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McKinley Hill Neighborhood

McKinley Hill Neighborhood Plan

McKinley Hill

The City’s pilot Neighborhood Planning Program (NPP) provides enhanced planning and development support to help communities create strong, vibrant, and diverse neighborhoods. 


City Council identified the McKinley Hill Neighborhood as a priority for the pilot year of the Neighborhood Planning Program. The McKinley NPP will focus on: 

  • Building neighborhood capacity and community 

  • Supporting a vibrant business district 

  • Neighborhood identity/character  

  • Creating a healthy and sustainable neighborhood  

  • Community engagement for the future of the Gault School site  

McKinley Hill

For the purpose of this plan, we are defining “neighborhood” as the Mixed-Use Center (business district) and the surrounding residential neighborhood. These boundaries may be adjusted during the planning process, but it is important to include public amenities (such as parks and schools) that

service the core neighborhood. 


The Call: Get Involved, Stay Engaged! 

Neighborhood residents, led by a Steering Committee, will determine the goals of the plan and assist with creating a roadmap for implementation. Please contact neighborhoodplanning@cityoftacoma.org if you’re interested in participating. The only requirement is that you live, work, or spend substantial time in McKinley Hill.   


Ways to get involved include: 

  • Joining the Steering Committee in your neighborhood, or participating in one of our issue-focused task forces 
  • Participating in monthly events to learn more and share your feedback about specific neighborhood topics (see below for details)
  • Volunteering to assist with surveys, leading outreach, hosting an event, or helping build connections with community members who prefer Spanish, Russian, Khmer, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, ASL or other languages.
  • Responding to surveys  
  • Helping to create art or greenspaces

The NPP is also working with the Action Mapping Project through University of Washington Tacoma to engage hundreds of middle- and high-school students from East Tacoma in the planning process.   


Take the McKinley Hill Neighborhood Survey!



Join Our Monthly Events

Every month through summer 2022, we will hold a public event to address different aspects of the plan and offer opportunities for you to share your feedback. Check back for more detail on upcoming events.


    Family Fun at the Park


    Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Verlo Playfield

    Join us for this fun, family-friendly afternoon in the park! We'll have free refreshments and lawn games, and an opportunity for you to learn more about the Neighborhood Planning Program and meet your neighbors. The event will include a neighborhood mapping activity for you to identify where you'd like to see improvements made in the neighborhood, as well as giveaways and prizes.

    City staff will also be on hand to share information about ongoing City of Tacoma programs to respond to questions and talk about next steps to implement your vision for the neighborhood.


    Join a Working Group

    As we work together to develop an action plan and begin implementing it over the next 12-18 months, we’ll be launching Working Groups. Working Groups will report back to the public and steering committee. Those working groups will likely focus on: 

    • Arts and Identity (almost full)  
    • Walkability and Traffic Calming  
    • Open Space, Recreation, and Environment  
    • Business District Vitality  
    • Housing and Affordability  
    • Capacity-Building, Grant-Writing, and Implementation

    If you’re interested in joining a Working Group, please fill out our interest form. We’ll reach out directly as we begin forming these groups throughout the spring.


    Program Updates: Current Phase--Engagement

    • Public meetings--ongoing
    • Steering committee meetings--ongoing
    • Project Groups--pending
    • Consultant--on board
    • Intern--interviewing

    Meeting Materials


    Date Topic Materials
    June 27, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #5



    Action Matrix Draft



    May 23, 2022

    Steering Group Meeting #4


    Presentation 1

    Presentation 2



    May 9, 2022 Community Walk + Talk: Neighborhood Mapping and Walkability Summary Notes
    April 25, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #3





    March 28, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #2




    March 10, 2022 Neighborhood History + Identity: Virtual Tour and Arts/Culture/Identity Discussion



    Summary Notes

    Historic Survey Report

    February 24, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #1





    February 3, 2022 Virtual Plan-A-Thon Kick-Off Event: Introduction to Neighborhood Planning



    Summary Notes


    Estimated Timeline

    We kicked off the project in early 2022 and will complete early implementation within 12 to 18 months.


    January-March 2022: Neighborhood profile and outreach 

    April-June: Evaluate existing conditions and propose recommendations 

    July-September: Plan implementation and identify resources 

    October-December: Finalize plan and roadmap for implementation   


    Project Funding 

    Although major projects will be accomplished through partnerships between the City and its partners, the NPP will also provide $50,000 of direct funding to organized groups of residents or nonprofits to support implementation, such as: 

    • Community identity/history   
    • Art installations 
    • Physical improvements  
    • Cleanup efforts  
    • Recognition/protection of cultural/historic resources  
    • Sustainability/Health  
    • Some elements of streetscape


Email your Neighborhood Planner

Lauren Hoogkamer, MSUP/MSHP 
Principal Planner
(253) 591-5254 


Anneka Olson, MA

Senior Planner


(253) 331-3742


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