Politics & Government

Tacoma’s new vision to be crafted at open house this month

What do you want to see in Tacoma in 10 years? City officials want to find out.

The city is seeking feedback for its visioning process, called Tacoma 2025. In April, the city signed a $300,000 contract with BDS Planning and Urban Design of Seattle, which is helping Tacoma put together a plan.

The city has had informational booths at many community events and attractions to collect comment on what should be the shared vision for Tacoma’s future. The next big event, an open house, is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

A strategic plan will emerge at the end of the process, said Nadia Chandler Hardy, assistant to the city manager. By the end of November, the city will have a document that will guide budget and policy decisions for the next decade.

“Budget planning is a very tangible way the city is going to use this strategic plan,” said city spokeswoman Maria Lee.

Chandler Hardy said the city manager, council and the public will receive periodic reports after meetings with the public, such as the upcoming open house.

“We are standing together and making a commitment” to following the public’s vision, she said.

The visioning exercise was recommended last year by a task force that examined the city’s budget policies and looked for ways to save money.

There are other ways to offer feedback:

• Through the project website:


, which includes a discussion forum.

• Email



• Call 311 within the city limits.