Drawing on strong public support for encouraging diversity in housing choices in Redmond, the City Council adopted the Innovative Housing Demonstration Program in August 2005. In August 2008, the Council re-adopted and extended the program for an additional five years, until 2013 (see Ordinance 2409).
The ordinance provides for a limited number of innovative demonstration projects, such as cottages, small-lot single-family homes, and duplexes. In return for the ability to build at higher densities and have some flexibility in setback and lot coverage regulations, homebuilders are required to provide superb residential design compatible with the existing neighborhood, may utilize green development solutions, and are strongly encouraged to provide an affordability component.
Residents, home developers, and the entire community can learn more about Redmond's Innovative Housing program by browsing this set of pages using the links at the top of this page.
Proposals and Meetings
Idylwood Innovative Housing
In June 2009, Robert Gunther submitted a proposal in the Idylwood neighborhood west of Idylwood Park at 17259 N.E. 36th Street. The project consists of seven detached homes, along with two accessory dwelling units over garages. On July 13, 2009, the applicant hosted a neighborhood meeting. A revised site plan was submitted by the applicant on October 9, 2009. On March 31, 2010 the applicant informed the City that he was withdrawing the application for the Idylwood Innovative Housing proposal. Please visit the Review Panel's webpage for more information.
Rosehill Community Development
In September 2008, YS Development/Rosehill Heights Development submitted a nine-home proposal located in the Grass Lawn neighborhood. On January 12, 2009 the Innovative Housing Review Panel voted to allow the applicant to continue with the technical review process for this proposal, with conditions. The conditions relate to perimeter setbacks, orientation of below-grade parking, housing affordability, and home size. The Review Panel approved its written report on February 5, 2009. The report and notice of decision are posted on the Innovative Housing Review Panel's page. Please visit the Review Panel's webpage for more information.
Bear Creek Cottages
The proposed Bear Creek Cottages, submitted for review in summer 2007, would consist of 12 attached single-family homes and two accessory dwelling units. The proposal is located at 10007 Avondale Road in the Education Hill neighborhood. The Innovative Housing Review Panel evaluated the project at a public meeting on January 14, 2008. The Panel authorized the applicant to submit an application for a preliminary plat. The preliminary plat was approved by the Hearing Examiner in July 2008. Please visit the Review Panel's webpage for more information.
In late 2006, Steve Burnstead Construction submitted a proposal under the Innovative Housing program for twelve homes in the North Redmond neighborhood. The applicant hosted an open house neighborhood meeting on January 22, 2007. On April 30, 2007, the Innovative Housing Review Panel reviewed this proposal, concluding that it meets the goals of the program and should be authorized to submit a subdivision application. The preliminary plat was approved by the Hearing Examiner in July 2008. Please visit the Review Panel's webpage for more information.