Community & Public Policy

We're focusing on four main issues:

Zoning, Public Space, Policy & Legal and Land Grant Issues

Louis Washington, Chair

Councilmember-elect | Snoqualmie

Jamie burrell

Senior Planner

City of North Bend

Contact info:


Susan GilLespie, MBA

Snoqualmie (Unincorporated)

COO, Oldivai Capital

Ben taylor

King County Government Affairs Specialist

Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties

Contact info:

p 425.460.8228

m 817.953.5126

Emily Arteche

Community Development Director


Ashlyn Farnworth

Assistant to the City Manager and Public Information Officer

City of Carnation

Committee Notes, 11/4/2022

  • Zoning
    • In-Fill, Allowing 2- to 4-Plex in SFH Zones
    • Flexible Zoning
    • Multi-Site Permitting, Approved Design Standards for Admin Approval
      • Permit Incentives and Streamling
      • Multi-Family Tax Exemptions
      • Commercial to Residential Zoning Flexibility
  • Public Space
    • Preservation of Green Spaces
    • Walkable City
    • Connections to Transit, Regional Transportation
    • Central Services
  • Policy & Legal
    • Deed restrictions
    • Create a Valley-wide Housing
    • Policies to Promote Homeownership
  • Land Grant Issues 
    • Create areas zoned for greater height limits
    • Designate city-owned properties or find public funding for potential developers
    • Land Banking
  • Advocating for Additional State Funding
  • Housing Element GMA

One strategy for cities and counties to consider...

Identifying surplus property, approving it for developing for affordable housing, and inviting developers (private or nonprofit) to submit an RFP. Here is a mapping tool developed by Enterprise Community to identify properties, and a sample RFP by the City of Ellensburg: