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City of Federal Way Housing Action Plan

   

The City of Federal Way is developing a Housing Action Plan (HAP) in order to aid in the provision for all people to have a safe place to live that is attainable and meets the diverse housing needs of individuals and families of all income levels.  The plan will identify housing needs within the city, provide objectives and policies to meet these needs, and outline strategies designed to meet the identified objectives. Some of the strategies will include the examination of existing regulations and current Comprehensive Plan policies that guide housing development in Federal Way.  It is intended to be presented before the City Council and Planning Commission during the first part of 2021 and adopted by the City Council in June.

Housing Needs in Federal Way

The City of Federal Way participated in a factual examination of the housing needs within six jurisdictions in South King County.  The examination not only provided information about housing within the entire sub-area region, but also within each individual city involved in the study allowing us to see housing data in the City compared to other cities around us. These facts are essential as we examine ways in which our community meets housing needs.

 Data from this study can be found at South King County Sub-Regional Housing Action Plan Framework 2020 for Federal Way.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Why is Federal Way developing a Housing Action Plan?

Federal Way is a great place to live, but it is getting more expensive. As the population grows and the supply of homes does not keep up with the demand, it is getting harder to find units to rent or buy. The Washington Department of Commerce provided a grant to help Federal Way design a plan to increase housing options over the coming years.

What is Affordable Housing?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) standard definition for affordable housing is housing for which the occupants are paying no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, including utilities. For the purpose of Federal Way’s Housing Action Plan, the goal of Inclusive Housing includes affordability while also encompassing the diverse social, geographical, and design needs of individuals and families at all income levels.

Will the HAP make homeownership more attainable in Federal Way?

The Housing Action Plan will recommend adjustments to regulations and policies to encourage development of more homes—with a range of types and prices—to make homeownership more attainable.

What is the goal of the HAP?

Federal Way’s Housing Action Plan will provide the city a “how to” guide for encouraging more options to develop “attainable housing” in Federal Way. The planning process will bring together demographic, housing, economic, and community expertise to determine the best strategies and actions.

Who is the HAP for and how will it be used?

Federal Way’s consultant team— BERK Consulting, Inc., and MAKERS Architecture + Urban Design —is preparing the Housing Action Plan with input from the City’s Planning Division, Community Services Division, and community members. An Advisory Group comprised of people who live and work in Federal Way will provide input on the plan. It will also be formally reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Who is preparing the HAP?

Federal Way’s consultant team— BERK Consulting, Inc., and MAKERS Architecture + Urban Design —is preparing the Housing Action Plan with input from the City’s Planning Division, Community Services Division, and community members. An Advisory Group comprised of people who live and work in Federal Way will provide input on the plan. It will also be formally reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Who will approve the HAP?

The Federal Way City Council is the policy-making body for the city. They are elected to represent city residents on all matters of local government, including housing. The Advisory Committee will submit a proposed HAP to the Planning Commission, who will then provide a recommendation to the City Council for final adoption. As the HAP progresses, the City Council will provide direction at various stages of the process.

Planned Housing Action Plan Schedule

  • 12/16/2020 Planning Commission
    Meeting with PC to review information from the Housing Needs Assessment.
  • Jan 4-18 Public Engagement period
    Housing preferences
  • 1/5/2020 Meeting for the Land Use and Transportation Committee
    Summary of Housing Needs Assessment presentation
  • 1/6/2020 Planning Commission
    Presentation of the regulations Audit completed by MAKERS consultants
  • 1/13/2020 Joint Planning Commission and Advisory Group Work Shop
    Identify preference of housing types to meet needs and implementation considerations. Check back with participants to make sure ideas are captured and for oral summary at the next meeting.
  • 2/4/2020 Advisory Committee Meeting #4
    Meeting to review potential housing options and steps necessary to implement such options.
  • 2/17/2020 Public Open House
  • 2/17/2020 Planning Commission
    Strategies briefing including summary of advisory committee recommendations
  • 3/1/2020 LUTC Special Session
    Summary of Planning Commission recommendations. Collect feedback at the meeting.
  • 4/7/2020 Planning Commission Hearing of draft HAP
  • 5/5/2020 LUTC
    Draft HAP presentation including summary of stakeholder feedback.
  • 6/1/2020 City Council
    First reading
  • 6/15/2020 City Council
    Final HAP present to Council for adoption

Public Engagement

Public engagement is important to the development of policies and plans to guide the City’s future. Outreach and engagement objectives for this plan include the following:

  • Clearly communicate the project’s purpose and process so the community is well-informed.
  • Build project support through outreach and engagement efforts that invite thoughtful, meaningful input.
  • Actively solicit questions, priorities, and concerns from a variety of groups and individuals including residents, businesses, property owners, housing providers, real estate professionals, housing developers.
  • Seek perspectives of parties that may be affected by the plan, including those who have high risk of displacement.

Advisory Group

Federal Way has formed an Advisory Group to help develop the HAP. It is comprised of people who represent many of different aspects of housing in the community. The Advisory Group meets on their own and in some joint meetings with the Planning Commission which will be open to the public.

Participants

  Washington Multi-Family Housing Association      Brett Waller
  Family Northwest Development                             Brett Jacobsen
  Chamber of Commerce                                          Rebecca Martin
  Multi-Service Center                                               Robin Corak
  BECU Mortgage Advisor                                         Melinda Weber
  El Centro de la Raza                                               Miguel Maestras
  Korean Community                                                 Mike Park
  Federal Way School District                                    Sally McLean
  Integrity Life Church                                                Pastor Joe Bowman
  King County Housing Authority                               Daniel Landes 

Advisory Group Meetings

  • October 1, 2020 – 1st Meeting: Housing Context  – Agenda
  • October 22, 2020 – 2nd Meeting: Housing Needs Assessment - Agenda
  • November 19, 2020 – 3rd Meeting: Housing Solutions - Agenda

Planned Housing Action Plan Schedule 

  • 12/16/2020 Planning Commission
         Meeting with PC to review information from the Housing Needs Assessment.
  • Jan 4-18 Public Engagement period
         Housing preferences
  • 1/5/2020 Meeting for the Land Use and Transportation Committee
         Summary of Housing Needs Assessment presentation
  • 1/6/2020 Planning Commission
         Presentation of the regulations Audit completed by MAKERS consultants
  • 1/13/2020 Joint Planning Commission and Advisory Group Work Shop
         Identify preference of housing types to meet needs and implementation considerations. Check back with participants to make sure ideas are captured and for oral summary at the next meeting.
  • 2/4/2020 Advisory Committee Meeting #4
         Meeting to review potential housing options and steps necessary to implement such options.
  • 2/17/2020 Public Open House
  • 2/17/2020 Planning Commission
         Strategies briefing including summary of advisory committee recommendations
  • 3/1/2020 LUTC Special Session
         Summary of Planning Commission recommendations. Collect feedback at the meeting.
  • 4/7/2020 Planning Commission Hearing of draft HAP
  • 5/5/2020 LUTC
         Draft HAP presentation including summary of stakeholder feedback.
  • 6/1/2020 City Council
         First reading
  • 6/15/2020 City Council
         Final HAP present to Council for adoption

Other Public Participation Opportunities

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Please contact us with any questions you might have by phone (253) 561-4178, or Email: robert.hansen@cityoffederalway.com

 

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