Washington State Housing Action Plans

At a Glance



Various cities in WA

Related Projects

Suburban neighborhood near Pugent Sound

Cities and counties planning under Washington’s GMA must include a Housing Element in their comprehensive plans including goals to promote a variety of residential densities and housing types and affordable housing for all economic segments of the population. The Washington State Department of Commerce implemented a grant program to assist local jurisdictions in developing policies and programs to further housing production and encourage a broader range of housing types. Eligible activities include developing housing action plans, environmental review, subarea planning, and code changes. ECONorthwest has been instrumental in assisting jurisdictions in Washington State develop Housing Action Plans to inform their Housing Element updates. Washington’s Housing Action Plans include a review of existing policies/plans, public engagement, housing needs identification, and a housing policy assessment and strategy framework. We have worked with over 27 WA jurisdictions on housing policy/needs/buildable lands analysis or on their housing action plans.

Key Washington Housing Projects:

  • South King County Sub-Regional Housing Action Plan; Cities of Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila (2020)
  • Redmond Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of Tukwila Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of Tacoma Housing Equity Analysis, Homeownership Disparity Study (began in 2021 Ongoing)
  • Clark County Housing Action Plan (2020-Ongoing)
  • Cities of Bonney Lake/Sumner Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of University Place Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of Auburn Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of Spokane Valley Housing Action Plan (2020-2021)
  • City of Spokane Housing Needs Assessment (2020)
  • City of Burien Housing Action Plan (2020)
  • Kitsap County Affordable Housing Inventory and Market Analysis (2019-2020)
  • Affordable Housing for Active Duty Service Members at JBLM (2020)
  • Snohomish County Buildable Lands Support (2019-2021)
  • Pierce County Buildable Lands Support (2019- ongoing)
  • Island County Housing Element Update (2018)
  • Skagit County Housing Study (2018)
  • Bainbridge Inclusionary Housing Zoning (2018- ongoing)
  • City of Seattle (ADU, Multifamily housing) Policy Analysis (2018 – ongoing)
  • City of Bellevue Affordable Housing Strategy (2017)