Transit Oriented Development Housing Action Plan
The City of Tukwila is working in partnership with the community to create a Housing Action Plan (HAP) to provide data and strategies for implementing the Community Strategic Plan/Housing Choices and provide the foundation for updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Our HAP will focus on the area around the Tukwila International Boulevard (TIB District) LINK light rail station and emphasize the need for more residential building capacity while minimizing displacement of existing residents and small businesses. The TIB District is a vibrant community center that is expected to accommodate future infrastructure and residential housing needs. Targeted growth in the TIB District is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, King County Countywide planning policies, and PRSC’s Vision 2040 goals and policies.
This Housing Action Plan will include:
- An evaluation of Tukwila’s existing housing policy documents
- An assessment of barriers and strategies to encourage higher density development in the TIB District
- Strategies to minimize displacement in the TIB District zone
- A robust public engagement process throughout the planning process
Public Engagement Process
Work on the Tukwila-specific portion of the plan is underway, with initial results expected in December 2020. Public engagement is a joint effort between a consultant team and City staff, and will be conducted through stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and an online open house/forum. Our outreach process will focus on gathering insight from a range of diverse perspectives, including: students, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, service providers, housing developers, and residents.
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:
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