Housing Action Plan

What is the Housing Action Plan?

In 2019, the Washington State Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) received $5 million 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 University Place has chosen to develop a HAP. As required by the State legislation, the HAP project will 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 price….”

The deadline for adoption of the HAP is June 30, 2021. However, the City plans to have the HAP ready for adoption no later than May 31, 2021. The HAP process itself will not result in any Comprehensive Plan Policy or development regulation changes. However, the project will outline information, recommendations, and possible actions that the City can consider taking in the future.

What does a Housing Action Plan include?

The Housing Action Plan must include the following considerations and steps:

  • Quantify existing and projected housing needs for all income levels, including extremely low-income households, with documentation of housing and household characteristics, and cost-burdened households.
  • Develop strategies to increase the supply of housing, and variety of housing types.
  • Analyze population and employment trends.
  • Consider strategies to minimize displacement of low-income residents resulting from redevelopment.
  • Review and evaluate the current housing element adopted pursuant to RCW 36.70A.070, including an evaluation of success in attaining planned housing types and units, achievement of goals and policies, and implementation of the schedule of programs and actions.
  • Provide for participation and input from community members, community groups, local builders, local realtors, nonprofit housing advocates, and local religious groups.
  • Include a schedule of programs and actions to implement the recommendations of the housing action plan.

How does the Housing Action Plan relate to the Growth Management Act (GMA), VISION 2050, County-wide Planning Polices (CWPP) and the University Place Comprehensive Plan?

Broad housing requirements are outlined within the GMA (RCW 36.70A.070(2)). Regional Planning for growth (including housing) is coordinated through the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), often referred to as VISION. PSRC is currently in the final stages of adopting VISION 2050, which looks to provide a framework for growth out to 2050. The City of University Place participates with the Pierce County Regional Council on the development of Countywide Planning Policies (CWPP). The CWPP outline a framework for meeting the requirements of RCW 36.70A.210 and implement broader policies that have been developed within VISION. A comprehensive plan update is due no later than June of 2024. The City will be planning for growth out to 2044 as part of that process. The elements and objectives of a HAP are directly linked to and will help support the implementation of growth and housing strategies and requirements under the Growth Management Act (GMA). The development of a HAP should be a helpful tool as the City embarks on planning for the next 20 years of growth.

Housing Action Plan Documents

For more information, contact:
David Swindale, Development Services Director, 253.460.2519

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