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File #: 19-0448    Version: 1
Type: discussion Status: Filed
File created: 5/6/2019 In control: Land Use & Environment Committee
Agenda date: 5/16/2019 Final action: 5/16/2019
Title: Discussion on Missing Middle Metrics
Related files: 18-1194


Discussion on Missing Middle Metrics


Recommended Action

Committee Recommendation:

Not referred to a committee.


City Manager Recommendation:

Discuss potential metrics for missing middle housing and any future reporting on metrics desired by the Committee.




Whether to discuss potential metrics for missing middle housing.


Staff Contact:

Leonard Bauer, Deputy Director, Community Planning and Development, 360.725.8206

Joyce Phillips, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Development, 360.570.3722



Joyce Phillips, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Development


Background and Analysis:

In November 2018, after an extensive two-year public process, the City Council adopted an ordinance to increase opportunities for ‘missing middle’ housing throughout most of the city.  The ordinance amended the City’s zoning code and directed examination of impact fees and sewer hook-up costs/requirements. 


There were three primary purposes for adoption of the missing middle ordinance:

1.                     Increase the variety of housing types throughout the community

2.                     Provide more affordable choices of housing types throughout the community

3.                     Accommodate new population growth within the city and its urban growth area


The Committee requested potential metrics to measure outcomes of the missing middle ordinance changes.  Staff will present options based on the three primary purposes above.  Due to design and construction timelines, staff recommends at least an annual reporting cycle to reflect actual effects of the ordinance.


Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):

Consideration of the missing middle housing ordinance drew significant interest and participation throughout the community.  Metrics of its effects will likely also receive significant interest.



Staff will present options for missing middle metrics for consideration.


Financial Impact:

Tracking and reporting on missing middle metrics can be accomplished within existing budget resources.