Transit Oriented Development Housing Action Plan
In the summer of 2019, the State legislature passed House Bill 1923 providing $5 million in grant opportunities to increase residential building capacity in Washington communities, with awards up to $100,000 per jurisdiction. The goal of a housing plan developed using this funding source was “to encourage construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in a greater variety of housing types and at prices that are accessible to a greater variety of incomes, including strategies aimed at the for-profit single-family home market.”
City Staff applied for the grant and Tukwila was awarded $100,000 from the Department of Commerce to create a Housing Action Plan with 2 distinct sections:
- A Sub-Regional Housing Action Framework and is a collaborative effort with Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila.
- a Tukwila-specific Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Housing Strategies Plan which builds upon the results from the sub-regional framework.
Sub-Regional Housing Action Framework
The joint portion of the plan with Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton and Tukwila has been substantially completed. Deliverables include:
- Housing Strategies Framework
- Housing Context Assessment Methods
- Housing Policy Assessment
- Fact Packets for each individual City and the sub-region:
Tukwila’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Housing Strategies Plan
The direction of this plan is to focus on the TOD area around the Tukwila International Boulevard (TIB) LINK light rail station to increase residential building capacity and minimize displacement of existing residents. The creation of this plan is supported by both the Housing Element and the TIB District Element of Tukwila’s Comprehensive Plan. The TIB District is a local center where existing and future land use and infrastructure capacity will be used to accommodate some of the City’s designated future growth, consistent with the PRSC Vision 2040 goals and policies and the King County Countywide Planning Policies. This Plan will include:
- Review and evaluation of the Tukwila’s existing housing documents
- An assessment of barriers and strategies to encourage higher density development in the TOD zone
- Consideration of strategies to minimize displacement in the TOD zone
- A robust public engagement process throughout the planning effort
Public Engagement Process
Work on the Tukwila-specific portion of the plan is underway, beginning with the development of a Public Engagement Plan. Public engagement will be joint effort between the consultant and the City staff, and will be conducted through stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and an online open house/forum.
More information to comeâ€¦
For more information about this project you can contact Meredith Sampson, Associate Planner at Meredith.Sampson@TukwilaWA.gov.