Everett "Rethink Housing" proposals ask city to change zoning to accomodate growth and add protections for tenants
Next goes to City Council in September
EVERETT — Short-term strategies in the city’s housing action plan to accommodate growth could start being implemented as soon as 2022, city planners say.
The plan calls for increasing housing variety, housing stock and housing equity.
Short-term strategies include to have the city create tenant protection laws to benefit existing residents, foster development along transit corridors, to potentially allow accessory dwelling units.
One longer-term suggestion calls for letting duplexes into some current single-family areas. Areas within proximity to transit corridors could be where this is recommended, city long-range planner Becky Abelman McCrary said at one of the two public comment meetings held last week.
In Everett, single-family housing covers 80% of Everett’s residential land.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Sept. 15 on whether it agrees with going forward on these plans.
A forum for the commercial development community will be Thursday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.
A draft version was published in June and can be read at www.everettwa.gov/rethinkhousing
In community polls taken during the meeting, a majority said they generally agree with the strategies of affordable housing, but some were mixed on the strategies toward redeveloping urban corridors.
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