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Tacoma Coalition Calls for ‘Tenants’ Bill of Rights’

The group wants to put more power in the hands of tenants, but the city has its own, competing proposal for addressing the housing crisis.

May 26, 2023 - The Urbanist

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Tacoma Developing New Housing Policy

The city’s Home in Tacoma plan is designed to address the region’s growth and rising housing prices, but faces local backlash over density and affordability concerns.

February 2, 2023 - The Urbanist

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Tacoma’s Lower Speed Limits Take Effect

The city hopes reducing speed limits will help them achieve their Vision Zero pledge.

January 3, 2023 - King 5 News

20 miles per hour speed limit sign in school zone

Tacoma Lowers Speed Limits as Part of Vision Zero Plan

The city voted to reduce speed limits on residential and some arterial streets in an effort to improve traffic safety and reduce the risk of death or serious injury when crashes occur.

August 8, 2022 - The Suburban Times

Mount Rainier

Tacoma Density Plan Moves to Phase Two

The Home in Tacoma plan would amend the city's zoning code to include more 'missing middle' housing types and encourage infill development.

April 7, 2022 - The Urbanist

Mount Rainier

How Tacoma Can Build More Equitable Transit

Advocates are calling for a 0.1 percent sales tax increase that could fund improved service and lower fares for the city's struggling transit system.

November 16, 2021 - The Urbanist

Tacoma Washington

Sweeping Residential Zoning Reform Advances in Tacoma

Zoning and land use changes proposed in the Home in Tacoma plan, an element of the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, was approved this month by the Tacoma Planning Commission.

May 28, 2021 - The Urbanist


Tacoma Plan Would Eliminate Single-Family Zoning in Favor of 'Missing Middle' Housing

If implemented, Home in Tacoma would create new housing categories to encourage more multi-family buildings.

March 21, 2021 - MyNorthwest

Mount Rainier

Upping Tacoma's Missing Middle Housing Game

Tacoma is looking to expand on the accessory dwelling unit reforms of the Home in Tacoma project by planning for new residential density along the city's transit routes.

January 26, 2021 - The Urbanist

Mount Rainier

An Incremental Upzoning Approved in Tacoma

Though it stops well short of a citywide upzoning, the city of Tacoma has still expanded its planned development envelope by upzoning residential neighborhoods around the city.

December 5, 2019 - The Urbanist

Tacoma Washington

Election 2019: Devastating Transportation Funding Loss in Pacific Northwest

Washington voters' approval of Initiative 976, which put a limit on car tab increases as well as repealing many motor vehicle fees, will have far-reaching consequences for funding road maintenance, transit, and bike and pedestrian projects.

November 9, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Housing Homeless

Disaster Shelters Housing the Homeless in Washington

Structures initially intended to temporarily house disaster victims are serving a new purpose in Tacoma, Washington—sheltering homeless people and getting them on the path to more permanent housing.

July 1, 2019 - Fast Company

Tacoma Bus Rapid Transit

'Hybrid' Bus Rapid Transit Design Preferred in Tacoma, Washington

A hybrid design (some protected lanes and some mixing with car traffic) is the preferred option for a planned bus rapid transit route on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, Washington.

April 19, 2019 - The Urbanist

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Tacoma Weighs Bus Rapid Transit

Pierce Transit has proposed a new Bus Rapid Transit line to speed travel, but Tacoma residents have bristled at the prospect of losing front lawns and parking spaces.

March 15, 2019 - KOMO News

Tacoma Washington

Accessory Dwelling Units Find Public Support in Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington, a city of over 200,000 residents in the Pacific Northwest, is making room for more.

March 6, 2019 - The Urbanist

Tacoma Washington

Tacoma Setting Land Use Barriers for Fossil Fuel

Even with a year-long halt on new projects, the city is grappling with plans for industrial land use.

October 18, 2018 - Sightline Institute

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Tacoma's Growing Transit System

Tacoma is growing, so the city is expanding light rail and introducing bus rapid transit.

September 25, 2018 - The Urbanist

Bus Rapid Transit Upgrade Coming to Tacoma-Spanaway Route

Pierce Transit has committed to bus rapid transit to replace convention bus service on Route 1 between the two cities in Pierce County, Washington.

July 16, 2018 - The Urbanist

Seattle Transit

Tacoma Link Extension Wins $75 Million in Federal Funding

A federal grant will allow Sound Transit to double the length of Tacoma's light rail system.

May 24, 2018 - Federal Transit Administration

Sound Transit Rendering

Planning Work Beginning on Sound Transit's Tacoma Dome Link Extension

Sound Transit is hard at work with a busy planning schedule for several light rail projects in the Tacoma area. A post on The Urbanist focuses on the scoping project for the Tacoma Dome Link extension.

May 9, 2018 - The Urbanist

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