Sumner-Bonney Lake Housing Action Plan

UPDATE: The DRAFT Housing Action Plan is now available in the "Documents" list to the right. Please review and comment on this document in the Forum below or emailing Ryan Windish in Sumner or Jason Sullivan in Bonney Lake (see emails in Who's Listening below).

Comments are being accepted until January 15, 2020.

Overview

Our region needs more housing, and we want to make sure that everyone has a place to live in the community. Given this pressing need, the Cities of Bonney Lake and Sumner have teamed up to develop a plan to provide more housing types, which means more options for everyone.

Together, we’re drafting two important elements to ensure everyone has a place to live: a Housing Needs Assessment and the Housing Action Plan (HAP). These documents will consider demographics, income levels, and other social and economic factors in developing clear, actionable strategies to meet current and projected housing needs.

First, the Housing Needs Assessment helps both cities understand

  • How affordable (or not) housing is today
  • How the cities are expected to grow in the future
  • What kind of housing will meet current and future needs.

Based upon these results, the second part, the Housing Action Plan, will help each city develop strategies to ensure they offer the right supply of housing to meet future demand at all income levels. Ideas for increased options for housing could include:

  • Providing a varied of housing types (e.g. duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and other multi-family developments)
  • Small-lot development
  • Accessory dwelling units (e.g. backyard cottages, tiny houses)
  • Tax incentives for building affordable housing
  • Minimize displacing residents who are low-income

This project is funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce.

To accomplish this, we have the assistance of an Advisory Committee, but we also need to hear from you, whether your live or work in Sumner or Bonney Lake.


HOUSING ACTION PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Stacey Crnich, Bonney Lake Food Bank
  • David Dearth, Dobler Development
  • Andy Elfers, City of Sumner Planning Commission
  • Marilee Hill-Anderson, Sumner-Bonney Lake School District
  • Jeff Kreel, Whispering Hills
  • Tina Maier, The Chamber Collective
  • Todd McKellips, Seattle Tiny Homes
  • Sam Newell, New Hope Community Church
  • David Orth, Sumner Food Bank
  • Jenny Simoneaux, Sumner Senior Center
  • Debbie Strous-Boyd, City of Bonney Lake Planning Commission
  • Sam Suznevich, Sumner Rotary
  • Tonya Tunnell-Thornhill, Exodus Housing
  • Seth Wagner, Adult family home operator



UPDATE: The DRAFT Housing Action Plan is now available in the "Documents" list to the right. Please review and comment on this document in the Forum below or emailing Ryan Windish in Sumner or Jason Sullivan in Bonney Lake (see emails in Who's Listening below).

Comments are being accepted until January 15, 2020.

Overview

Our region needs more housing, and we want to make sure that everyone has a place to live in the community. Given this pressing need, the Cities of Bonney Lake and Sumner have teamed up to develop a plan to provide more housing types, which means more options for everyone.

Together, we’re drafting two important elements to ensure everyone has a place to live: a Housing Needs Assessment and the Housing Action Plan (HAP). These documents will consider demographics, income levels, and other social and economic factors in developing clear, actionable strategies to meet current and projected housing needs.

First, the Housing Needs Assessment helps both cities understand

  • How affordable (or not) housing is today
  • How the cities are expected to grow in the future
  • What kind of housing will meet current and future needs.

Based upon these results, the second part, the Housing Action Plan, will help each city develop strategies to ensure they offer the right supply of housing to meet future demand at all income levels. Ideas for increased options for housing could include:

  • Providing a varied of housing types (e.g. duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and other multi-family developments)
  • Small-lot development
  • Accessory dwelling units (e.g. backyard cottages, tiny houses)
  • Tax incentives for building affordable housing
  • Minimize displacing residents who are low-income

This project is funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce.

To accomplish this, we have the assistance of an Advisory Committee, but we also need to hear from you, whether your live or work in Sumner or Bonney Lake.


HOUSING ACTION PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Stacey Crnich, Bonney Lake Food Bank
  • David Dearth, Dobler Development
  • Andy Elfers, City of Sumner Planning Commission
  • Marilee Hill-Anderson, Sumner-Bonney Lake School District
  • Jeff Kreel, Whispering Hills
  • Tina Maier, The Chamber Collective
  • Todd McKellips, Seattle Tiny Homes
  • Sam Newell, New Hope Community Church
  • David Orth, Sumner Food Bank
  • Jenny Simoneaux, Sumner Senior Center
  • Debbie Strous-Boyd, City of Bonney Lake Planning Commission
  • Sam Suznevich, Sumner Rotary
  • Tonya Tunnell-Thornhill, Exodus Housing
  • Seth Wagner, Adult family home operator



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    • Will young professionals beginning their careers be able to afford to buy a home in our community when they are ready?

    • Some members of our community, like single parent families, choose to live in apartments do we have enough apartments with good prices to meet this need?  

    • Essential workers, like caregivers, are vital to our community. How can we ensure we have housing in our community that essential workers can afford?  

    • How will we meet the needs of adults our community who are in their working years now when their income changes after retirement?

    • As our friends and family age how can we ensure they can afford to stay in our community?

    • What other ideas, questions, or concerns do you have around the topic of affordable housing in the cities of Sumner and Bonney Lake?
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