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Neighborhood Councils

About the Neighborhood Councils
In 1992, the eight Neighborhood Councils in Tacoma were formed.  For each Neighborhood Council, a City planner is assigned to assist the council in planning and developing their neighborhood's future. 

The passage of the Growth Management Act in 1992 and the formation of the eight Neighborhood Councils in 1992 has led to a greater citizen involvement in the planning process and a streamlining of Tacoma's comprehensive plan.  Although Neighborhood Action Strategies are not part of Tacoma's comprehensive plan, they make recommendations for changes to the comprehensive plan.  These documents also recommend a broad range of actions including specific projects, regulation changes, master planning, comprehensive plan changes and policies.  Because Neighborhood Action Strategies are not part of the comprehensive plan, they can be modified at any time; however, changes must be approved by the affected Neighborhood Council and the City Council.

The neighborhood council maintains itself as an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it recruits a diverse membership, meets regularly during most months, reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on the city's budget, develops an annual plan and supporting budget that is presented to the City Council, undertakes improvement projects, and responds to neighborhood's needs.