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Home In Tacoma Project: AHAS Planning Actions

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Provide Comments on Proposed Housing Actions

On February 17, 2021 the Planning Commission authorized release of the Home In Tacoma Project policy recommendations for public review and comment.  

 

Project Overview 

 

Click the link to view and comment:

 

Home in Tacoma Housing Scenarios Map

 

Public Hearing

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 starting at 5:30 PM on ZOOM

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82197923401

Dial: +1 253 215 8782 

Webinar ID: 821 9792 3401

 

Public Hearing Notice 

   

Frequently Asked Questions

Home In Tacoma Project FAQ - this information to intended to help everyone understand and participate in the project.

 

Information Meeting

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

 

 

Comments are due by Friday, April 9, 2021 

 

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, such as duplexes, triplexes, cottage housing, and in some cases fourplexes and small multifamily housing
  • 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    

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. 

 

Public Review Materials

Housing Equity Taskforce Recommendations

Staff Report

Proposed Comprehensive Plan changes

Proposed Near-term Code changes

Housing Action Plan

Existing Conditions Report

 

SEPA Review

Preliminary Environmental Determination 

Housing Growth Memo

Consultation Process Letters 

 

Meetings and Events

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

  • Planning Commission Debrief of Public Hearing: April 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Housing Equity Taskforce: April 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. (see HET section for meeting info) 
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing: April 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. (see Planning Commission section for meeting info)
  • North End Neighborhood Council: April 5, 2021 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Council Executive Session: April 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • AHAS Technical Advisory Group: March 31, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Hilltop Action Coalition: March 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • City Council Study Session: March 23, 2021 starting at noon 
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission: March 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Information Session: March 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  
  • Eastside Neighborhood Council: March 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tacoma Permit Advisory Taskforce: March 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Central Tacoma Neighborhood Council: March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • 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

 

 

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 

The HET will meet on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM. Meetings are open to the public.

 

Here's how to virtually attend:

April 8, 2021 Meeting

HET Meeting Packet 

 

March 18, 2021 Meeting

No formal meeting packet

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Housing Choices Survey

The City received 870 responses to the survey, providing valuable insights into community perspectives on housing choices. To learn more:

Housing Choices Survey Analysis DRAFT

 

Home In Tacoma Project Interactive Website 

 

 

Keep in Touch

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

 

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