C-1 Affordable Housing Density Bonus

In 2017, the City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy, which includes Action C-1 to “increase development potential on suitable land owned by public agencies, faith-based and non-profit housing entities for affordable housing.” In addition, in 2019, the State Legislature established RCW 35A.63.300 which requires cities to provide a density bonus consistent with local needs for any affordable housing development located on property owned by a religious organization.

The City Council initiated work on Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1 on July 20, 2020. City staff initiated a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to add policy language in the Housing Element that will guide implementation of C-1. This amendment was adopted on December 14, 2020. The first step in implementing C-1 is to develop a Land Use Code Amendment establishing a new density bonus for affordable housing development. This bonus will be available for new, permanent affordable housing developments located on land meeting any of these criteria:

  • Owned by a religious organization and located in a single family, multifamily or mixed-use residential land use district
  • Owned by a nonprofit organization and located in a multifamily or mixed-use residential land use district
  • Owned by a public entity and located in a multifamily or mixed-use residential land use district (not available to the Bellevue Parks Department, Community Development Department, or any public utility)

The bonus will not be available in Downtown, BelRed or Eastgate TOD land use districts, as the code has already established density bonuses for affordable housing in these districts.

What is Happening Now?

Staff are conducting internal analysis and stakeholder outreach to develop the draft amendment. The draft will be introduced to the Planning Commission at its April 14 Study Session.

Upcoming Opportunities to Engage

Please send comments to the contact listed on this page. The Planning Commission will review the Land Use Code Amendment in study sessions on April 14 and May 12. The Planning Commission is currently scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Land Use Code Amendment on June 9.

Date

Meeting, Event or Action Taken

Links

7/20/20

City Council initiate work program for Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1

Agenda Memo and Presentation

11/16/20

City Council Study Session on 2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Agenda Memo and Presentation

12/14/20 City Council Action on C-1 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Agenda Memo and Presentation
4/14/21 (Scheduled) Planning Commission Study Session 1 on C-1 Land Use Code Amendment  
5/12/21 (Scheduled) Planning Commission Study Session 2  
6/9/21 Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation  
Future Meeting City Council Study Session  
Future Meeting EBCC Courtesy Study Session  
Future Meeting City Council Action  
Future Meeting EBCC Public Hearing and Approved/Disapproved  

Key Items

Anticipated Date

Planning Commission Study Session 1

Scheduled - 4/14/21

Planning Commission Study Session 2

Scheduled - 5/12/21

Planning Commission Public Hearing Scheduled - 6/9/21
City Council Study Session Planned - July 2021
East Bellevue Community Council Courtesy Public Hearing Planned - July 2021
City Council Action Planned - July 2021
East Bellevue Community Council Public Hearing Planned - September 2021