New Guidance for Housing Planning
Guidance for Developing a Housing Action Plan (June 2020)
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Guidance for Developing a Housing Needs Assessment (March 2020)
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HB 1923 Building Urban Residential Capacity Grants
Housing Memo Available
The Department of Commerce has released its Housing Memo: Issues Affecting Housing Availability and Affordability to the public. The memo addresses barriers to housing production and affordability in Washington, and provides tools aimed at assisting local governments in improving housing affordability. The memo was requested by the 2017 Legislature’s E2SSB 5254 as part of an update to the Buildable Lands program, and is relevant to cities and counties statewide.
GMA Requirements for Planning for Housing
Cities and counties planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) must include a housing element in their comprehensive plans. The GMA housing goal calls for promoting a variety of residential densities and housing types, encouraging the availability of affordable housing for all economic segments of the population, and preservation of existing housing stock. Countywide planning policies are to consider the need for affordable housing – identified as a regional issue. Counties and cities develop a housing element that meets the requirements of RCW 36.70A.070(2).
The GMA also set standards such that certain classes of housing and residents are to be treated equally. This includes housing for the disabled (RCW 36.70A.410), family daycare providers RCW (36.70A.450) and manufactured housing (RCW 35.21.684).
Multi-Unit Housing Tax Exemption (MFTE)
Governor’s Smart Communities Awards Program
GMA Laws and Rules
GMA Periodic Update
Growth Management Grants
Growth Management Topics
Guidebooks and Resources
Defense Community Compatibility
Sea-Tac Airport Effects Study
Regional Planners’ Forums
Short Course on Local Planning
Submitting Materials to the State for Review