• Affordable Housing

    With the cost of renting or owning housing in Bellevue rising faster than income for many in the region, housing is not affordable to a significant portion of the population. The City Council recognizes that it is critically important to provide a safe, healthy and affordable place to live for people of all income levels to sustain Bellevue’s livability and economic vitality. This program supports a healthy housing market in the city that:

    • Provides affordability across a range of incomes mirroring our population and workforce;
    • Provides a variety of affordable housing choices that meet the needs of our community including:
      • Young persons in college or just entering the job market;
      • First-time home buyers or new employees who are ready to purchase a home;
      • Our aging population, especially those on fixed/limited income, who wish to remain in the community; and
      • Families that want to keep their children in Bellevue schools.
    • Preserves the integrity of single-family areas while considering, through the neighborhood planning process, housing that can accommodate a wider spectrum of needs, and foster ongoing investments by individual homeowners.
    If you are seeking an affordable unit or would like assistance applying for affordable housing, please contact A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH).

    City Council Updates

    Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
    12/14/2020 C-1 and Privately Initiated 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendments:  Council Action
    • Agenda Memo and Presentation
    11/16/2020 C-1 and Privately Initiated 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendments:  Study Session
    10/5/2020 Affordable Housing Strategy Update
    7/20/2020 C-1: Initiate work program for Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1
    7/20/2020 ARCH HTF: Projects recommended for funding by the ARCH Executive Board (3/9/2020 Study Session)
    03/09/2020 Affordable Housing Strategy Update
    10/21/19 MFTE: Council extension of the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program
    10/14/19 Affordable Housing Strategy: Implementation Briefing
    3/4/19 Affordable Housing Strategy: Implementation Briefing
    2/12/18 Initial Conversation: Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1, increasing development potential for affordable housing on properties owned by public, nonprofit, and faith-based entities.
    2/5/18 Consent Agenda: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE)
    1/8/18 Discussion: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) to increase participation by developers in new housing
    11/13/17 Discussion: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) to increase participation by developers in new housing
    • Agenda Memo (includes overview, target areas, and analysis) & Presentation
    8/7/17 Discussion: Affordable Housing Strategy implementation program, timelines, guiding principles, and public engagement framework
    • Agenda Memo (includes timeline, principles, and framework plan) & Presentation
    12/12/16 Discussion: Affordable Housing Strategy project timeline and potential actions
    • Agenda Memo (includes timeline, principles, and existing programs summary) & Presentation
    9/6/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development and seeking input on next phase of project
    7/11/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development
    3/21/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development
    3/15/16 Discussion: Update on Housing needs assessment
    12/14/15 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development

    Other Community Engagement & Updates

    Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
    01/05/2021 EBCC Public/Courtesy Hearing: Affordable Housing Strategy C-1 and 2020 Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments. 
    • Agenda Memo and Presentation
    11/17/2020 Human Services Commission Update:  Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1
    10/28/2020 Planning Commission Public Hearing: Affordable Housing Strategy C-1 and 2020 Privately Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments. 
    10/6/2020 EBCC Public/Courtesy Hearing: Affordable Housing Strategy C-1 and 2020 Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments. 
    9/24/2020

    Affordable Housing Town Hall: C-1 Overview

    9/9/2020 Planning Commission Study Session: Affordable Housing Strategy C-1
    9/3/2020

    Affordable Housing Strategy Lunch and Learn: C-1 Overview

    6/23/16 Community Education Forum on Affordable Housing
    This page is not intended as a complete project record. If you have any questions, please contact the Project Lead.

    City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy in June 2017, but major implementation tasks remain underway.
     

    Project Phase Approximate Date
    Scoping Late 2015
    Visioning Late 2015 - Early 2016
    Feasibility 2016 - 2017
    Planning Early to Mid 2017
    Implementation Adopted by Council in August 2017, but adoption of specific policies is ongoing
    Monitoring Ongoing
    Council Update Council receives updates on the progress of implementing the Affordable Housing Strategy every 6 months. Last update 10/5/2020.

    On April 11, 2016, the City Council confirmed the mayor's appointees to the Technical Advisory Group to provide technical expertise regarding the Affordable Housing Strategy. The TAG met for over a year, developing a framework for evaluating a range of actions to increase opportunities for affordable housing. While the Advisory Group's work is now complete, its work remains useful and is archived here.

    Meetings

    April 7, 2017

    March 22, 2017

    Feb. 23, 2017

    Feb. 1, 2017

    Nov. 29, 2016

    Nov. 17, 2016

    Nov. 10, 2016

    July 25, 2016

    May 23, 2016

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