Neighborhood Council Month in Review - September

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Neighborhood Council Month in Review

September 2019

Program Highlights

Neighborhood Council Review

On Thursday September 26 the Community Vitality and Safety Committee heard recommended changes to the Neighborhood Council Program. The Committee recommended the changes be forwarded to the full council for consideration. The changes as forwarded can be found on the Neighborhood Council Webpage. The full council will hear the recommended changes at the following meetings: 

  • November 19, Study Session: 12 PM in Tacoma Municipal Building North Room 16
  • December 3, First Reading: 5 PM in the City Council Chambers
  • December 10, Second Reading and Final Approval: 5 PM in the City Council Chambers

October Training for Neighborhood Councils

As a part of the Neighborhood Council Program, Neighborhood and Community Services is piloting training courses for neighborhood leaders to help build capacity and skills. In September, neighborhood councils had the opportunity to participate in "Map your Neighborhood" training.

Coming up in October neighborhood leaders will have the opportunity to take a short course on local planning which is a 3-hour course on all things planning in Washington, and two equity related courses.

The first equity training will look at the City's equity index and how these profiles and information can assist you in outreach within your boundaries. 

Equity 101 training is required for all Neighborhood Councils in order to be funded in 2020. You can select one of the three options below for equity 101. You can click the dates below to access the Eventbrite page to RSVP. 

A Short Course on Local Planning

Wednesday, October 10, 2019

5:30 - 8 PM, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street

This version of the short course is specific to transportation planning. 

Tuesday October 15, 2019

6:15 – 9:15 PM, Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.

Register by email by clicking the date above. Include your name and organization (Tacoma Neighborhood Council). 



Equity Index and Neighborhood Profiles

Sunday October 13, 2019

10 AM – 12 PM, Fleet Ops, 3639 South Pine Street

Monday October 28, 2019

6 – 8 PM, Tacoma Municipal Building Room 248, 747 Market St.

Equity 101 (Required for Neighborhood Council Board Members)

Monday October 14

6 – 8 PM, Fleet Ops, 3639 South Pine Street

Tuesday October 22

6 - 8 PM, Fleet Ops, 3639 South Pine Street

Saturday October 26

9 -11 AM, Fleet Ops, 3639 South Pine Street

Any questions can be directed to program staff at

What's Going On?

Last month's emerging issues from across multiple neighborhood councils.

Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge is Open! -  The bridge formally known as the Puyallup River Bridge opened on September 14 to traffic. The bridge is located off of Portland and Puyallup Avenue and connects Tacoma to Fife. 

Apply for the Sustainable Tacoma Commission - The purpose of the Commission is to bring resident participation and accountability to the implementation of Tacoma’s Environmental Action Plan and to communicate and encourage public involvement in sustainability issues. Applications are accepted until October 8. 

Apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission - The Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Applications are accepted until October 10. 

Apply for the Citizen Police Advisory Committee - The Citizen Police Advisory Committee is an advisory panel that provides recommendation about Tacoma Police Department policy to the City Council. The Committee is responsible for conducting policy review, reviewing trends in complaint investigation and statistical reports and engaging in community outreach.Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, October 17. 

Hilltop and Stadium Businesses are Open for Business - By 2022, Sound Transit’s Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension project is projected to be complete. Be sure to support local restaurants and retailers in Tacoma’s vibrant Hilltop and Stadium district neighborhoods by visiting them now, while work is taking place.

Arts Project Funding Opportunity - The Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2020 Arts Projects funding application is now available. Deadline for applications is November 4. A free workshop to go over the Arts Projects funding application and answer questions will be held from 5:30 – 7 PM on Thursday, October 3, at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 243. Any group who is considering applying is encouraged to send a representative.

Ride Transit and Get Rewarded - All you have to do is download the Miles app to a smartphone. The app will automatically add points to your account when you take a Pierce Transit bus route. Pierce Transit’s first challenge is to sign up with Miles and ride a Pierce Transit bus. The first 300 people who do will be rewarded with a $5 Starbucks gift card. 

Upcoming Events and Public Hearings

Coffee with the Mayor - Join Mayor Woodards for the next coffee hour from 6 – 7 PM, Monday, October 21 at Starbucks (3737 S. G St.). 

Citizen's Forum - The next Citizen's Forum is Tuesday, October 8. Citizen's Forum is an opportunity to speak before Council on any matter the City has jurisdiction over

Celebrate the Completion of the Prairie Line Trail - The City of Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, the Washington State Historical Society and Downtown On the Go, invite the community to a walking tour and reception to celebrate the latest Prairie Line Trail milestone from 5:30-7:30 PM, Thursday October 3.

Celebrate Arts and Culture Month - October 2019 marks the 18th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month.

Homelessness Concerns - New Tacoma Neighborhood Council will be hosting a conversation on homelessness at their next regular meet at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 9. Join the board, Neighborhood and Community Services, and the Tacoma Police Department to hear a presentation on what is happening now and ask questions. 


Asked & Answered

Below are a list of topics and concerns that came up over the last month during Neighborhood Council meetings city-wide. Read on for clarifications and answers to your questions. 

You Asked for It

Question: What is the City Council doing to address concerns regarding the multi-family property tax exemption not providing enough affordable housing? (North End) 

Answer: The City Council is currently reviewing the MFPTE for improvements that will better serve the community and better address the affordable housing crisis. You can view the last update to the City Council Here