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.  

Strategy #1

  • Increase 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. (WA State Office of Financial Management)

Actions

  • Make substantial progress toward completing the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review.  
    • Update the Housing Element to implement policy actions adopted in the Housing Action Plan (HAP) and implement related zoning and programmatic policies. 
    • Update the Housing Element to comply with the Countywide Planning Policies. 
  • Implement Housing Action Plan two-year goals:  
    • Identify and implement incentives for construction of affordable housing in Downtown, Overlake, and Marymoor Village.  (HAP Action 1.5) 
    • Continue to review and improve permit processes and regulations that affect housing construction. (HAP Action 2.2) 
    • Work with Sound Transit to support transit oriented supportive densities and affordable housing. (HAP Action 1.4.) 
    • Update parking regulations around light rail stations and areas of high frequency transit to maximize desired uses like affordable housing. (HAP Action 1.6.) 

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:  
    • Amend regulations to broaden housing options by promoting middle housing development. (HAP Action 3.1) 
    • Facilitate construction of an Affordable Housing Pilot Project on city-owned parcel in Downtown. (HAP Action 5.1) 
  • Preserve affordable housing, stabilize unsheltered persons and those who those at risk for displacement. 
    • Increase investments to preserve affordable housing. (HAP Action 5.1) 
    • Streamline processes for people applying for rental assistance to ensure equitable access.  (HAP Action 4.4)  
    • Advocate at state-level for eviction reforms and promote eviction dispute and resolution resources to at-risk populations. (HAP Action 4.5) 
    • Provide emergency housing and permanent supportive housing through a coordinated and regional approach to homelessness. (HB 1590 and HB 1220) 
  • Make substantial progress to completing the Human Services Strategic Plan. 

Strategy #3

  • Create healthy, walkable, and equitable transit-oriented communities. Develop strategies, programs, and projects that promote livability and cultivate “10-minute neighborhoods” (where shopping, services, amenities, schools, recreation, and transit are within a 10-minute walk of where people live).    

Measures

  • Number of housing units within 0.5 mile 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 10-minute 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 TOD and infill development integrating affordable housing development. (HAP Action 1.4)