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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.


The Initial Zoning and Standards Package is the most up-to-date place to see where City staff are in the process of developing the Home In Tacoma policy. 


 Updated Project Timeline

Timeline for Home in Tacoma


City Council District Open House Meetings

The City Council meetings for this phase have wrapped up. Thank you for participating! We heard from 1,000 community members about their thoughts and ideas on the direction of the Home in Tacoma package. 


We have summarized our engagement activities and put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that the City received from these efforts, including the City Council Open House events. Explore the documents below:


HIT Round 2 Engagement Summary

Home In Tacoma Round 2 FAQs  


Join the Discussion

Get involved! 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. 


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


Share your ideas and dialogue with others on the Home In Tacoma online engagement forum:


Home In Tacoma online engagement forum 


Thank you for your participation so far! 

  • The Housing Equity Champions program recruited 24 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

  • We received about 1,100 survey results

  • Held seven in-person events and one virtual open house event, engaging 1,000 community members

Want to know what people are saying? Review the City's exhaustive report on Round 1 Home In Tacoma Housing Choice Survey Results. The survey results are also available in an interactive format on the Home In Tacoma online engagement forum. 


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

On May 16, 2023 the Tacoma City Council discussed the Home In Tacoma Project at the noon study session. The City Council also provided guidance on public engagement opportunities at the December 6, 2022 Study Session.


To join the meeting and view the recordings of past meetings, 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


Home In Tacoma Phase 2 will develop zoning districts to implement the City's Housing Growth Scenario Map adopted by the City Council in December 2021:


Home In Tacoma Phase 1 Map


What's the Home In Tacoma Project? 

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 Taskforce  September 28, 2023  12 PM Agenda and Zoom Meeting Information 
Housing Equity Champions Training  February 25, 2023, TBD
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 


Audio Recording

Housing Equity Taskforce 
October 8, 2020 

HET Meeting Packet 


Audio Recording 

Housing Equity Taskforce  September 10, 2020

HET Meeting Packet


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


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




Related Efforts:


Affordable Housing Action Strategy


Residential Infill Pilot Program 


Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations


Tacoma's Equity Index