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POLICE DEPARTMENT MAKES BIAS CRIME DATA AVAILABLE

Newly uploaded data on bias-based crimes reported in Tacoma is now available on Results253, the City of Tacoma’s portal to community-informed goals and data-driven decision-making.

Following is a listing of the total number of bias-based crimes reported in Tacoma per year since 2013: 2013 – 10; 2014 – 8; 2015 – 11; 2016 – 11; 2017 – 11.

Note: The data uploaded on bias-based crimes reported in Tacoma is not compliant with National Incident-Based Reporting System reporting standards and cannot be compared to any reports using that standard.
Additional data sets made available by the Tacoma Police Department are also available on Results253 at https://tinyurl.com/yblylco9.

CITY WORKS TO DEVELOP ACTION STRATEGY

Building upon its existing housing programs and policies, the City of Tacoma is working with its community partners to create a comprehensive action strategy addressing community needs relating to affordable housing.

“The City Council considers affordable housing to be a high priority,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “What we are working toward is a more cohesive strategy addressing this important issue, one that reflects better programmatic alignment throughout the City of Tacoma and its community partners.”

“Through this discussion, we will be analyzing infill and density, inclusionary zoning, and targets and costs,” said City Manager Elizabeth Pauli. “We are working with our community partners to develop better processes driven by community-informed, data driven decision-making to address the fact that homes in Tacoma have grown costlier and increasingly out-of-reach for our most vulnerable community members.”

Past efforts relating to affordable housing include the work of the Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group (AHPAG) formed in 2010. AHPAG developed 25 policy recommendations in seven categories. Many of the policies originating from AHPAG’s policy recommendations have been implemented over phases, culminating with the 2015 adoption of Ordinance No. 28336 which established incentives for affordable housing, among other public benefits, and created more regulatory flexibility for infill development.
“The work of the AHPAG will inform the work we are now doing,” said Acting Community and Economic Development Department Director Kim Bedier. “We will also factor in details contained within the Tacoma2025 strategic visioning framework, the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, and other reports into our final comprehensive action strategy which will align with the City of Tacoma’s other strategic initiatives.”

Updates about the City of Tacoma’s work to address needs relating to affordable housing will be made available soon on its website. More information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

COUNTY SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET EMPHASIZES PUBLIC SAFETY

The $3.7 million 2018 supplemental budget passed by the Pierce County Council focuses on supporting public safety, parks and community infrastructure improvements.

Public safety funding includes:

An additional FTE to handle abatement cases in the civil division of the Prosecuting Attorney’s office $500,000 to hire five additional Sheriff’s deputies

$98,000 toward a public safety memorial honoring first responders who lost their lives while serving the citizens of Pierce County

“Since 2017, the Council has authorized over 13 deputies and two lieutenants for the Sheriff’s Department, and this supplemental budget reflects the Council’s continued commitment to public safety,” said Doug Richardson, District 6 representative and chair of the County Council. “The Council continues to support and fund abatement resources to clean up the blighted properties in our neighborhoods. There is still much work to be done and we look forward to continuing to build on this work in the 2019 budget.”

Parks and community infrastructure improvements appropriated in the 2018 supplemental include:

  • $30,000 for the Red Barn Association to fund physical improvements
  • $1.3 million to Chambers Creek Regional Park to fund greens repairs and backfill revenue lost during the repairs
  • $48,000 to the Spana-Park Senior Center
  • $15,000 to fund ADA improvements at the Voights Creek Hatchery and 116th Street East
  • $1.2 million for a potential property purchase

The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2018-11s, the 2018 supplemental budget as amended. The new budget will take effect 10 calendar days after it is signed by Executive Bruce Dammeier.

For more information on the budget please visit piercecountywa.org/council.

PUBLIC HEARING COMING UP FOR MALL NEIGHBORHOOD SUBAREA PLAN

The Tacoma City Council will hold a public hearing during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., first Floor) to gather public comments on the draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan, associated code changes and Environmental Impact Statement. 

Planning staff will also conduct an informational meeting on Monday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 South Tacoma Way), to provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the plan prior to the public hearing.

The draft plan holds a vision, goals and actions to support positive growth and change in this 575-acre neighborhood. Key goals include promoting investment and job growth, providing transportation choices, improving livability and community health, protecting the environment, and empowering stakeholders. The associated zoning changes and impact statement are early implementation steps toward achieving those goals.

Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing, or beforehand to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org or 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402, by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

To review the draft Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan, visit tacomamallneighborhood.com, or contact Associate Planner Elliott Barnett at elliott.barnett@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5389.

More information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

MILROY BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

The Milroy Bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 while Pierce County crews repair guardrails on the north end of the bridge.

The bridge crosses the Puyallup River on 66th Avenue East between River Road East and North Levee Road East. Motorists will need to use an alternative route during the closure.

The guardrails have been damaged by passing vehicles.

The Milroy Bridge is a steel truss bridge built in 1931. It carries approximately 10,000 vehicles a day.

PEAK SEASON FERRY FARES START MAY 1

Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers. The base fare for vehicles up to 22 feet in length will increase from $18.35 to $23.85. Fares for seniors and disabled persons with vehicle will increase from $15.25 to $19.80. Value Pass, vehicle passenger and walk-on fares are the same year-round.

Use of non-peak season tickets is not allowed once peak season begins. Riders can request refunds through May 10 at www.piercecountywa.org/ferryfeedback. Peak season ends Sept. 30.

From 2014 to 2017, monthly ferry ridership averaged 19,554 during peak season and 14,255 during non-peak season.

Visit www.piercecountywa.org/2201/fares to see a full list of fares.

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