Reminder: Public invited to discuss middle housing at June 27 webinar

The City of Edmonds Planning and Development Department invites the public to a webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27 to discuss middle housing and House Bill 1110. This webinar will be kicking off the process to write city legislation to comply with HB 1110, Middle Housing.

To attend the webinar, click edmondswa-gov.zoom.us/j/87062184895

During the 2023 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature passed several major housing and land use bills aimed at expanding the state’s housing supply and addressing the ongoing affordable housing crisis.

This new legislation requires most cities to adopt development regulations allowing for middle housing on all lots zoned predominantly for residential use. These include minimum unit per lot standards, maximum parking requirements and administrative design review in cases where design review is used.You can view the summary of House Bill 1110 here.

The city said it is hosting this webinar to give the public an opportunity to learn more about HB 1110. Staff will provide information on:

– The mandatory requirements of the House bill.

– Where the city has options and ability to make decisions in shaping the legislation.

– What the model ordinance says and the consequences of not adopting legislation by July 2025, when the model ordinance goes into effect.

For more information about HB 1110, visit the city’s webpage.

  1. If there is so much time, until July 2025, why is our city spending so much time trying to convince us that our input is wanted now? There have been many meetings informing us about the city plans. Instead of just dealing with the mandate that “most cities” need to adopt the standards by 2025,, our city has gone beyond the requirements and added even more ways for our city to turn into a Seattle or Ballard. Because our city planning and development department has already decided what our city standards and requirements will be, what is the purpose of the public webinar? It is very confusing especially when the city and the city council have already decided on the standards for Edmonds. Guess the webinar is just another attempt to let the city residents perceive that their input is welcomed and needed. Our city staff must be spending hours and hours on this mandate instead of other issues facing our city.

  2. Well personally I am planning to watch the Presidential Debate at this exact time on Thursday. It starts at 6PM PST. The exact time as the (we want to reach the public Planning Board Meeting.)

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