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.