Tacoma is a city of neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have distinct natural and built environment features that make them unique urban places. Each of these neighborhoods have an instrumental role to play in the collective need to accommodate future growth in the city. Current policies encourage the densification of neighborhoods to manage growth while other policies mandate the protection of the character of single-family residential areas. Some recent residential development in the city has caused backlash from community members and illustrates the difficulty of achieving the goals of density and compatibility simultaneously. The challenge ahead for the City of Tacoma is to meet the needs of its current and future residents in a way that recognizes evolving trends while still preserving the important qualities that lead to unique and cherished neighborhood character.
The Medium Density In ll development pattern doubles the population and jobs in existing low density residential neighbourhoods. The target areas for this type of intensify cation are those where there is a need for growth (e.g. areas close to City Centre). By intensifying population within existing neighbourhoods in the city, this pattern significantly supports Sustainability Principle 8: Support compact development; and, 7: Strategically direct and manage redevelopment opportunities within existing areas.