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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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January 30th: Anti-Displacement Recommendations Discussion

Help Create Recommendations for Preventing Displacement and increasing affordable housing in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline!

Join us for a virtual Anti-Displacement Recommendations Discussion on Saturday, January 30th, 2021 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. This will be a chance for community members to discuss and develop recommendations on the anti-displacement strategies in the report as well as additional recommendations, ideas, or strategies the County should consider.

To participate, please register HERE. Registration closes Jan 26th. 

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October- December 2020: Anti-Displacement Workshop Series

In October 2020, we launched the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Workshop series. This 3-part series explored strategies in the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement report and invited community members to dialogue and share thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns. 76 community members participated in the live workshops.

If you missed the workshops, you can check out the recordings of each session on youtube!

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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