Housing Element

Prior to the start of the Housing Element Update the City of North Bend needs to complete a Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and Housing Action Plan (HAP). Developing a HAP is a multi-step process as shown below

HAP Flowchart

The Housing Action Plan (HAP) goal is to create an actionable policy document. Public participation informed by research and data will shape how North Bend's housing needs are addressed. A strong housing action plan is dependent on the voice of community members and stakeholders. Therefore, the final document should reflect their voices.

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to provide your input about housing in North Bend. 

Access the North Bend Housing Survey through this link: North Bend Housing Action Plan Public Survey or the QR code, below.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Housing Action Plan (HAP)?

A Housing Action Plan is a strategic plan about increasing housing options and choices in the city. The plan centers on community engagement. Provided input will guide the strategies and policies of the HAP.

Why are we doing a Housing Action Plan (HAP)?

This document will outline how the city can meet its housing needs and will be shaped by data and public input. The City opted to pursue this work and is committed to incorporating community voices into this plan.

When will the HAP be done?

The final HAP needs to be completed and adopted by June 2023. This deadline is based on grant guidelines.

How is HAP funded?

The HAP is a state grant-funded effort that provides the opportunity to create an actionable policy document. The funding for this effort is provided via Washington State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1923.

What are the steps for a HAP?

The HAP includes several key components, as listed below:

  1. Housing Needs Assessment (HNA): A HNA involves compiling various data sources to create a baseline demographic picture of a community.
  2.  Housing Policy Framework Review
  3. Community Engagement: Grant requirements prescribe that residents and community members are given opportunities to provide input for this plan.
  4.  Draft Housing Action Plan (HAP): A draft HAP will be written and presented following the community outreach. This draft will incorporate community feedback, policy, and code recommendations.
  5.  Review and Adoption: A formal review and public hearings processes will allow the HAP to be adopted by the grant mandated deadline of June 2023.

 Who is representing the community for this effort?

  • Stakeholder Group

Blueline asked the City to identify people to sit in two different groups. One committee is made up of city stakeholders, like residents with neighborhood ties and community leaders. The second is comprised of housing professionals, persons like developers and real estate experts. Together these two groups provide a community perspective and a technical perspective of housing in the city.

  • Survey

The survey is available to all residents, and everyone is encouraged to submit responses. The survey results will also inform policy recommendations for the HAP. Take the survey HERE.

  • YOU

The most important representative is you. This is an important document for the future of housing in North Bend and cannot be completed without your voice. 

How does the HAP impact future city planning?

The HAP provides structure for updating the housing element of the comprehensive plan. Additionally, the HAP recommends actions and strategies around addressing the housing needs of the city. 

What are other cities doing for their HAPs?

Numerous cities received this grant funding, a complete list of these municipalities can be found on the Washington State Department of Commerce Planning for Housing website. 

What is affordable housing?

The term affordable housing refers to households spending less than 30% of the total household income on housing. Housing includes costs like rent, mortgage, insurance, and utilities. The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) defines affordable housing as:

(2) “Affordable housing” means, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, residential housing whose monthly costs, including utilities other than telephone, do not exceed thirty percent of the monthly income of a household:

(a) For rental housing, households whose income is 60% of the median household income adjusted for household size, for the county where the household is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; or

(b) For owner-occupied housing, households whose income is 80% of the median household income adjusted for household size, for the county where the household is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Will the HAP force North Bend to meet quotas for housing, Section 8, or rent control, or to build low-income housing?

The grant requirements and the HAP do not establish mandates. Rather the HAP provides policy recommendations. Per the GMA, the City is required to ensure sufficient land to meet population targets established by the state. These requirements are independent of the HAP.

Will the HAP address the cost of housing?

The HAP will provide policy recommendations that may indirectly address housing costs. These recommendations may influence how and what kind of housing is built.

Project Documents 

Snoqualmie Valley Housing Needs Assessment

Glossary of Terms 

Washington State Department of Commerce Short Course on Housing Affordability

Washington State Department of Commerce Guidance for Developing a Housing Needs Assessment

Washington State Department of Commerce Guidance for Developing a Housing Action Plan

HB 1923

Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA)