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South Tacoma Neighborhood

South Tacoma Neighborhood PlanSTW Mural


The City’s Neighborhood Planning Program (NPP) provides enhanced planning and development support to help communities create strong, vibrant, and diverse neighborhoods.  City Council identified the South Tacoma Neighborhood as the location of the third Neighborhood Plan, launching in 2024. Plan goals and actions will be identified by the community through the planning process.


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Art installations and murals
  • Cleanup efforts 
  • Community identity, placemaking, and history  
  • Recognition and/or protection of cultural/historic resources 
  • Sustainability and environmental health actions, such as tree plantings  
  • Some elements of streetscape and public amenities
  • Some elements of safety/traffic calming
  • Determining the use of specific sites or properties 

What's Happening Now?


We are collecting input from the community via surveys, events, and focus groups! Check out our online engagement platform to learn more about ways to be involved, and:

  • Take our community priorities survey (also available in Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese) 
  • Sign up for our mailing list 
  • Contact us about scheduling a focus group or presentation for your group!

Learn more about what's happening now at our online engagement platform!

Learn more about other South Tacoma projects at https://cityoftacoma.org/spotlightsouthtacoma.


South Tacoma Neighborhood
The South Tacoma Neighborhood Plan will focus our recommendations on the core commercial areas

South Tacoma Neighborhood

 and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. This area includes the South Tacoma Business District and Mixed-Use Center (roughly S Tacoma Way, S Washington St, and S Puget Sound Ave between S 47th St and S 58th St), and we will work closely with residents in the wider surrounding neighborhood to address how people access key neighborhood amenities and destinations. Click here for map PDF.  


 The Call: Get Involved, Stay Engaged! Neighborhood stakeholders, led by a Steering Group working closely with City staff and a consultant team, will determine the goals of the plan and assist with creating a roadmap for implementation. Ways to get involved include:

  • Share your feedback on our online engagement platform
  • Join the Steering Group to help guide the Plan (deadline was March 11)
  • Participate in events and take surveys to share your feedback
  • Volunteer to assist with surveys, leading outreach, hosting an event, or helping build connections with community members who prefer Spanish, Russian, Khmer, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, ASL or other languages. 

Stipends may be provided for specific contributions.


Estimated Timeline
We launched the program in January 2024 and anticipate completing the Plan and starting the early implementation process within 12 to 18 months.
Winter 2024: Neighborhood profile, existing conditions, and outreach 
Spring 2024:  Collect project ideas and hear priorities from the community
Summer – Fall 2024: Develop draft plan and collect community feedback  
Winter 2025: Council adoption; begin implementation 
Project Funding
The Neighborhood Planning Program will provide funding for technical support by a consultant team and $50,000 for initial implementation, as determined by the community. Major projects will be accomplished through partnerships between the City and our partners.


Past Community Events

Topic Materials
January 25, 2024 Spotlight on South Tacoma: Community Conversation Learn more at the project web page
February 29, 2024 Neighborhood Plan-A-Thon



Event Summary

March 21, 2024 Spotlight on South Tacoma: Open House Event Summary
April 13, 2024 South Tacoma Way Walking Tour Event Summary
May 30, 2024 To-date engagement summaries were shared with the South Tacoma Neighborhood Plan Steering Group.

South Tacoma Neighborhood Plan Community Interview Summary


South Tacoma Neighborhood Plan Community Survey Summary


Steering Group Meetings

Date Topic Materials
March 28, 2024 Steering Group Meeting #1





April 25, 2024 Steering Group Meeting #2





May 30, 2024 Steering Group Meeting #3


Workshop Notes

June 27, 2024 Steering Group Meeting #4





Neighborhood Planning Program


Email your Neighborhood Planner

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


Anneka Olson, MA

Senior Planner


(253) 331-3742


Learn More
Join our general distribution list


Join the South Tacoma NPP distribution list


Associated Processes

South Tacoma Historic Property Survey


South Tacoma Ground Water Protection District


Spotlight on South Tacoma


Sound Transit South Tacoma Station Access Improvements


Metro Parks Co-Create to Recreate



Tacoma's Mixed-Use Centers 



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