Community Event: Tacoma Creates Community Conversation – Heritage Focus (March 25, 2019)

Do you have an interest in heritage? Historic preservation? Historic districts? Then you’re going to want to be part of this Community Conversation. Inquiring minds want to know your ideas about how our local heritage organizations can expand programming in our community and to young people.

Tacoma Creates Community Conversation – Heritage Focus

March 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Check in and mingle: 5:30 pm
Overview of Tacoma Creates: 5:45 pm
Small group discussions: 6:15 pm

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Message from City Council Member Thoms about Neighborhood Rezoning Open House (March 18, 2019)

The message below was shared with NENC by City Council Member Robert Thoms on the upcoming City of Tacoma Open House on Neighborhood Rezoning, Monday, March 18, 2019, 6–8pm, at Stadium High School.

For more information visit the City’s web page on proposed 2019 Amendments or view the Open House flier.

Open Houses were held in each Council District in February-March, 2019. Council Member Thoms will attend the March 18th event.

From Council Member Thoms:
“This is an important meeting to ensure our neighborhoods are protected, and I want to make sure this event is widely attended.

As we look to clean up our codes, we shouldn’t allow our neighborhoods to be inundated with unmitigated impacts that come with density, such as lack of parking, lack of infrastructure like crosswalks, and insufficient patrols.

While I support density, I personally believe we, as a City, have too many Mixed Use Centers and these are being used as an excuse to upzone adjacent residential neighborhoods at a pace and scale that is potentially risky for the neighborhoods and that, frankly, doesn’t take into account the multitude of impacts to date that haven’t yet been addressed in our residential zones.

Those who care about our quality of life need our voices heard.  We say ”Quality of Life” all the time as a City but then we ask our neighborhoods to absorb more and more density without providing any relief in the form of residential parking, increased infrastructure investment, enforcement etc.  I believe our voices are not as loud as special interest groups that say single-family residential zoning is somehow exclusionary, that is certainly not my goal.  If the City and would-be development benefits our neighborhoods that is wonderful, but our history of addressing impacts is spotty at best, and non-existent in many cases.

I would like to have this event widely attended, that it is reported that neighbors came to share their concern, to ask the City for support and to be an effective partner.  With a good turnout we can send that message.

I think our quality of life is job number one for me as your Councilman and I will continue to fight hard to ensure our voices are heard.

Thank you,


Robert S. Thoms


CANCELLED – February 4, 2019 NENC Meeting (Weather)

The Feb. 4, 2019 meeting has been cancelled due to winter weather.

However, we encourage you to hear updates on discussions about Cushman-Adams from City Planner Elliott Barnett, about the next steps in process to determine the future use of these locally, national and state historic preservation buildings and properties.

Additionally, hear from Metro Parks Board President, Andrea Smith about what is happening to our spectacular park system. Find these conversations through the Tacoma Neighborhood Moments program under the North End segment, hosted by NENC Chair Kyle Price. Other links for other neighborhoods are also available.

Below are various ways to access these discussions.

YouTube Links:

City of Tacoma Video on Demand:

Here is the TV Tacoma airing schedule for Neighborhood Moment: Comcast: Ch 12 (standard definition) Ch 321 (high definition) CLICK!: Ch 12 (standard definition) Ch 512 (High definition) Monday 1:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 10 PM Tuesday 9:30 AM Wednesday 10:30 PM Thursday 2 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM Friday 12:30 AM, 11 AM, 3:30 PM Saturday 12 AM, 1:30 PM, 10:30 PM Sunday 12:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 10:30 PM


Head to Trimble Hall on the UPS campus for this month’s North End Neighborhood Council meeting. In addition to the regular updates from our liaisons in City government, we’ll have special presentations on changes to the city’s recycling program and changes to regulations affecting rental housing.

North End Neighborhood Council Meeting
Monday, February 4, 2019
6:00 p.m.
University of Puget Sound – Trimble Hall meeting room

Download / View the full Agenda


[NENC volunteers are working on updates to the NENC website; agendas and minutes can’t be posted to the website right now. Meeting info and agendas are still being posted, meanwhile, on the NENC Facebook page and sent via email – sign up here to receive notifications by email.]