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 www.HolidayWindows.org 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

VIEW FULL NOTICE: http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/cityclerk/files/notices/Not20201006-Residential%20Infill%20Pilot%20Program%20Regulations.pdf

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 www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_council/Notices

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 www.cityoftacoma.org/infill.

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 www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.

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 https://tinyurl.com/y3gk5zku

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


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Interactive Workshop this Friday, Jul 31 – “Tacoma’s Budget in the Time of Covid-19”

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The City of Tacoma is inviting the community to tell them what resources and services are important as they decide how to balance the City’s budget in light of a projected $67 million deficit in 2021-2022.  

The event is this Friday, July 31, 2020, at noon.

Please help share the event with friends and neighbors: