With the 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan, the City adopted a set of implementation actions to accomplish over the coming years. One implementation action focused on housing, requiring Edmonds to “Develop a strategy by 2019 for increasing the supply of affordable housing and meeting diverse housing needs.” The Housing Strategy will consider housing needs by taking into account available data and through various methods of public engagement.

In August 2017, Mayor Earling appointed a Housing Strategy Task Force to help make recommendations that were included in the July draft Housing Strategy. The task force commenced in May 2018.

After hearing public feedback on the draft Housing Strategy, the City agreed that further discussion was necessary. A Citizens’ Housing Advisory Committee, consisting of local residents of differing opinions, was formed to provide feedback on direction the strategy and its process should take. There will be several additional opportunities for the public to engage in the process.

The Housing Strategy itself does not change city policy. Further action would be required to enact proposals within an adopted strategy.

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Time Frame

The City began the project in fall 2017 by speaking to partners, groups, and individuals about housing; researching housing demographics and trends; and planning for further public outreach. An initial draft housing strategy was released in July 2018. The City is currently assessing citizen comments and looking to revise the process going forward.  

FALL 2017

  • Meet with key stakeholders to discuss Edmonds housing issues

  • Identify Housing Strategy Task Force members

  • Plan public outreach events

spring 2018

  • Review initial draft strategy

  • Public open house

  • Refine strategy

Summer/fALL 2018

  • Public Hearing with Planning Board

  • Public Workshop


  • Revise draft

  • Additional Public Engagement

  • Public Hearing with Council