2024-02-21 Jefferson County Planning Commission Report – LRevord

Complete By: LRevord

Date of Meeting: 2024-02-21

Government Body: Jefferson County Planning Commission

Agenda Link: https://test.co.jefferson.wa.us/weblinkexternal/0/edoc/5148799/1-Feb%2021%202024%20PC%20Agenda.pdf

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Housing Topic One

Topic: JC Planning Commission Annual Amendments Cycle Update

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: Joel Peterson from DCD presented on the Annual Comp Plan Amendment Cycles (these must be completed by December 2024).

This year, under the Unified Development Code update, they will be focusing their attention on:

– Short Term Rentals (STRs) (ie. Air BnBs)- This will be spearheaded by Strategic Director, Brent Butler

– Urgent UGA (Urban Growth Area) amendments for housing providers; specifically stormwater capacity for Habitat’s Mason Street Dev’t

– UGA Swaps: To help support the development of a permanent Casewell Brown transitional village, the county will need to ‘swap’ land that

Casewell Brown sits with land that is currently inside the City limits. This could be farmland that isn’t developed and will be protected in

the Urban Growth Area.

Notable Dates: March 1st is the deadline for additional proposals to be submitted for these preliminary priorities for the annual review.

March 6th Planning Commission meeting with include a presentation from Randy Marx, from Dept. of Environmental Public Health, on septic systems and potential areas for consideration around septic specific topics (think reducing ADU capacity standards, etc).

Opportunities For Engagement: HSN should consider proposing septic capacity standards to be reduced, follow the lead from State policies, so that a one bedroom ADU is considered 1 bedroom septic capacity (it currently is considered 2 bedroom capacity even if it is a studio/one bedroom timy home or ADU).

Housing Topic Two

Topic: Dept. of Community Development (DCD)’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Cycle

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: Various funding sources were referred to in this portion of the meeting, including a Middle Housing Grant (Dept. of Commerce) and funding where 42% of the money comes from Climate Change Planning and Adaptation.

DCD has asked the Planning Commission their help on identifying topics to fall into three categories:

1. What we have to do (Legislative +/or Funding Source requirements)

2. What we need to do (as defined by the BOCC)

3. What we want to do (other ideas and concerns of Planning Commissioners, public, etc).

They also broke down a few topics that will be covered, including:

1. UGA: Affordable and Infill Housing

– New subdivision code CH. 18.18 JCC

– Density Standards as they relate to lot coverage (think one 4,000 sq ft home is okay, but four 1,000 sq ft homes isn’t. Looking to change that

requirement!)

2. UGA: Firewise Planning + Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code

3. Sewer Implementations to coordinate with sewer code

DCD will be submitting an outreach plan publicly and participating in ‘road shows’ to help educate community members and residents.

Notable Dates: None at this time.

Opportunities For Engagement: TBD- but there will be plenty!

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2024-02-09 Other: Housing Fund Board Special Meeting Report – Eric Jones

Complete By: Eric Jones Date of Meeting: 2024-02-09 Government Body: Other: Housing Fund Board Special Meeting Agenda Link: Uploaded Materials: Housing Topic One Topic: Homeless System Performance Measures Type: Presentation Takeaway: Emily Burgess, the Washington Dept. of Commerce Director of the Data and Performance Unit, presented on the metrics they collect and how to utilize … Read more

2024-02-07 Port Townsend Infrastructure and Development Committee Report – Scott France

Complete By: Scott France

Date of Meeting: 2024-02-07

Government Body: Port Townsend Infrastructure and Development Committee

Agenda Link: https://cityofpt.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=2972

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Housing Topic One

Topic: Interim parking ordinance

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: Jeff Kostechka of Public Works delivered a lengthy slide show on the plethora of factors to be considered under an interim parking ordinance. The city Council is moving earnestly towards eliminating requirement that residences have offstreet parking lot. This will necessitate the city to consider issues related to number, size, orientation, and location of parking spaces for each lot and each street. Sidewalks, trees, greenway corridors, bike and pedestrian traffic, connectivity, and room for garbage, mail and recycling are some of the issues to be discussed. Jeff says that they now have many more questions and answers.

