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McKinley Hill Neighborhood

McKinley Hill Neighborhood Plan

McKinley Hill

The City’s pilot Neighborhood Planning Program (NPP) provides enhanced planning and development support to help communities create strong, vibrant, and diverse neighborhoods. 

 

City Council identified the McKinley Hill Neighborhood as a priority for the pilot year of the Neighborhood Planning Program. The McKinley NPP will focus on: 

  • Building neighborhood capacity and community 

  • Supporting a vibrant business district 

  • Neighborhood identity/character  

  • Creating a healthy and sustainable neighborhood  

  • Community engagement for the future of the Gault School site  

For the purpose of this plan, we are defining “neighborhood” as the Mixed-Use Center (business district) and the surrounding residential neighborhood. These boundaries may be adjusted during the planning process, but it is important to include public amenities (such as parks and schools) that service the core neighborhood. 

McKinley Hill

Program Updates

Share your feedback on the draft plan through September 19, 2022 through our online engagement platform

The Call: Get Involved, Stay Engaged! 

Neighborhood residents, led by a Steering Committee, will determine the goals of the plan and assist with creating a roadmap for implementation. Please contact neighborhoodplanning@cityoftacoma.org if you’re interested in participating. The only requirement is that you live, work, or spend substantial time in McKinley Hill.   

 

Ways to get involved include: 

  • Joining the Steering Committee in your neighborhood, or participating in one of our issue-focused task forces 
  • Participating in monthly events to learn more and share your feedback about specific neighborhood topics (see below for details)
  • Volunteering to assist with surveys, leading outreach, hosting an event, or helping build connections with community members who prefer Spanish, Russian, Khmer, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, ASL or other languages.
  • Responding to surveys  
  • Helping to create art or greenspaces

The NPP is also working with the Action Mapping Project through University of Washington Tacoma to engage hundreds of middle- and high-school students from East Tacoma in the planning process.   

 

Share your feedback on the draft McKinley Hill Neighborhood Plan!

  

Estimated Timeline

We kicked off the project in early 2022 and will complete early implementation within 12 to 18 months.

 

January-March 2022: Neighborhood profile; launch outreach

April-June: Evaluate existing conditions and identify projects and recommendations

July-September: Draft plan for community feedback, identify resources, and begin early implementation

Fall 2022 – Winter 2023: Finalize plan and roadmap for implementation

2023 and beyond: Implementation  

Project Funding 

Although major projects will be accomplished through partnerships between the City and its partners, the NPP will also provide $50,000 of direct funding for a community-identified project, such as: 

  • Community identity/history   
  • Art installations 
  • Physical improvements  
  • Cleanup efforts  
  • Recognition/protection of cultural/historic resources  
  • Sustainability/Health  
  • Some elements of streetscape

Community Events

Join Our Monthly Events

Every month through summer 2022, we will hold a public event to address different aspects of the plan and offer opportunities for you to share your feedback. Check back for more detail on upcoming events.

 

Past Community Event Information

Date Topic Materials
February 3, 2022 Virtual Plan-A-Thon Kick-Off Event: Introduction to Neighborhood Planning

Video

Presentation

Summary Notes

March 10, 2022 Neighborhood History + Identity: Virtual Tour and Arts/Culture/Identity Discussion

 Video

Presentation

Summary Notes

Historic Survey Report

May 9, 2022 Community Walk + Talk: Neighborhood Mapping and Walkability
Summary Notes
July 10, 2022 McKinley Hill Family Fun in the Park  Summary Notes  
September 10, 2022  McKinley Neighborhood Fair - learn more on Facebook  Summary Notes

 

Steering Committee Meetings

Date Topic Materials
February 24, 2022
Steering Group Meeting #1

Agenda

Presentation

Minutes

Audio

March 28, 2022
Steering Group Meeting #2

Agenda

Presentation
Minutes

Audio

April 25, 2022
Steering Group Meeting #3

Agenda

Presentation

Minutes

Audio

May 23, 2022
Steering Group Meeting #4

Agenda

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

Minutes

Audio

June 27, 2022
Steering Group Meeting #5

Agenda

Presentation

Action Matrix Draft

Minutes

Audio

July 25, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #6

Agenda

Presentation

Audio

August 8, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #7

Agenda

Presentation

Minutes

Audio

September 26, 2022 Steering Group Meeting #8

Agenda

Presentation

Audio

 

Arts Project Committee Meetings

 

Date Topic Materials
July 20, 2022 Arts Project Committee Meeting #1

Agenda

Audio

August 10, 2022 Arts Project Committee Meeting #2

Agenda

Audio


Join a Project Committee

As we work together to develop an action plan and begin implementing it over the next 12-18 months, we’ll be launching project committees - which will report back to the public and steering committee. Those working groups will likely focus on: 

  • Arts and Identity (almost full)  
  • Walkability and Traffic Calming  
  • Open Space, Recreation, and Environment  
  • Business District Vitality  
  • Housing and Affordability  
  • Capacity-Building, Grant-Writing, and Implementation

If you’re interested in joining a project committee, please fill out our interest formWe’ll reach out directly as we begin forming these groups throughout the spring.

Questions?

Email your Neighborhood Planner

 
Staff
Lauren Hoogkamer, MSUP/MSHP 
Principal Planner
Email
(253) 591-5254 

 

Anneka Olson, MA

Senior Planner

Email

(253) 331-3742

 

Learn More
Join our general distribution list

Join the McKinley Hill NPP distribution list

 

Documents 

Tacoma's Mixed-Use Centers 

 

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