The Washington State Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) received $5 million in the 2019 Legislative Session to provide grant funds to local governments for activities to increase residential building capacity, streamline development, or develop a Housing Action Plan (HAP).
The City of Monroe has chosen to develop a housing action plan. As required by the State legislation, the project will generally focus on possible future actions that would “…encourage construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in a greater variety of housing types and at prices that are accessible to a greater variety of incomes, including strategies aimed at the for-profit single-family home market.”
The Commerce deadline for adoption of the HAP is June 30, 2021.
The HAP process itself will not result in any Comprehensive Plan Policy or development regulation changes. However, the project elements will outline information, recommendations, and possible actions that the City can consider taking in the future. The development of a HAP should also be a helpful tool as the City embarks on updating the comprehensive plans prior to June 2024. The elements and objectives of a HAP are directly linked to housing requirements under the Growth Management Act (GMA).
The following is a general project schedule, which is subject to change.
Task 1: Project Kick-Off/Charter
May 1 – May 31, 2020
Task 2: Public Outreach Plan/Webpage Development
May 1 – July 31, 2020
Task 3: Housing Needs Assessment
May 1 – September 30, 2020
Task 4: Preliminary Draft Housing Action Plan
October 1 – December 31, 2020
Task 5: Final Draft Housing Action Plan
January 1 – April 15, 2021
Task 6: Public Hearing Process/Final Adoption
April 15 – June 30, 2021
The City wants to ensure community participation in the HAP process in order to establish housing strategies that reflect all resident’s needs. The City will make every effort to fully engage and encourage involvement of all stakeholders, whether public or private, local tribes, Federal agencies, State agencies, housing and community service providers, and other local governments. Some public outreach methods will include public meetings, surveys, online media, mailing lists, community events, and other media outlets. The project landing page, www.monroewaHAP.konveio.com will be the primary website for the most up-to-date project information.