacoma Project? 


Ways to Participate

Home In Tacoma - Phase 2 works on how to get housing growth right by focusing on middle housing design, actions to support housing growth and strategies to keep housing affordable.  This community conversation on housing will take place in 2023 and will include multiple online and in person opportunities to participate.

 

Sign up for email updates to learn how to make your voice heard. 

graphic of the Phase 2 timeline

Meetings and Events

Meetings and events are being scheduled now. Stay tuned and contact staff with questions or meeting requests.

 

NOTE: More information is available below on City Council, Commission and Taskforce meetings.

  

Event Date & Time  Information
Housing Equity Champions Training  February 25, 2023, TBD
Pending 
North Slope Historic District  February 23, 2023, 6:30 PM Tacoma NSHD - Home (tacomanorthslope.org)
Proctor Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee February 9, 2923, 5:30 PM Proctor Neighborhood Plan homepage 
West Slope Neighborhood Coalition January 26, 2023, 7 PM  West Slope Neighborhood Coalition webpage 
City Council (IPS) Committee January 25, 2023, 4:30 PM  www.cityoftacoma.org/citycouncil
AHAS Technical Advisory Group January 25, 2023, 12:30 PM  www.cityoftacoma.org/ahas
Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs  January 23, 2023, 5:30 PM  CIRA Homepage
Tacoma Permit Advisory Group  January 18, 2023, 2 PM TPAG Homepage
Tacoma Area Commission On Disabilities (TACOD) January 13, 2023, 3:30 PM TACOD Homepage
Planning Commission January 4, 2023, 5 PM Planning Commission homepage

 

 

Planning Process 

Tacoma's Planning Commission provides oversight and guidance on planning initiatives and will make recommendations to the City Council on Home In Tacoma - Phase 2. Multiple City Commissions and Taskforces, as well as professional and community groups will share their expertise and perspectives along the way. 


City Council, Commissions and Taskforces

City Council

The City Council are our elected leaders vested with the responsibility of making important decisions for the future of our community. City Council Committees are appointed to focus more closely on specific issues. The Council and Council Committees have discussed Home In Tacoma on the following dates (see the City Council web page for materials and recordings):

  • December 6, 2022 Study Session
  • October 12, 2022 Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability Committee
  • February 22, 2022 Study Session 

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a group of community volunteers tasked by the City Council with analysis, engagement and recommendations on Home In Tacoma - Phase 2. To learn more visit the Planning Commission's homepage

 

Home In Tacoma 01-04-23 Packet

Home In Tacoma 10-19-22 Packet 

Home In Tacoma 09-21-22 Packet 

Home In Tacoma 06-15-22 Packet 

Home In Tacoma 06-01-22 Packet  

Home In Tacoma 04-20-22 Packet (Public Hearing)

Home In Tacoma 03-16-22 Packet

 

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

 

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

HET Meetings are Currently on Pause 

As of June 2022, the Housing Equity Taskforce is on temporary pause to give time to update the membership and to develop a more specific scope of work. 

 

Home In Tacoma - Phase 1 Information

The City Council adopted a new housing growth strategy supporting middle housing citywide, along with policies calling for actions to ensure that housing growth meets multiple goals in December 2021. To learn more about Phase 1, see the information below.

Home In Tacoma - Phase 1

Home In Tacoma Phase 1 Adopted

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

 

The City Council's action adopted a new housing growth vision, updated housing policies, enabled Missing Middle Housing in Tacoma's neighborhoods, called for actions to ensure Tacoma gets housing growth right, and called for actions to make housing more affordable.

 

Ordinance 28793 also initiated Phase 2 - an initiative to develop zoning, standards and actions to support housing growth.

 

In addition, Ordinance 28793 adopted a package of near-term code changes and a Housing Action Plan guiding long-term efforts to better meet housing goals. 

 

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:

 

Home In Tacoma - Phase 1 Interactive Webpage 

  

Planning Commission & Housing Equity Taskforce Materials for Phase 1

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

Meeting Title Date Links 
Planning Commission   March 12, 2022  Home In Tacoma Phase 2 Draft Scope of Work
Planning Commission  May 19, 2021

Planning Commission packet May 19, 2021 (recommendations to City Council), 

additional materials 

recommended housing growth scenario map

Planning Commission April 21, 2021

Planning Commission packet April 21, 2021 Public Hearing Debrief (includes public comments and issues summary)

