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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of March 25, 2014
The agenda for this week's Tacoma City Council meeting is short and sweet, but there are a few items worth knowing about.
The main item for discussion at this week's City Council study session will be an update on the code development process for temporary homeless camps. Council will hear an overview of important issues and the Planning Commission's recommendations. City staff have been working on developing a permit review process for religious organizations to host temporary homeless camps, as allowed for by state law. Discussions so far have included setting a maximum occupancy, maximum size, and limitations on the duration and number of such camps allowed in Tacoma at any one time as well as location criteria, including access to transit, fencing, setbacks, and other criteria. Background checks for residents and a public notice requirement for neighbors are also included. Read more details from a January report in the Tacoma Daily Index.
The Council will also hear a legislative update on matters affecting Tacoma.
Tacoma's Auto Row
A resolution on this week's regular City Council meeting agenda would designate the stretch of South Tacoma Way between South 37th and South 80th as a commercial district called "Tacoma's Auto Row." The resolution would allow the auto dealers located in that strip to apply to the state to be allowed to display directional signage along I-5 informing drivers of the location of the commercial district. The move is meant to drive auto sales in Tacoma, and comes out of conversations between the car dealers and the City. Read more previously from Exit133 about making Tacoma's Auto Row an official commercial district.
Tacoma Historical Society Day
Mayor Strickland will proclaim March 27, 2014 as Tacoma Historical Society Day. This coincides with the grand opening this Wednesday of the Historical Society's new home at 9th and Pacific. The public is invited to stop by to help them celebrate, and to check out their first exhibit in the new space.
Talk the Walk
Today, Monday, March 24, is the first of six public meetings hosted by the City to identify locations for the Pedestrian Crossings Improvement Project. The City invites the public to share which intersections in their neighborhoods are in need of pedestrian crossing improvements that could be funded as part of the $2.5 million project to improve pedestrian safety in Tacoma. The first meeting, aimed at District 2 residents, will be at the Center at Norpoint at 6 p.m. today. Residents can attend any of the six meetings, or can share their feedback via an online survey at cityoftacoma.org/walk.
A resolution on this week's City Council meeting consent agenda would set Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed declaration of surplus and sale of a .45-acre parcel of Tacoma Water property near the intersection of State Highway 165 and Ryan Road in Buckley, Washington, to the City of Buckley. A recent survey of the area showed that the property, which had been assumed to be right of way of the City of Buckley, in fact belongs to Tacoma Water. The City of Buckley has plans to use the property as a part of a road realignment project, and so has requested to purchase the land from Tacoma Water.
The Mayor will recognize the First Quarter 2014 Human Rights Champion Award recipient.
A purchase resolution on this week's agenda would award $1,565,933 budgeted from the Surface Water Fund, for work on the A Street Storm Sewer Replacement and Retrofit Project located in the vicinity of A Street from South 10th to South 12th Streets. The project would replace aging (nearly 100 years old) stormwater infrastructure. $1 million of the cost will be coverd by a Washington State Department of Ecology award.
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