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Posted on: November 13, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Rethink Housing - Planning Commission Briefing

On November 19th at 6:30 p.m., the City's Planning Commission will be briefed on Rethink Housing for Everett, including the the Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Task Force (HART) and Alliance for Housing Affordability (AHA).

To accommodate expected growth and meet the current housing need, Everett must grow housing for all economic segments of the population. Both housing supply and affordability continue to be a challenge in Everett, particularly related to the current housing crisis and homelessness. 

On January 24, 2018, Mayor Franklin issued the Community Planning and Economic Development Directive. The Directive established wide-reaching goals related to Everett’s economic growth encompassing business, job, and housing growth for all economic segments of the population. Initiative two specifically directs staff to develop a comprehensive housing affordability strategy. 

Last year, Council gave direction to staff to take a broader look at housing issues along with potential initiatives, strategies, and incentives to help position the City to meet current and future housing needs.

The Rethink Housing project, linked to the Rethink Zoning project, will examine the City’s policies, regulations, and funding components to better align resources and requirements relative to housing production in Everett.

The Planning Commission briefing is set for Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Everett City Council Chambers (3002 Wetmore Avenue). Click here for the agenda and memo. To set the stage, Mary Jane "MJ" Brell Vujovic, Snohomish County Director of Human services will provide an overview of the housing condition in the County. Chris Collier will present housing affordability context in today’s market both County-wide and Everett specific. Staff will provide specific demographic and housing data gathered over the past year directly related to the purpose of the Rethink Housing project.

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