Planning Commission  April 7, 2021

Planning Commission packet April 7, 2021 Public Hearing 

Planning Commission 
February 17, 2021

Planning Commission packet February 17, 2021 

Housing Equity Taskforce Recommendations

Staff Report

Proposed Comprehensive Plan changes

Proposed Near-term Code changes

Housing Action Plan

Existing Conditions Report 

Planning Commission  February 3, 2021

Planning Commission packet February 3, 2021 

Planning Commission  January 6, 2021

Planning Commission packet January 6, 2021 

Planning Commission  December 16, 2020

Planning Commission packet December 16, 2020 

Planning Commission  November 18, 2020

Planning Commission packet November 18, 2020  

Planning Commission  September 2, 2020 

Planning Commission packet for September 2, 2020  

Planning Commission 
May 6, 2020 

Planning Commission 05-06-20

Home In Tacoma Project Scoping Report

Planning Commission February 19, 2020 

Planning Commission Public Hearing 02-19-20

 

Planning Commission January 30, 2020

Planning Commission draft Scoping Report 01-30-20 

Planning Commission January 15, 2020

Planning Commission packet 01-15-20 

Planning Commission December 18, 2019 Planning Commission packet 12-18-19
Planning Commission December 4, 2019

Planning Commission packet 12-04-19 

Planning Commission  October 2, 2019

Planning Commission packet 10-02-19

 

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

 

Housing Equity Taskforce

Meeting Title Date Link
Housing Equity Taskforce  May 12, 2022 HET Packet May 12, 2022 
Housing Equity Taskforce
March 10, 2022   
Housing Equity Taskforce  February 10, 2022   
Housing Equity Taskforce  November 18, 2021  HET Meeting Packet   
Housing Equity Taskforce October 14, 2021  HET Meeting Packet  
Housing Equity Taskforce  September 9, 2021  HET Meeting Packet  
Housing Equity Taskforce  July 8, 2021  HET Meeting Packet
Housing Equity Taskforce   May13, 2021  HET Meeting Packet  
Housing Equity Taskforce  March 18, 2021   
Housing Equity Taskforce  February 4, 2021  HET Meeting Packet 
Housing Equity Taskforce   January 7, 2021  HET Meeting Packet  
Housing Equity Taskforce  December 3, 2020 

HET Meeting Packet

Mentimeter Exercise

Housing Equity Taskforce 
November 5, 2020

HET Meeting Packet 

Presentation

Audio Recording

Housing Equity Taskforce 
October 8, 2020 

HET Meeting Packet 

Presentation 

Audio Recording 

Housing Equity Taskforce  September 10, 2020

HET Meeting Packet

Presentation

Audio Recording 

 

City Council Actions

Meeting Title Date Links
City Council Meeting December 7, 2021

City of Tacoma - Calendar (legistar.com)

Home In Tacoma - Amendment 1 

City Council Meeting December 1, 2021

Potential Council Changes December 1, 2021

view the video recording

Council Meeting  November 23, 2021 Staff presentation, video is posted here 
City Council Meeting  November 16, 2021

meeting agenda

video

City Council Public Hearing  July 13, 2021

written comments

video at City of Tacoma - Calendar (legistar.com)

City Council Committee of the Whole July 20, 2021 Committee of the Whole 
City Council Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee   October 27, 2021

IPS Committee Final Recommendations 

IPS Committee Recommended Housing Growth Scenario map 

City Council Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee September 8, 2021 September 8, 2021 packet  

 

Past Community Meetings and Events

Meeting Title Date
South End Neighborhood Council  May 3, 2021 
North End Neighborhood Council
April 5, 2021 
Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Council Executive Session  April 1, 2021 
AHAS Technical Advisory Group  March 31, 2021  
Hilltop Action Coalition  March 29, 2021 
City Council Study Session  March 23, 2021 
Landmarks Preservation Commission  March 24, 2021 
Information Session  March 18, 2021
Eastside Neighborhood Council  March 15, 2021 
Tacoma Permit Advisory Taskforce
March 11, 2021 
Central Tacoma Neighborhood Council
March 4, 2021  
Community Council of Tacoma  February 25, 2021 
Landmarks Preservation Commission  January 27, 2021 
North End Neighborhood Council
January 4, 2021 
Transportation Commission December 16, 2020 
Commission on Disabilities  December 11, 2020
Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs  December 9, 2020
Sustainable Tacoma Commission  November 19, 2020 
City Council Study Session
November 10, 2020 

 

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

 

 

Keep in Touch

Sign up to receive project updates or email comments and questions to: homeintacoma@cityoftacoma.org


Learn More About Our Efforts on Affordable Housing

 

Affordable Housing diagram

 

Staff Contact:

Elliott Barnett, Senior Planner

(253) 312-4909

Email

 

 

Related Efforts:

 

Affordable Housing Action Strategy

 

Residential Infill Pilot Program 

 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

 

Tacoma's Equity Index