Housing Choices

PROGRAM VISION:

A Redmond that values, provides, and promotes livability and a variety of housing choices for all. 

Housing

Objective

Increase the overall supply, variety, and affordability of housing to achieve desired livability and equity outcomes in Redmond as outlined in the Housing Action Plan

Strategy #1

  • Increase the overall supply of housing and provide access to more affordable homes.

Measures

  • Progress toward meeting King County growth targets and affordability goals (by AMI) provided in the Countywide Planning Policies.
    • Number of moderate-income housing units. (50-80% AMI) 
    • Number of low-income housing units. (30-50% AMI)
    • Number of very low-income housing units. (Less than 30% AMI) 
    • Number of affordable units near transit. (Affordable Housing Committee dashboard)
    • Total number of housing units added. (Washington State Office of Financial Management)

Actions

  • Make substantial progress toward completing the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review. 
  • Implement Housing Action Plan two-year goals. 
  • Monitor effects of the tenant protection ordinance and make recommendations to address unintended outcomes.  

Strategy #2

  • Diversify housing stock to provide housing variety for all income levels, abilities, ages, and lifestyles, and to meet the housing needs of people who need supportive services, including people experiencing homelessness. 

Measures

  • Number of housing units by type and tenure. (Source: Source: King County Assessments, and U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 ACS; King County AHC dashboard)
  • Percentage of homelessness outreach participants that are housed.

Actions

  • Implement Housing Action Plan two-year goals. 
  • Preserve affordable housing, stabilize unsheltered persons and those who are at risk for displacement.
  • Make substantial progress toward completing the Human Services Strategic Plan.
  • Continue refining renter protections in the municipal code to keep people housed.  

Strategy #3

  • Create healthy, walkable, and equitable transit-oriented communities. Develop strategies, programs, and projects that promote livability and cultivate “complete neighborhoods” (where shopping, services, amenities, schools, recreation, and transit are easily accessible from where people live).

Measures

  • Number of housing units within 0.5 miles of a light rail station. 
  • Number of housing units within 0.5 miles of other high-frequency transit lines. 
  • Ratio of jobs to housing units. 
  • Network completion for pedestrians in neighborhoods. 
  • Network completion for bikes.  

Actions

  • Promote the benefits of complete neighborhoods through awareness campaigns, partnering with property managers, social service providers, schools, businesses, public health officials, and others. 
  • Zone for transit-supportive densities and complementary uses (i.e. create transit-oriented communities near light rail stations and high-frequency transit lines). 
  • Create a better balance between housing and jobs in the community by working to achieve King County growth targets and affordability goals. 
  • Invest in programs and projects that reduce the need for vehicle trips and/or vehicle ownership. 
  • Develop and promote micro-mobility options to address first and last mile gaps to accessing light rail and high-frequency transit lines. 
  • Promote transit-oriented development (TOD) and infill development integrating affordable housing development. (HAP Action 1.4)