Why study housing in Leavenworth?
The City of Leavenworth offers a mix of housing options. However, as the city has grown its housing has not been able to meet the housing needs of all income levels.
The City Council has been examining how to best meet housing need for several years. The Housing Task force was established in 2016 and a Housing Needs Assessment was conducted in 2017. The Council Housing Committee was established in 2018 and diligently reviewed the city’s regulations with the Planning Commission, resulting in several code amendments in 2019.
The City has made several changes to support additional housing for all economic levels including permitting Accessory Dwelling Units, zero lot line development, updated Planned Development regulations and added two new funding support tools for affordable housing. These changes have resulted in more housing. City leadership and support has led to the largest housing project the City’s history: the Leavenworth Haus apartment complex with 200 new units coming online fall of 2020 through 2021.
But the city continues to struggle with insufficient housing options, rising housing costs, and limited housing availability. To meet these needs, we applied and were awarded a Housing Action Plan grant through the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Housing Action Plan Final Approval
The Housing Action Plan was approved by Resolution 09-2021 on April 13, 2021. This document will provide guidance for future recommended changes to the City policies and regulations. These recommendations are intended to address current and future housing needs at all economic levels.