Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission to meet Nov. 14

The Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission will continue its work this Thursday, Nov. 14, reviewing and discussing background reading materials that include demographic and housing facts, the Vision 2050 Housing Background Paper, and the Edmonds Housing Needs Study.

The commission will also listen to a presentation from the Alliance for Housing Affordability and discuss a draft community engagement plan.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Brackett Room, third floor of City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

This will be the third meeting for the commission, comprised of 15 members and eight alternates, which was formed to develop housing policy options for Edmonds City Council consideration.

Regular monthly meetings are planned for the second Thursday of each month, starting at 6:30 p.m., through the year 2020.  All commission meetings will be live-streamed and recorded and available on the city website.

Learn more at www.citizenshousingcommission.org


6 Replies to “Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission to meet Nov. 14”

  1. First items to study. What is the maximum population we want in Edmonds? How long will it take to reach that population by just letting the market do what it does? How much added traffic do we want? Something else to consider. A senior passes away and his small home is sold. Someone purchases the home, it is torn down, and a large home is built. Husband, wife and three children from out of state move in. Think about the population increase, the increase of autos, and now three more children in our schools.


  2. Carl, some of your points are supported with a look at the data. If we use the GMA target population numbers and compare it with the progress we have already made toward that target we are ahead of schedule and we will surpass that target population. One conversation this commission should have is about population growth that is already happening.

    Your point about small house, one senior and then a new larger house is also valid. The city has data on how often this happens. Coupled with that are larger homes, senior downsizing or passing and a family moves into that larger home. Population 1 goes to population 4. That data is harder to get but should also be part of the study information. Each time the city releases some of this type of data it shows an increase of size of household.

    School population is a bit different. The ESD is divided into 4 quadrants. NW, NE, SW, and SE. Much of Edmonds is in the SW quad. The total growth of kids for all for quads will grow from something like 20k kids in 2018 to something like 22.3K kids in 2027. Only about 2000 kids. The SW quad is the slowest growing quad.

    Looking at what was presented before there are a couple of price levels that are in shorter supply than the others. The commission should ask for data on the actual numbers in each category and what the target number would need to be to bring supply up for that category. That data would help the commission target their efforts to increase those categories while not setting into motion policies that would lead to a population growth in excess of the GMA targets.

    These are tough issues to solve but any solutions should be based on good data to bring about housing policies that the citizens would like to achieve.


    1. Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. What is our population at this point, and what is the population of Edmonds that we do not want to go over, leaving the streets the number of lanes as they are now. I may only live another 20 years. My wonderful early years of growing up no one in the future will ever see again. I just do not want someone growing up now, looking back in 50 years and saying, that 2019 was a time we still had a livable city.


      1. 2019 Edmonds Pop is estimated at 41,815. The target for 2035 is 45,260. We are current about $250 over the pace to achieve the 2035 target. Any new housing policy can change those growth rates either up or down. Changing policy within the various pricing groups will impact those individual growth rates. The secret of a good housing policy will be to first get some real data to work with and to then gather input from the public on what we all want and then to create policies that achieve the goals that the citizens want.

        I would be nice to have the streets we have be in better condition. But that is another discussion on MEN.


  3. There has been accelerated growth in many parts of the Northwest.
    I agree with many of your comments. If a person chooses to sell, or by default has to sell their property, it is a benefit to be in a town/city where the community has an environment like Edmonds and the housing market is steady. Singles, Seniors and Families are an important factor of determining the character of a town. Having respect for the intent of solving limited housing within Edmonds will help to achieve resolutions. Reliable financing sources, credible plans, and open government should provide the process of progress. Attend these meetings when possible so that there can be progress. It is uncomfortable to acknowledge that there are many condos that did not have the right pemitting to proceed with adding on or dividing condos to provide more units. I believe that issue has not been resolved and so there is past history that needs to be addressed so that the future development and how it will be managed should be accessible to anyone who cares to show interest and either attend the meetings or watch the videos.


  4. In addition to Roselee’s suggestion to attend the meetings or watch the YouTube videos of the Housing Commission Meetings (any time of day) at your leisure, the reading materials are plentiful on completed and on going studies, available resources, the Commission’s tentative schedule, etc.

    These comments are also important as so far there is one online survey and four open-housed planned to receive community input. It also intends to solicit certain stakeholders input. The City needs to open more channels of communication to hear from all residents.

    The Commission has District representatives. The City has Council Members. After the first open house, perhaps, a Council Member with her district representatives and Alternate could go within the designated district, say to a veterans meeting and have a discussion. If each district rep group is delegated out with the same process, there could be opportunity for a lot more input within 12 months. This is just one idea. Multiple-party-internet open dialogue is another way. However, for the internet dialouge, people might all be at the same information level.

    More Edmonds citizens need to know what is happening. They need convenient ways to share their questions and ideas. If they can’t make those four evening meetings, aren’t part of one of the selected stakeholder groups or miss out on the email survey, currently that is the end of the outreach.

    Again, Thank You to Teresa Wippel for making this convenient for the people who access My Edmonds News! Invaluable!


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