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Strategy 2: Bring Down the Cost of Development

The cost of developing new housing, regardless of type, includes labor and materials, the costs of permitting (including impact and mitigation fees), and the time and cost of permit processes. Several actions included in this Housing Action Plan address the elements of this calculation most within the City’s control, namely fees as well as time and process required to approve development.

 

Draft actions that implement this strategy:

  • Changes to housing density and fee incentive programs
  • Changes to Titles 16, 17, and 18 re: SEPA and short subdivisions
  • Changes to landscaping requirements
  • Outreach and feasibility for builders and service providers
  • Codify parks impact fee