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Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Strategies Report

Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Strategies Report

Department of Community and Human Services and Department of Local Services are partnering on a study of concrete actions that King County can take to develop and retain affordable housing in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline.

What is the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Strategies Report?

As the region grows and housing costs rise, Skyway-West Hill and North Highline residents have shared concerns about ongoing displacement and housing affordability. In response to the feedback we heard during the 2018-2019 Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Subarea Land Use planning processes, the Department of Community and Human Services and the Department of Local Services are collaborating on a feasibility and legal analysis report that will:

  • evaluate tools, programs and regulations to develop and retain existing affordable housing in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline and
  • identify concrete actions that King County, or King County in partnership with other agencies, can take to prevent residential displacement. 

What strategies will be included in the report?
King County Motion 15539 and Action 19 of the 2020 King County Comprehensive Plan update outlined specific anti-displacement and affordable housing strategies to examine in the report:

  • Community preference and right to return policies
  • Expanding property tax exemption opportunities for low-income seniors
  • Inclusionary zoning (mandatory or voluntary)
  • Increasing homeownership strategies such as rent to own, community land trusts, and down payment assistance programs
  • Local and inclusionary employment prioritization strategies for new affordable housing developments
  • Manufactured housing community preservation
  • "No net loss" provisions for the development of affordable housing units
  • Redevelopment assistance programs
  • Relocation assistance requirements
  • Residential community benefit agreements
  • Strategies to implement community land trusts, including a year long community engagement process and exploration of possible funding sources

What is the community’s role in the report?

Building off the community’s feedback, King County will work in close collaboration with the community to identify the strongest solutions to prevent displacement and increase housing affordability in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline. The key findings from the report will be shared with the community through a series of educational workshops to explain what each strategy does and does not do, how it might be applied, potential equity impacts, and important considerations. The final report and recommendations will be informed by conversation and dialogue with the community to identify key risks, community-supported mitigation of those risks, and areas of concern that may need addressing beyond the scope of the strategies included in the report. In addition, we hope to identify community partners who want to engage with us around the implementation of these strategies over the next few years.

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October 2020: Anti-Displacement Virtual Workshop Series Launch

To read more about the workshop series visit our DCHS blog post!

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August 2020: Anti-Displacement & Subarea Planning Phase II Projects Kick-Off!

Read a summary of community questions and feedback from our August 18 Kick-Off call here.

Learn about and provide direction on the North Highline and Skyway-West Hill Subarea Plans, Community Needs Lists, and Anti-Displacement Strategies Report. 

Questions?

Alice Morgan-Watson, Housing Community Engagement Program Manager
Department of Community and Human Services
[email protected] 
206-263-0794