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FW_ HB 1220 NextDoor post responseFrom:Tina Piety To:Anna Patrick; Dale Couture; Diana Noble-Gulliford; Eric Olsen; Hope Elder; Jae So; Lawson Bronson; Tim O"Neil; Tom Medhurst; Wayne Carlson Cc:Brian Davis; Keith Niven Subject:FW: HB 1220 NextDoor post response Date:Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:16:44 AM Attachments:image001.png 2021-09-01 Planning Commission Agenda Packet.pdf image002.png Hello, Please review the below comments from Ken Blevens and Director Davis’ response. Tina From: Keith Niven Sent: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:05 AM To: Tina Piety <Tina.Piety@cityoffederalway.com> Subject: FW: HB 1220 NextDoor post response Tina, Would you please forward Brian’s email to Planning Commission? thx Keith Niven, AICP, CEcD Planning Manager City of Federal Way (253) 835-2643 From: Brian Davis Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 2:11 PM To: COUNCIL <COUNCIL@cityoffederalway.com> Cc: Jim Ferrell <Jim.Ferrell@cityoffederalway.com>; MT <MT@cityoffederalway.com>; Keith Niven <Keith.Niven@cityoffederalway.com>; Sarah Bridgeford <Sarah.Bridgeford@cityoffederalway.com> Subject: HB 1220 NextDoor post response Council, At the Mayor’s direction, I am forwarding you a NextDoor post from Ken Blevens and my response regarding HB 1220 the City’s proposal to put standards in place for transitional and permanent supportive housing. I have also attached tomorrow’s Planning Commission packet, which includes the minutes Mr. Blevens references as well as the staff report with the revised proposal. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Brian Davis Community Development Director City of Federal Way, WA Office: 253-835-2612 | Cell: 253-455-4082 Ken Blevens View Pointe • 1 day ago Stand Up Federal Way! Stop the Mayor and council from enacting SB1220. Here are the minutes of the last planning commission meeting. It's shocking. The Mayor has directed Mr. Nevin to ask the planning commissioners to recommend the council change zoning so that the city can allow for the purchase of hotels and homes all over the city to house their projected number of over 1k (made up number) homeless drug addicts from all over the region. Mr. Nevin stated that Federal Way is only one of 2 cities that is pioneering this action. Other cities all over have put a memorandum on this action because it would obviously impact their cities horribly. They knew very little and weren't going to get any recommendations from the state until 2023. None of this makes sense for Federal Way. Join us at the next planning commission meeting on September 1st to demand that the commission not go along with Mayor Ferrell and Mr. Nevin. Even the city Mr. Nevin used to work for, Issaquah, has put a moratorium on SB 1220. Demand that they recommend the council put a moratorium on this and for the city to challenge the State mandates that are clearly bad for our city. Then join us on September 7th at the next council meeting and demand that the Mayor reverse course and the city council to put Federal Way first. https://docs.cityoffederalway.com/WebLink/ElectronicFile.aspx? docid=865849&dbid=0&repo=cityoffederalway Brian Davis • First Avenue and 330th St Hi Ken, The Mayor discussed your post with me and asked that I chime in. I think your post and the City’s proposal are actually trying to achieve the same thing. Allow me to explain. First of all, the City is not changing local zoning laws to allow this housing type. That’s already been decided by the legislature. HB 1220 states: “A city shall not prohibit transitional housing or permanent supportive housing in any zones in which residential dwelling units or hotels are allowed.” The City could take no action to prevent this or take every action to prevent this, it won’t change the fact that this housing must be allowed in every city in Washington according to HB 1220. Cities can, however, put regulations in place. These limits would provide standards for development. Given that eliminating this housing type is not an option, I assume you would be in favor of seeing controls and limits. This is the common ground that you and the City have. The question then becomes how much control and limitation can be imposed. It can’t be so limiting that it becomes a prohibition in disguise; on the flip side, doing nothing would leave us with just a rubber stamp in the end. Where, then, is the sweet spot? The City’s original proposal said 0.5 miles from single-zoning; after public input, we revised it to 1.0 mile from single-family zoning. The original proposal forecast a need of 819 units after Red Lion and Extended Stay; after public input and reevaluation, we revised the proposal to 198 units. We believe these revisions, with input from residents like yourself, are reasonable and a good landing spot for this ordinance. I hope this perspective from the City helps. And if at any time you or anyone on this post wants to discuss with me, I’m happy to do so. My contact info is below. A quick note on moratoriums. HB 1220 amended the RCW to specifically prevent cities from using them against transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. We know of only one city that enacted a moratorium, and that city’s own attorney went on record to say that if they get a new building application for shelter or supportive housing during the moratorium, they would have to process it. In other words, we too can enact a moratorium just to make us feel good, but it won’t prevent transitional housing and permanent supportive housing from coming to Federal Way. Thanks, Brian Davis Community Development Director City of Federal Way 253-835-2612 brian.davis@cityoffederalway.com