CITY GIVES UPDATE ON TACOMA MALL SUBAREA PLAN
After a multi-year public process, Tacoma City Council will soon take action on the proposed Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan. Council review and public input opportunities will take place April and May of 2018. Upcoming meetings include:
Informational hearing on Monday, April 16 at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Public hearing (date is tentative) on Tuesday, April 24 at City Council Chambers, 747 Market St.; testimony to begin around 5:15 p.m.
On Feb. 28 the City Council Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee recommended that the Subarea Plan move forward to full City Council review, with the following changes to the Planning Commission’s October 2017 recommendations:
Regional Growth Center (RGC) boundary: Revises the RGC and industrial transition boundary, reducing the proposed expansion area along the northwestern edge of the Subarea by about 28 acres.
Madison District zoning strategy: Increases Madison District (southwestern quadrant) maximum height to 75 feet, modifies the proposed green streets strategy, and establishes a mandatory affordable housing requirement.
Connectivity and pedestrian/bicycle standards: Increases proposed regulatory thresholds and design flexibility to link requirements to larger-scale development.
Parks and open space: Updates the parks and open space strategy to ensure consistency with Metro Parks Tacoma’s recently adopted 2018 Strategic Plan.
Townhouse design: Prohibits townhouse front doors facing alleys, unless the alley is fully paved, and improved with a sidewalk and street trees on one side.
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?
The City of Tacoma is developing a Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 580-acre proposed Regional Growth Center (the current 485-acre Tacoma Mall Regional Growth Center and a proposed 90-acre expansion area). The area is designated by the City of Tacoma and the Puget Sound Regional Council for substantial jobs and housing growth. The Subarea Plan initiates innovative planning and policy actions to help the area achieve its potential as a thriving, livable, walkable and transit-ready urban neighborhood. Key proposed actions include:
90-acre expansion of the RGC and rezone to allow mixed-use development
Zoning and design standard changes to better ensure the desired urban form, facilitate effective transitions, and improve the pedestrian environment
Area-wide green stormwater strategy and 25 percent tree canopy target
Area-wide transportation strategy including capital investments, expanded transit service and connectivity requirements with major development
Parks and open space strategy to support urban form, livability and environmental goals
Promotion of housing options, complete neighborhood amenities, and a vibrant local culture
Coordinated provision of infrastructure and services, and streamlined City environmental review
An action plan for collaborative implementation by the City, public partners and the community
For more information, visit www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.
PIERCE COUNTY READS EXPLORES CIVILs RIGHT MOVEMENT
The powerful words and images of the civil rights movement continue to inspire people of all ages. Pierce County Library System revisits the events and emotions of the civil rights movement this spring with its community program, Pierce County Reads. From March 11 through May 11, thousands of people will come together as a community to read this year’s Pierce County Reads selection, award-winning graphic novel trilogy “March” co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.
Congressman Lewis of Georgia is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement and the only remaining speaker alive from the Big Six Leaders that organized the 1963 March on Washington. To share his remarkable story, Lewis joined Aydin and Powell to use a graphic novel format to educate and inspire a new generation.
“The ‘March’ series is a catalyst for discussions about diversity, society and engagement in one’s community, in ways that are both historical and directly relevant to today’s world,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “This remarkable story is guaranteed to inspire rich discussion throughout our community.”
The two-month Pierce County Reads program will also feature:
“The Unspoken Truths: American History Traveling Museum” on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup. View exhibits from African American history and hear storytelling at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times best-selling author of “So you want to talk about race?” on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Playhouse, 729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood. Join the author and explore the struggles of talking about racial topics.
Living History: A Special After-Hours Event on Friday April 13 at 6 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place.
Learn from the inspiring experiences of local residents who were key in the civil rights movement in Pierce County. Speakers include Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first African American mayor; Jim Walton, Tacoma’s first African American city manager; Lyle Quasim, the first African American Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) head; Rosa Franklin, the first African American woman elected to the Washington State Senate and others.
During the Pierce County Reads program residents may also participate in book discussions, film screenings and graphic novel workshops.
Celebrate the culmination of the program with an evening with Aydin and Powell Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m., at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium, 124th St. S., Parkland. Attendees can meet the creative team and have books signed following the presentation. A video message from Lewis may also be included.
Pierce County Reads has encouraged residents to read copies of the same book at the same time for a countywide conversation for 11 years. The community one-book program is the largest community reading event in Washington.
All events are free thanks to the generous support of KeyBank Foundation and the Pierce County Library Foundation.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD HEARING ON OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAM
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled a public hearing in Pierce County to receive comments on plans for a new substance use disorder treatment program. The proposed services from this new treatment program will improve access to essential health care for people in Pierce County who are dependent on opioids, such as heroin and OxyContin.
The proposed program, Northwest Integrated Health, is requesting to operate at 3727 South Tacoma Way. The treatment program includes medication (such as methadone or buprenorphine products), case management, therapeutic treatment services and medical oversight.
The public hearing is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30 at the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m.
Northwest Integrated Health is also seeking certification with DSHS’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. To become a certified agency they must be registered with the Washington State Department of Health – Board of Pharmacy, licensed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, certified by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Pharmacological Therapies, and be accredited by a federally recognized organization.
CITY’S MBDA BUSINESS CENTER WINS AWARD
The City of Tacoma’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center has been named Public Agency of the Year by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC).
“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the City of Tacoma’s MBDA Business Center,” said MBDA Business Center Director Linda Lee Womack. “We are the only municipally housed MBDA Business Center in the country, and our partnership with the City of Tacoma gives us a greater degree of flexibility in our efforts to provide ongoing, quality assistance to minority businesses with rapid growth potential.”
The Northwest Mountain MSDC’s Leadership and Advocacy Awards recognize corporate and public agency members each year for their supplier diversity excellence across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The awards criteria is based on information including, but not limited to dollars spent with certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) suppliers, outreach to the MBE community, and an organization’s overall supplier diversity strengths and efforts.
A complete list of Northwest Mountain MSDC Leadership and Advocacy Award winners is available at www.nwmtnmsdc.org/news/2018/3/9/winners-list. More information about the City’s MBDA Business Center is available at http://mbda-tacoma.com.