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Home In Tacoma: AHAS Planning Actions

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Get Involved in the Discussion About Housing

On May 6, 2020 the Planning Commission finalized the project scope of work, based on input from the community. 


Planning Commission final Project Scope


Starting in September 2020, the City will begin focused outreach and policy analysis efforts. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to participate. Let us know if you want to receive email updates. 


Ways to Participate:

Home In Tacoma 

As part of the City’s Affordable Housing Action Strategy, we are launching the Home In Tacoma project to evaluate diverse housing types and inclusionary zoning options throughout Tacoma. The intent is to increase housing supply, create affordable housing options, and increase the choice of housing types throughout our neighborhoods.


Through 2020, 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 future Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, and Land Use Regulatory Code amendments.


Tacoma's Affordable Housing Action Strategy

Tacoma's Affordable Housing Action Strategy (AHAS) calls for a range of actions to address housing challenges.  AHAS Objective 1 sets a citywide target to create 6,000 new affordable housing units in ten years.  The Planning Commission and Planning and Development Services Department area implementing multiple ongoing initiatives and evaluating additional potential initiatives to achieve this target, including AHAS Action 1.2 Inclusionary Zoning and AHAS Action 1.8 Diverse Housing Types.


The AHAS is a strategic response to a changing housing market, increasing displacement pressure, and a widespread need for high-quality, affordable housing opportunities for all.  The strategy was developed in 2018 through a series of community listening sessions, focus groups, input from community partners, market studies, and review of past housing strategies.  The AHAS is intended to guide the City's affordable housing strategies, program development, and investments over the next ten years.

Missing Middle Housing Diagram




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:

October 8, 2020 Meeting 

HET Meeting Packet 


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


Audio Recording



Affordable Housing diagram


Staff Contact:

Elliott Barnett, Senior Planner

(253) 591-5389






Affordable Housing Action Strategy


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Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations


Tacoma's Equity Index