South End Community Members Needed for South End Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans (SNAPs)!


South End Neighborhood Action Plans (SNAPs)

Your South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) is leading the effort to re-evaluate the needs of our South End neighborhoods, update the planned improvements project list for the South End, and re-engage our community in the planning process. Phase 1 (see project phases below) started in the fall of 2020, and Phase 2 focus group community meetings were completed in 2021. Phase 3 is currently underway.

Help make a difference in the South End! What needs to be improved in your neighborhood? Join us on a Walking Tour in your area & let us know!

Hot Spot’ Walking Tours

Throughout 2022, SENCo is conducting SNAPs walking tours of ‘hot spots’ identified by community in the SNAPs ‘Heat Map’ developed during a previous project phase. Walking Tours are held on the Saturday after our SENCo General Meetings (Gen Mtgs held on the 1st Monday of the month), & are open to the public. On these walks, we can help identify improvement opportunities across the South End at the ground level.

Walking Tour #1 LARCHMONT Saturday, February 12 at 9am. Meet at Larchmont Elementary School 8601 East B Street.

Walking Tour #2 FERN HILL Saturday, March 12 @ 9am. Meet in the bus turn-out on Yakima at Fern Hill Elementary 8442 South Park Avenue.

Walking Tour #3 STAFFORD Saturday, April 9 @ 9am. Meet at Stafford Elementary, 1615 South 92nd Street.

Walking Tour #4 BIRNEY Saturday, May 7 @ 9am. Meet at Birney Elementary, 1615 South 92nd Street.

Walking Tour #5 HOSMER (part 1 of 2) Saturday, June 11 @ 9am. Meet at SE corner of S 84th & Hosmer.

Walking Tour #6 HOSMER (part 2 of 2) Saturday, July 9 @ 9am. Meet at SE corner of S 84th & Hosmer.

Walking Tour #7 BAKER Saturday, August 6 @ 9am.

Walking Tour #8 PACIFIC AVENUE Saturday, September 10 @9am. Meet at NW corner of Fred Meyer parking lot (7250 Pacific Ave).

Walking Tour #9 BLUEBERRY PARK Saturday, October 8 @ 9am. Meet at Blueberry Park (7402 East D Street).

Walking Tour #10 72ND ST Saturday, November 12 @ 9am. Meet at NW corner of Fred Meyer parking lot (7250 Pacific Ave).

Walking Tour #11 PARK AVE Saturday, January 14 @ 9am. Meet at IDEA School (6701 Park Ave S).

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Background Information

If you were not aware a South End plan existed, you are not alone! The prior version (then called the “South Tacoma Neighborhood Action Strategy) is more than 20 years old, and had fallen off the radar at some point before our time on the council. Updating these plans with a new SNAPs document will help us refocus our goals for improvements needed in the South End today.

SNAPs Dashboard
Check out the SNAPs ‘Heat Map‘ & Dashboard where we are building on the data we collect as we move through the planning process. These data will inform our priorities in the South End Neighborhood Council SNAPs Committee solely dedicated to addressing SNAPs goals.

Share Your South End Thoughts
Take Part 1 of the SNAPs survey here. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Take Part 2 of the SNAPs survey here. Add your comments to the map.
Please feel free to share survey links with your South End neighbors & friends.

You’re Invited!
Community members from across the South End are invited to participate and help inform new and improved SNAPs. Community members can join the SNAPs process at any time by attending one of SENCo’s General Meetings on the first Monday of the month at 7pm to learn about upcoming participation opportunities. SENCo General Meeting Zoom links are posted to the main SENCo website page at least three days before meetings.
All are welcome, and in keeping with the SENCo’s commitment to promote an equitable and anti-racist community, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, youth, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to participate.

If you are interested in participating, or have further questions, please reach out to us at


Project Documents

1999 South End Neighborhood Action Plan

2020 Community Survey Results

AMP South End Neighborhood Heat Map (Created in 2021)

SNAPs Phases Overview

Phase 1 – 2020 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. 

Community Survey Word Cloud #1: Vision for the South End
Community Survey Word Cloud #2: Biggest Concerns

Phase 2 – Neighborhood Focus Groups – Mapping and Planning   

  During 2021, SENCo, along with partners on City Council, University of Washington-Tacoma, City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services, and Safe Streets, worked with South End community members to re-evaluate the needs of each neighborhood planning area, determined how past identified plans and projects were completed, and created a draft set of project improvements for inclusion in the draft updated SNAPs. South End Heat Map created by AMP & UWT.

Focus Group Links:
6/12/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #1
6/12/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #1 Chat
7/10/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #2
7/10/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #2 Chat
8/14/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #3
8/14/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #3 Notes
10/2/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #4 Chat

Phase 3 – Draft SNAP update for public review 

   Phase 3 began in 2022 and involves the review of mapping data, additional public meetings, and walking tours of hot spots identified in the mapping tool for further feedback and refinement of the draft SNAPs document.  

Phase 4 – Finalization of the South End SNAP 

   In phase 4, SENCo will finalize the draft SNAPs document 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 and the SNAPs Committee will formulate a long term strategy to implement the vision and advocate for the completion of the Neighborhood Action Plans, as well as set out a process for amending the Neighborhood Action Plans over time to allow the Plan to be a living document, remaining up to date and relevant. 


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

SENCo has audited the previous project list and compiled a report of accomplishments and remaining opportunities. The TLDR is about 65% of the total projects were at least partially completed. Impressive!

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 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 beginning in 2022.

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

Attend a neighborhood council meeting! Check back to this project website and sign up for email updates! Email

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