South End SNAP

Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan

The South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) is current in the process of updating the South End Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP). The currently adopted plan is from 1999 and has not been updated in over 20 years. The Neighborhood Plan states a vision for the future of the South End of Tacoma and sets out a specific set of projects across 10 different sub-neighborhoods. 

2020 / 2021 Neighborhood Plan update. SENCo is leading the effort to re-evaluate the needs of our neighborhoods, update the planned improvements project list for the South End’s neighborhoods and re-engage our community in the planning process. The planning process started in the fall of 2020 in phase 1 (see phases below). SENCo has re-evaluated the neighborhood planning areas map and further refined the neighborhood into 16 total sub-neighborhood areas. 

Project documents

2021 Strategic Neighborhood Action Map

1999 South End Neighborhood Action Plan 

Survey word cloud: vision for the South End
Survey word cloud: biggest concern

Project phases overview 

Phase 1 – community survey and kickoff meeting 

   SENCo conducted an online survey of community needs that was posted online from October 2020, to January, 2021. SENCo held an online (Zoom) meeting in November, 2020. This initial community feedback will be integrated into the planning process and SNAP update. 

Phase 2 – Neighborhood focus groups – mapping and planning  

   During 2021, SENCo, along with partners at University of Washington-Tacoma, City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services, and Safe Streets, will be working with key members of all of our South End neighborhoods to re-evaluate the needs of each neighborhood planning area, determine how past identified plans and projects have or have not been completed and create a draft set of project improvements for inclusion in the draft updated SNAP. 

Phase 3 – Draft SNAP update for public review 

   Phase 3 will begin once SENCo and the focus groups have finalized the evaluation and planning process and a draft updated plan is ready for review. This phase will involve the review of a public draft and further public meeting(s) for further feedback and refinement of the plan.  

Phase 4 – Finalization of the South End SNAP 

   In phase 4, SENCo will finalize the plan and formally adopt the plan. Other considerations may include presentation of the plan to elected officials and other agencies. 

Phase 5 – Long term implementation 

   In phase 5, SENCo will formulate a long term strategy to implement and carry out the vision and advocate for the completion of the Neighborhood Action Plan, as well as set out a process for amending the Neighborhood Action Plan over time to allow the Plan to be a living document, remaining up to date and relevant. 

What is a Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan?

The 1999 Neighborhood Plan had a list of projects; which projects were completed or not completed? 

SENCo is evaluating that previous project list and will report the accomplishments and remaining opportunities in phase 2. That will be posted here soon! 

How were the neighborhood boundaries decided? 

SENCo and community partners evaluated a number of map sources, including the Safe Streets neighborhood watch groups map, police sector maps, census tracts, precinct maps, city council district maps, zoning, and other data sources, in determining the appropriate neighborhood areas map for the Neighborhood Plan update. The previous map from 1999 has been further refined and six (6) new neighborhood areas were added to the map for a total of 16. 

When is the next opportunity to input on the plan?

The next opportunity for broad public input is during phase 3. Phase 3 is anticipated in fall of 2021.

How can I be involved in planning and advocating for my neighborhood? 

Attend a neighborhood council meeting soon! And check back to this project website [and sign up for email updates]