Public feedback needed on City’s “Home in Tacoma” proposed housing actions by Friday, April 9, 2021

The City of Tacoma is seeking public feedback on proposed housing actions, and there are still a couple of opportunities to learn more and participate in the coming weeks. 

Learn more at 

  • NENC Meeting on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., online via Zoom:  
    Q&A with City Planning staff on the Home in Tacoma project:
    Meeting ID: 873 6644 1708
    Passcode: 702290 
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 starting at 5:30 p.m., online via Zoom:
    Dial: +1 253 215 8782
    Webinar ID: 821 9792 3401  
  • Submit written comments by Friday, April 9, 2021 to or using the Home in Tacoma Scenarios Map (click here)


More information from the City website:

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. 

View housing scenarios and comment directly online using the Home in Tacoma scenarios map:

See also the interactive website:

Sign up to receive project updates or email comments and questions to: 



Spreading Cheer Across Tacoma’s North End through ‘Holiday Windows!’ (apply by Oct. 30)

We want you all to know about ‘Holiday Windows!’

At NENC, we’re a part of this great initiative and are encouraged to see it bring cheer across Tacoma’s North End through a neighborhood ‘advent calendar,’ where a total of 24 residents and businesses will decorate their windows in celebration of the season!

Each day, between December 1-24, a new beautifully decorated window will be revealed at 6PM across Tacoma’s North End.

Visit and submit your entry by October 30, 2020, and hopefully you can be a part of ‘Holiday Windows,’ a new celebration of community in the North End!


City schedules Public Hearing Oct. 6, 2020 on Residential Infill Pilot Program


On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the City Council will conduct a public hearing on the potential reauthorization, extension, and modification of the Residential Infill Pilot Program, as codified in the Tacoma Municipal Code, Section 13.05.060.

The hearing will be held during the City Council meeting and will begin upon completion of the regular agenda items, no earlier than 5:15 p.m.

For additional details, please see below or view the full public notice at

In response to community and City leaders concerns about displacement and an immediate need for more housing in the Tacoma, Council adopted Ordinance 28336. The ordinance allowed for the creation of the Residential Infill Pilot Program (TMC13.05.060) in 2016. The program promotes innovative residential infill housing while ensuring high‐quality and neighborhood compatibility by providing tools to evaluate new housing types, exploring housing diversity, and informing future Council decisions. The current program has reached capacity. The proposed modifications to the Residential Infill Pilot Program, which are summarized below, would extend and expand the program and provide new flexibilities.

For more information and the draft program documents, visit

Expand Infill Housing Types:

  • Add a new Planned Infill Housing category (formerly referred to as Density‐based Housing)
  • Increase the number of each housing type allowed through the program

Modify design requirements and other standards, including:

  • Increase flexibility for the Two‐family Housing type by removing the requirement to be on a corner lot, and to present the general appearance of a detached single‐family dwelling
  • Increase emphasis on qualitative design review of all categories
  • Other changes for improved design outcomes, program clarity and consistency with Building Code
  • Remove parking requirement for projects reviewed by the Infill Pilot Program

Streamline the permit process

  • Integrate the Infill Pilot Program review process into the Conditional Use Permit process (ratherthan requiring both separately.
  • Update the program handbook to reflect changes and promote quality and performance through improved guidance.

Application for 2021 Community Arts Projects Funding Available – deadline is Nov. 9, 2020

The Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2021 Community Arts Projects funding application is now available and the City asked us to help get the word out!

See the press release below for more information. The guidelines and application instructions are attached here as a PDF. They are also available online at

Deadline for applications is November 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.


A free workshop to go over the Community Arts Projects funding application and answer questions will be held virtually on Thursday, October 8, from 5:30 – 7 pm at

This workshop will be recorded and posted at First time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend or watch the recording.


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