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Project Updates

On February 17, 2021 the Planning Commission authorized release of the Home In Tacoma Project policy recommendations for public review and comment. The materials are being finalized and will be posted here soon. The City will then notify the community and invite public comments. 

 

INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. on ZOOM (with Spanish translation)

 

PUBLIC HEARING

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m. on ZOOM

 

Stay tuned for the ZOOM meeting links.

 

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
  • 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    

Draft materials will be posted here soon. 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. 

 

Ways to Participate

Through Spring 2021, Tacoma’s Planning Commission is asking the community to join in a discussion about housing needs, development trends, zoning, and neighborhood change. Using community ideas and feedback, the Commission will make recommendations to the City Council for Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, and Land Use Regulatory Code amendments.

 

The Housing Survey has Closed

The survey results are being reviewed and will be used to help inform the our housing strategy. 

 

We will post the results soon.

  

 

Home In Tacoma Project Interactive Website 

 

Meetings and Events

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

  • Planning Commission Public Hearing: April 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. (see Planning Commission section for meeting info)
  • North End Neighborhood Council: March 5, 2021 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission: March 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Information Session: March 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  
  • City Council Study Session: March 16, 2021 starting at noon 
  • 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

 

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Get Involved in the Discussion About Housing 

Tacoma is facing a housing crisis. It is becoming more difficult to find housing we can afford, particularly for people with fixed or lower incomes. In response, the City is revisiting the rules governing housing development to allow more diverse housing types, often called Missing Middle Housing. The City is also exploring incentives to partner with housing developers to create affordable housing in rapidly growing areas. The intent is to increase housing supply, create affordable housing options, and increase the choice of housing types throughout our neighborhoods.

 

The Home In Tacoma Project is guided by the policy work done through Tacoma's One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, Affordable Housing Action Strategy and Equity Index. The project continues recent efforts to expand housing choices, including Tacoma's Accessory Dwelling Units Updates. 

 

Tacoma's Residential Infill Pilot Program has recently been updated to invite a new round of proposed infill projects. 

 

 

 

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.

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. 

 

Public Meetings 

HET meetings take place the first Thursdays of each month at 5:30 PM and are open to the public.

 

Here's how to virtually attend:

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 

Presentation

Audio Recording

 

October 8, 2020 Meeting 

HET Meeting Packet 

Presentation 

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

Presentation

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

 

Resource Library

Many communities, including Tacoma, are working on addressing housing challenges now. Here are resources to inform Tacoma's efforts.

 

Affordable Housing Planning Resources (WA Dept. of Commerce)

Housing Action Plan Grant Agreement

How We Got Here: A Reckoning With U.S. and Tacoma History

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health and Housing Equity

Puget Sound Regional Council Vision 2050 - Housing Chapter (draft)

PSRC Housing Innovations Program

Inclusionary Upzoning: Tying Growth to Affordability (Robert Hickey 2014)

Missing Middle Housing (Opticos Design) 

 

Missing Middle Housing Diagram


“Missing Middle is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.”www.missingmiddlehousing.com

 

 

 

Keep in Touch

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

 

Learn More About Our Efforts on Affordable Housing