Affordable Housing Work Plan

Soon after adoption of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Plan) in late 2016 City Council prioritized the list of code amendments necessary to implement the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Plan.  Council prioritized completion of code amendments aimed at helping the most vulnerable populations first.  As such, staff presented, and Council adopted, four important sets of regulations focused on helping the homeless in our community.  These regulations included Ordinance 3712 authorizing Permanent Supported Housing Facilities; Ordinance 3743 to regulate Temporary Homeless Encampments; Ordinance 3780 to allow emergency cold weather shelters; and Ordinance 3780 to allow safe parking.  

Other affordable housing regulations adopted from 2017 to the present include all of the following:

  • Ordinance 3754:  reducing traffic impact fees - ensuring city fees are as low as possible is important to the production of affordable housing.
  • Ordinance 3776:  revisions to procedural codes to allow electronic plan review - permit time frames are important when developers are trying to create affordable housing.
  • Ordinances 3748, 3749, and 3750:  adopted the South Kincaid Subarea Plan, rezoned 79 parcels and created a new zoning district.  This new subarea and its associated regulations will lead to the creation of hundreds of new multi-family residential units that would otherwise not have been allowed.  Increasing the City’s supply of multi-family housing has been identified as an affordable housing issue.
  • Ordinance 3775:  adopted amendments to the C-3 and C-4 zones to remove the density limits for multi-family units in these zones.  As stated above, increasing the City’s supply of multi-family housing has been identified as an issue.  

On September 25, 2017 BERK consulting conduced interviews with local housing stakeholders - click HERE to read more

Click HERE to view the presentation provided to the City Council on September 18, 2017      

Click HERE to read the staff briefing provided to Council on January 18, 2018

Click HERE to view the initial Housing Affordability Program Code Suggestions 

On September 18, 2019 staff presented the completed work on housing code aimed to spur multifamily development and bonafide affordable housing in the City. As noted above, this work has been underway since 2017.  Public Hearings for these code amendments are scheduled for November 5, 2019 and November 19, 2019 at 6 PM before the Planning Commission and for December 11, 2019 at 7 PM before the City Council.  Both hearings will be held at the City’s Police and Court Campus located at 1805 Continental Place.  

  • Video of the 9/18/19 Council Committee presentation HERE
  • City Council adopted work plan infographic HERE
  • Powerpoint from the 9/18/19 Council Committee presentation HERE
  • 9/18/19 Council Committee information packet HERE
  • Map: Multi-Family Development Potential HERE
  • DRAFT (v. for 11/19/2019 Planning Commission Hearing) Ordinance for Review and Comments HERE
  • SEPA Determination and Notice of Public Hearings HERE
  • Planning Commission Staff Report with Proposed Code at 11/05/2019 hearing HERE
  • Planning Commission Staff Report with Proposed Code at 11/19/2019 hearing HERE
  • City Council Materials with Proposed Code for 12/11/2019 hearing HERE