CITY COUNCILMEMBER BEALE ISSUES STATEMENT ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS LEGISLATION
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) – allowing family members to live closer to one another, seniors to age in place, home owners to collect additional income to offset mortgage costs, and cities to grow without adversely impacting single-family neighborhoods – has been a key topic for discussion in Tacoma.
“I will be offering a package of amendments aimed at incentivizing the creation of low, very low and extremely low income ADUs for those living at or below 30 percent of Area Median Income, and realizing the creation of these units with programmatic support and resources,” said District 5 Councilmember Chris Beale, following the Feb. 19 testimony urging the City Council to adopt standards that address housing affordability in the City of Tacoma’s ADU legislation. “I am extremely passionate about legislation that supports our Affordable Housing Action Strategy, and believe we need to take bold and decisive steps to address our community’s most pressing needs. I look forward to introducing these amendments and working with my Council colleagues to find solutions that are both equitable and sustainable.”
COMMUNITY INVITED TO TITLOW PARK PLANNING MEETING
Everyone interested in Titlow Park is invited to a public meeting to continue discussion about future improvements to Titlow Park’s shoreline, forested areas, trails and the former Tacoma Outboard Association site.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Titlow Lodge, 8425 6th Ave. It is the third in a series of public meetings that have helped Metro Parks planners understand community wants for the park and plan accordingly. The previous meeting, in November, led to excellent feedback and guidance from the community. For the March 5 meeting, parks managers plan to present concepts shaped by that feedback and continue the discussion. All people interested in the park are invited, regardless of whether they participated in earlier meetings.
The planning effort is meant to update the park’s master plan and is focused exclusively on the shoreline and forested areas north of the park’s lagoon. More information is available at TitlowParkVision.org.
TACOMA RESIDENTS INVITED TO FREE WELLNESS EVENTS
Health and well-being company Humana Inc. will host a series of free community events starting in March at Tacoma Mall to educate Tacoma-area residents on health and wellness.
The Humana pop-up location will offer free health and wellness classes that are open to anyone in the community, such as healthy snack and smoothie demonstrations, crafting classes, diabetes education, and SilverSneakers Fitness Program demonstrations. Customer service representatives will also be available to answer questions on Humana health plans.
The events are free and open to the public. The pop-up location will be at the Tacoma Mall three times in March (March 12, 19 and 26) followed by the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month April through November (April 9, 23; May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug. 13, 27; Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 8, 22; and Nov. 12, 26).
Please call 1 (800) 781-4203 for more information or to RSVP for specific classes.
Tuesday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10 a.m.: Crafting: Lucky charm gratitude tree
11 a.m.: Six secrets to losing weight
12 p.m.: Seasonal allergies: Relief from wheezing and sneezing
1 p.m.: Fruits and veggies: Color yourself healthy
2 p.m.: Healthy snack demo: Fruit parfait
Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10 a.m.: Crafting: Laminated gratitude bookmarks
11 a.m.: Protein: Are you getting enough?
12 p.m.: Healthy snack demo: High-protein recipes
1 p.m.: Positive thinking: When life gives us lemons
2 p.m.: Bingo
Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10 a.m.: Crafting: Decorate picture frames
11 a.m.: Diabetes: Why sugar matters
12 p.m.: March birthday social
1 p.m.: Sugar: The not-so-sweet truth
2 p.m.: Bingo