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Spotlight on South Tacoma

Spotlight on South Tacoma

We’ve been hearing your questions about upcoming City of Tacoma initiatives, as well as other projects that will impact the future of South Tacoma. The City's Planning and Development Services Department held three events in early 2024 to better understand your questions, concerns, and vision for the future, and to identify ways that we can collaborate with you on making that vision a reality.


What’s Happening Now?
Now that the Spotlight on South Tacoma series has concluded, the City and our partner organizations will continue to engage the community in our ongoing work. Project staff will also coordinate internally to share information and align key initiatives. We look forward to continued collaboration!


Learn more about past events in the Spotlight on South Tacoma series below. 


South Tacoma Coordination

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Past Community Events

Date Topic Materials
January 25, 2024 Spotlight on South Tacoma: Community Conversation


Event Summary

February 29, 2024 Neighborhood Plan-A-Thon


South Tacoma Way Neighborhood Plan Webpage

March 21, 2024 Spotlight on South Tacoma: Open House

Event Summary

Summary of feedback collected by the Neighborhood Planning table


Explore Other Projects in South Tacoma 


South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District

The South Tacoma groundwater aquifer system serves as a significant source of drinking water for the City of Tacoma. The South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) protects the aquifer with requirements on the handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances by businesses located within this area. As mandated by the GMA and in accordance with City Council guidance, we are currently in the process of reviewing the City Code to determine if adjustments are needed to further protect the South Tacoma aquifer system. 

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South Tacoma Way Neighborhood Plan

The City’s Neighborhood Planning Program (NPP) provides enhanced planning and development support to help communities create strong, vibrant, and diverse neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Planning Program is working with the South Tacoma neighborhood over the next 18 months to support neighborhood identity and vitality, identify a vision for the future, and then to help implement that vision over the next 2-3 years. The South Tacoma Way Neighborhood Plan will be a guiding document that outlines community-identified projects, ideas, and actions to enhance and strengthen the neighborhood. The Plan will be developed through collaboration with South Tacoma neighbors, residents, businesses, and organizations throughout 2024, and will be informed by responses from surveys, community groups, and public meetings and events, led by a Steering Group of your neighbors. We will continue to work with partners and neighbors to support implementation in 2025 and beyond.

Learn more: South Tacoma Way Neighborhood Plan - City of Tacoma


Sound Transit South Tacoma Station Access Improvements

Sound Transit is investing in better walking, bicycling, and bus facilities in South Tacoma. Filling gaps such as missing sidewalks, ADA ramps, or protected bike lanes will make it easier to get to South Tacoma Station and Sounder train service, as well as destinations around the neighborhood.

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South Tacoma Mixed Use Center Historic Property Survey

Projected to be completed by August 2024, the survey will record approximately 200 buildings that are close to, or more than, 50 years of age. There is little existing data on historic properties within the South Tacoma Mixed Use Center, and any data gathered through the survey will inform the City’s planning, economic development, outreach, and education efforts. 


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Edison Elementary Safe Routes to School Improvements

The City of Tacoma's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program works to make it safer, more convenient, and fun for K-12 students and families to walk, bike, and actively roll to school. The Edison Elementary SRTS improvements began construction in summer 2023 along S. 60th Street between S. Alder Street to S. Oakes Street.

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Metro Parks Tacoma - Southwest Tacoma Engagement

Metro Parks’ current two-year Capital Improvement Plan (2023-2024 CIP) includes several Southwest Tacoma improvement projects. Additionally, Metro Parks is conducting an updated needs assessment for parks and facilities systemwide as we work toward a 2024 update of our six-year strategic plan. In response to community requests, Metro Parks is working to be more comprehensive in community conversations about these topics. This site is one tool that will be used to receive community input and help increase awareness of project timelines and status.

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Manitou Annexation Area

The Manitou Annexation Area is a 37-acre unincorporated Pierce County neighborhood located on the southwest corner of the city, near Lakewood Drive W. and 66th Street W. On December 12, 2023 the Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance 29894, which set an effective date for the annexation of the Manitou area from unincorporated Pierce County to the City of Tacoma on April 1, 2024. A Community Information Session is scheduled for February 10th, 2024 11:30 A.M -2:30 P.M at STAR Center

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Home In Tacoma - Phase 2

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 supply, affordability, and choice. In early 2024, Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and make recommendations for Home in Tacoma Phase 2 policy. 

Upcoming Home in Tacoma events include: 

  • Tuesday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom 

  • Thursday, February 22, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bates Technical College South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St. 

  • Wednesday, February 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at University of Puget Sound Upper Marshall Hall, 1500 N. Warner St. 

  • Saturday, March 2, 2-4 p.m. at Eastside Community Center Social Hall, 1721 E 56th St.

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One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan Update

Everyone in Tacoma deserves a city that keeps us safe, lets us live sustainably with our land and water, and contributes to our physical, social, and economic health. Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan is an important tool to achieve those goals. You can be part of shaping these decisions during the once-in-a-decade update to Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan, which is happening now through 2025. Opportunities to share your thoughts are coming soon and will include activities like surveys, events, workshops, and community meetings.

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Community Safety Action Strategy

The Community Safety Action Strategy will create a comprehensive, long-term approach to community safety and is an important part of continued efforts to achieve racial justice and equity in Tacoma. We have heard from Tacoma residents that safety means more than just policing and crime enforcement, it’s also being connected to neighbors, having safe streets, clean neighborhoods, having places for youth to play, and supporting families and businesses. For these reasons, the new Office of Strategy is leading the development of the Community Safety Action Strategy. This strategy will bring the community together to define safety, create a shared vision, and develop a coordinated holistic approach.


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