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Housing Topic Two

Topic: Road master plan

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: Public works proposes that the council consider adopting a road master plan which can be enforced and followed. Plan would intend to ensure predictability of where roads will be built. It would address trees, open space in stormwater. The master plan should reduce the number of streets to keep cost low for developers and homeowners. It would consider public safety, access, great density impacts and critical areas as they consider topography.

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2024-01-18 Other: Habitat for Humanity Report – Bill Wise

Complete By: Bill Wise

Date of Meeting: 2024-01-18

Government Body: Other: Habitat for Humanity

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Takeaway: Habitat for Humanity – Mason Street Presentation – Jan 18 2024

Attending: JC Library ~ 20 people / Online ~ 40 participants

Project Overview

This presentation outlines the basics of thinking – not specifics at this point

Affordable workforce housing – roughly 150 units

17 acres next to JC Library

Mixed home ownership and rental

Mixed income – 1/3 Habitat & 2/3 mixed income

Habitat typically does 40 AMI to 80 AMI – this site will go up to 150 AMI

No market rate housing planned

Multiplex homes/apartments

Construction start 2025/2026

First home occupied 2027

Homes 800 sf – small but adequate homes

Parking – 1 1/2 spaces per unit

Transit is available – Bus #6 runs down Mason Street now

More public conversation sessions planned

Ground lease for 99 years

How do you make sure this is for working families? Homes do recycle as people move up to income ladder and then these homes can be resold to the incoming workers

Master Plan addressing how to keep this as workforce housing long term

Funding of this project

Phasing this project with building over 5 years – as homes are sold then these monies are used to build more homes

Money raised are primarily in hand or in pledges

All homes are ownership model – organization could buy a group of homes for their organization needs; homes also sold to individuals through mortgages

Donations and grants are part of the funding process.

Net/net – H4H has a typical deficit of $150,000 between the sold price and the built costs

Question still unanswered – who will step up to own the rental apartments and therefore who might be included as renters (namely Section 8 folks)

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2023-10-21 Other:HSN Housing Seminar Report – Eric J

Complete By: Eric J

Date of Meeting: 2023-10-21

Government Body: Other: HSN Housing Seminar

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Topic: Townsend Bay Property Management

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: – Require renters income to be 3X rental cost (housing 33% of income)

– Rents are decided by property owner with input from TBPM

– TBPM is managing the new West Harbor apartments at the rainier round about

– In September, average rent for 2 bed 2 bath was $1900/mo

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Housing Topic Two

Topic: Peninsula Housing Authority

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Takeaway: – Serves both Clallam and Jefferson Counties

– Soon to hold office hours in Jefferson County at the OlyCap Office

– 902 total Section 8 voucher allocation from federal government

– tenants decides which county to use voucher

– can spend up to 40% of income on housing (voucher counts as income)

– must make less than 50% AMI

– once awarded home seekers have 5 months to find a rental

– Park models do not qualify

– home share is possible option for disabled persons only

– units must be under 120% HUD Fair Market Rents (under temporary waiver that increases limit from 110%)

– This is a big limitation to homeseekers find units

– only 38% of voucher holders find housing

– properties are inspected by PHA

Section 8 waitlist

– opens once depleted

– last opened in July for 1 week

– 230 applicants received out of 500 total slots

– will work through waitlist in batches of 50 applicants at a time

– will take 12-18 month to deplete current list

– Of the total applicants, typically only 40-50% actually qualify (income, criminal record, etc)

– and of those only about half accept (moved away, no longer need, do not reply)

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Housing Topic Three

Topic: Pro Bono Lawyers

Type: Presentation

Takeaway: Lots of information to take, too much to relay here, and probably the most valued presenter of the day. Ted Howard is really well versed in housing law. According to him there is also a shortage of lawyers in Jefferson County.

There seems to be a big distinction on what a landlord can do or when they can do it depending on if a property is on a fixed term lease or one that has lapsed into a month to month situation.

Landlord duties: RCW 59.18.060

Tenant duties: RCW 59.18.130

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Opportunities For Engagement: https://cjcpbl.org

https://nwjustice.org/eviction-help