End of the year votes

The city council meeting of December 3, 2019 was sparsely populated, with about as many city staff members in the chambers as citizens so probably around 25 people at any given time. The content of the meeting was the culmination of several projects, six collective bargaining agreements, the creation of the Tacoma Creates cultural access program and advisory board, and the adoption of the Urban Forestry Plan. There were also some interesting changes around the governance of homeless shelters and a change to city building codes.  The first item set a hearing date for a proposal to extend “air rights” for a development, which presumably means the developers ability to build upwards. The other item on the consent agenda, which are items that precede the regular agenda was moved to a later meeting. This was probably the first meeting I’ve been to when a day/week/month wasn’t proclaimed something special, and the only ceremonial act was an award given to a younger Tacoma Public Utilities staff member who had displayed leadership potential in being the union representative for her workplace. After that there was a brief public comment period of six speakers.  Due to a high volume of interest, city council increased the number of seats on the Sustainable Tacoma Commission from 11 to 13, something which will likely help ease their current selection process. Council then settled a lawsuit, amended an agreement regulating siloxane compounds with Puget Sound Energy, and then finalized the Urban Forestry Plan, something that hadn’t been undertaken in 70 years. Tacoma has the lowest amount of tree cover of any major western Washington city, and the plan aims to increase that canopy from a measly 20 percent to something larger and more equitably spread around the city. ...read more

by The Tacoma Ledger Dec. 5, 2019 at 1:17pm