Following is from Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association president David Anderson:
Do you have a concern over plans for Tillicum redevelopment? The public is invited to a workshop of housing advocacy groups to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6.30 p.m. in the Lakewood City Council Chambers.
The following is excerpted from a letter to community leaders from Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director.
“With the long-awaited sewer currently being installed in Tillicum, a considerable portion of this isolated community opens up for redevelopment. Recognizing this could impact low-income persons currently living in Tillicum, a moratorium is currently in place to preclude growth from occurring in a piecemeal, disorganized fashion. As part of the draft Tillicum Neighborhood Plan, City staff suggested a number of potential policy approaches to providing safe, contemporary affordable housing while possibly ‘evening out’ the clear economic disparities that exist within Tillicum.”
The forum hosts, the Lakewood Planning Advisory Board and City staff, are interested in hearing from you on the following topics originating from the Tillicum Neighborhood Plan draft (to view the plan go to www.cityoflakewood.us and scroll down the home page to the bulleted list of articles, clicking on Tillicum Neighborhood Plan, and in the window that opens click again on Tillicum Neighborhood Plan pdf file.)
- Did we get it right? Does the plan accurately identify and target housing issues in Tillicum?
- If not, what needs to be changed or added? How can we make the plan more meaningful?
- Recognizing this is a policy document, are there additional implementation steps that would help? What would it take to carry them out?
- If you’re with a housing organization, does your organization have any development plans that would dovetail with the City’s plan? How can we meaningfully bring together our efforts?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Bugher further suggests that if you are not able to attend or send another representative, follow-up correspondence offering input on these topics would be welcome. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Senior Planner Deborah Johnson at 253.983.7770.