Housing Action Plan (HAP)

5/10/2021 UPDATE

The draft Housing Action Plan (HAP) is ready! Please view the draft HAP in the documents section on the right side of this page.

There will be two online open houses to present the draft Plan and recommendations in the HAP to the public, and to hear your feedback on the proposed ideas. You can find a registration link to these online meetings below. Each meeting will be the same, so you only need to attend one. We are hosting two in an effort to make sure there are options that work for everyone.

  • Wednesday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 17, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Register Here

If you are unable to attend either meeting, the draft HAP and online feedback opportunities are available on the bottom of this page. We are accepting comments until June 1.

HAP Background

Housing is a pressing issue in our region and in the City of Auburn. Since 2010, for sale home prices in Auburn have risen by 88 percent, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Auburn increased by 49 percent. While Increases in the cost of housing may be the most visible factor, it is just one factor and the accessibility and affordability of housing is influenced by a number of factors and participants. Not all of these can be influenced by the City.

The City’s Community Development Department is working to do its part to develop strategies and policies that support the development of enough housing for everyone in Auburn. To do this the City of Auburn received a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to create a Housing Action Plan by June 2021.

The Housing Action Plan (HAP) will evaluate the current housing needs in Auburn and take into consideration projected future needs. This data will help inform the City's housing policies and strategies to achieve Auburn’s goal of ensuring the right supply of housing is available to meet the future demands of Auburn residents at all income levels. Some ideas that the city could undertake for increasing housing options being considered include:

  • Foster retention and maintenance of the existing housing stock
  • Work to increase the housing supply at various needed income levels
  • Support development of a variety of housing types (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and other multi-family developments)
  • Reduce barriers to small-lot development
  • Promote accessory dwelling units (e.g., backyard cottages, tiny houses)
  • Encourage tax incentives or other incentives for building affordable housing

As you read through the information on this website, the term AMI or Area Median Income comes up as a reference point. View the video below to learn more about AMI and what it means.


The First Phase

The first phase consisted of the development of a South King County Subregional Housing Action Framework document in collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila. As a part of the collaborative effort, up to $20,000 per jurisdiction was allocated for the purpose of collecting sub-regional data necessary to support the development of individual Housing Action Plans. This cooperative effort provided economies of scale, allowed the sharing of information, and facilitated the evaluation of certain housing generation strategies between several south county cities. The cities cooperatively selected and hired a professional consulting firm with specialized expertise, EcoNorthwest, to gather information and assist the city in the preparation of this document. This document was completed in August 2020 and is provided in the documents section on the right side of this page.

Public Engagement

Auburn includes a wide range of households with unique challenges and needs. Therefore, gathering community input is a key part of creating strong policy actions to address the city’s housing needs, and the City is working with a consultant team to assist in policy development and public engagement around housing needs in Auburn. Throughout the process, we will use an equity lens to develop clear, actionable strategies designed to meet all our community’s current and future housing needs.

As we move through this process, this webpage will be updated with new information and new ways in which you can share your thoughts on this important issue.

5/10/2021 UPDATE

The draft Housing Action Plan (HAP) is ready! Please view the draft HAP in the documents section on the right side of this page.

There will be two online open houses to present the draft Plan and recommendations in the HAP to the public, and to hear your feedback on the proposed ideas. You can find a registration link to these online meetings below. Each meeting will be the same, so you only need to attend one. We are hosting two in an effort to make sure there are options that work for everyone.

  • Wednesday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 17, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Register Here

If you are unable to attend either meeting, the draft HAP and online feedback opportunities are available on the bottom of this page. We are accepting comments until June 1.

HAP Background

Housing is a pressing issue in our region and in the City of Auburn. Since 2010, for sale home prices in Auburn have risen by 88 percent, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Auburn increased by 49 percent. While Increases in the cost of housing may be the most visible factor, it is just one factor and the accessibility and affordability of housing is influenced by a number of factors and participants. Not all of these can be influenced by the City.

The City’s Community Development Department is working to do its part to develop strategies and policies that support the development of enough housing for everyone in Auburn. To do this the City of Auburn received a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to create a Housing Action Plan by June 2021.

The Housing Action Plan (HAP) will evaluate the current housing needs in Auburn and take into consideration projected future needs. This data will help inform the City's housing policies and strategies to achieve Auburn’s goal of ensuring the right supply of housing is available to meet the future demands of Auburn residents at all income levels. Some ideas that the city could undertake for increasing housing options being considered include:

  • Foster retention and maintenance of the existing housing stock
  • Work to increase the housing supply at various needed income levels
  • Support development of a variety of housing types (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and other multi-family developments)
  • Reduce barriers to small-lot development
  • Promote accessory dwelling units (e.g., backyard cottages, tiny houses)
  • Encourage tax incentives or other incentives for building affordable housing

As you read through the information on this website, the term AMI or Area Median Income comes up as a reference point. View the video below to learn more about AMI and what it means.


The First Phase

The first phase consisted of the development of a South King County Subregional Housing Action Framework document in collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila. As a part of the collaborative effort, up to $20,000 per jurisdiction was allocated for the purpose of collecting sub-regional data necessary to support the development of individual Housing Action Plans. This cooperative effort provided economies of scale, allowed the sharing of information, and facilitated the evaluation of certain housing generation strategies between several south county cities. The cities cooperatively selected and hired a professional consulting firm with specialized expertise, EcoNorthwest, to gather information and assist the city in the preparation of this document. This document was completed in August 2020 and is provided in the documents section on the right side of this page.

Public Engagement

Auburn includes a wide range of households with unique challenges and needs. Therefore, gathering community input is a key part of creating strong policy actions to address the city’s housing needs, and the City is working with a consultant team to assist in policy development and public engagement around housing needs in Auburn. Throughout the process, we will use an equity lens to develop clear, actionable strategies designed to meet all our community’s current and future housing needs.

As we move through this process, this webpage will be updated with new information and new ways in which you can share your thoughts on this important issue.