Housing authority agreement, bike lane project update among items on May 4 city council agenda

The Edmonds City Council at its Tuesday, May 4 meeting is set to consider an interlocal agreement with the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO), certify a matching grant for the planned Marina Beach Park renovation and receive an update on development activities.

As we reported in our earlier story, the HASCO agreement would allow the housing authority to provide additional housing in Edmonds for low-income households.

Other agenda items include:

– Reviewing proposed changes to the unit lot subdivision process to broaden its applicability to include any zone where multifamily residential is allowed on the ground floor.

– A project update on the Citywide Bicycle Improvements Project, which is proposing to add bike lanes to streets of various Edmonds neighborhoods.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom meeting platform. To join, comment, view, or listen to the Edmonds City Council Meeting in its entirety, paste the following into a web browser using a computer or smart phone: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or join by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

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In addition to Zoom, regular council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. are streamed live on the Council Meeting webpage, Comcast channel 21, and Ziply channel 39.

Prior to the council business meeting, councilmembers will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. to consider an application for public employment.


    1. That is a very good question. I didn’t know myself, and luckily the Edmonds website has a very detailed map on it https://edmondswa.gov/services/maps_gis/maps

      One of the recommendations of the housing commission was to increase all of Edmonds to multi-family zoning without consideration for road infrastructure, road safety, utilities, or parking. As noted by the very well researched letter to the editor by ACE, there were a lot of problems with the housing commission plan.

      Looking at Hasco, two out of three of their units in Edmonds now are for low income senior living, and I think they have a fairly proven track record of success that is well planned out. It is a pretty stark difference from the housing commission.

    2. To clarify more on your comment Deborah, based on the Edmonds zoning map, it looks like around 85% of Edmonds that is zoned as residential is single family. With most of the multi family designations around major roadways, such as Edmonds Way, 76th, 212th, 196th, 5th Ave S, and downtown.

      There are four designations of multi family housing on the map, and the proposed change would mostly affect the lower multifamily zoning designations around Edmonds Woodway HS, as well as 76th, 212th, and 196th. I believe this would likely mean that some of the smaller multi family units along those areas could be torn down and replaced with large apartment building structures.

      1. Thank you very much. That was very kind of you. This is what I expected all along. I just couldn’t get any transparency out of any of the articles.
        Thanks again. I will remember your kindness.

  1. HASCO owns the Edmonds Highlands Apts on Edmonds Way (232nd -236th) and it is Section 8; HOWEVER, many seniors have been on Sec 8 waitlist for 5-6 yrs and no response. 2018 rents increased $100/mo = $1,200 yr
    2019 rent increase $250/mo =$3,000 yr. There is no way that the taxes on a 720sq 1-bdrm increased $3,000/yr.
    HASCO and Coast Mgmt are being obscenely greedy and concern that 2022 rent increases will put many residents into Nomadland.

    Our elected reprsentatives need to ACT IMMEDIATELY for a 5% rent increase cap!! I am 120% rent compromised.

  2. Evan N- The Housing commission did not recommend upzoning all of Edmonds to multifamily zoning from single family zoning. Their recommendations are published here: https://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/final-policy-recommendations Please note the language of the first recommended policy on the missing middle density housing. The commission recommended 2 family units, and making the zoning changes in no faster than a 25 yr time period.

    The purpose of the HASCO agreement is not to change any zoning. It is to provide a custom and faster process through the Edmonds Planning Department.

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