Housing Action Plan

The City Council adopted the Housing Action Plan on June 27, 2023, via Resolution 2023-10.  The Housing Action Plan includes an Executive Summary, Needs Assessment, Summary of Public Engagement, Policy Recommendations and an Implementation Strategy.

Why does the city need a Housing Action Plan?

  • Between 2010 and 2022, the city's population grew from approximately 28,000 to over 40,000, a 45% increase that has made Lake Stevens the fourth largest city in Snohomish County.
  • During that same period, the median home values and average rents have continued to rise. 
  • Most residential growth over the past two decades has been detached single family residences.
  • The city has taken early actions to expand housing options in the city, including duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, accessory dwelling units, and multifamily housing.
  • State law requires that the city assess its housing needs across a variety of housing and household types and income levels and consider policies to reduce barriers to housing.
  • The Housing Action Plan provides the technical foundation for the city's upcoming 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update.
Housing Action Plan