Officials and Guests in Attendance
All Council members were present except V. Khan. In addition some City staff were present. Council members seemed prepared, attentive, and courteous.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time. I observed the entire meeting. The agenda was available and the meeting was easily accessible.
Summary of Discussion
Meeting started on time at 7:00pm with attendance being taken. Then the Housing Action Plan Version 2 Draft Strategy was presented and discussed for about one hour.
Housing Action Plan Version 2 Draft Strategy
To have affordable housing it must be underwritten as
To close the gap various things are done.
Supporting affordable housing comes in two forms.
1. Moderate Income Housing - 50 - 80% AMI (area median income). Currently 4300 moderate housing units or 19% of inventory. To achieve regional share 1,424 more units over the next 20 years or 16% of all new units.
2. Low to Very Low Income Housing - 50% AMI and below. Currently 2000 housing units or 9% of total inventory. To achieve regional share 2,937 new units needed over the next 20 years or 33% of all future units.
As a part of developing the draft strategy Redmond citizens (150) were polled on priorities.
CM Forsythe wanted to know when the survey was taken. It was an online survey for three weeks in January 2021.
CM Kritzer wanted to understand the funding mechanisms - County funds to be spent in Redmond.
CM Fields wanted to know if we can bring costs of development down. As inventory is increasing the price is suppose to come down but this is not happening. Will it ever happen?
CM Kritzer suggested that an ombudsman be a part of the strategy. This person would work on tenancy rights protection and policies. We need to preserve existing housing. Also, let's identify things we can do this year and make them a priority.
CM Fields wanted to know if there was anything in the plan that spoke to ownership to increase intergenerational wealth.
Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update - Policy Considerations.
The purpose of this was to seek input from the council on additional policy considerations. The presentation and discussion lasted about 30 minutes. A draft was completed last year and public input received in the fall/winter. Four top priorities were identified.
CM Carson wanted to know if survey respondents comments regarding speed limits were about getting people to slow down to the right speed or if the speed limit itself should be lowered. Is there an enforcement issue?
CM Fields said we should consider transportation as a health policy - find safe ways to get around and engage community physically - walking/biking.
CM Forsythe wanted to know how the scooters should be handled so they are not blocking sidewalks, etc.
CM Anderson wanted to know what types of transportation should have incentives to increase their usage. Footprints should be greener, safer.
CM Kritzer wondered if safety should be it's own policy.
CM Padhye wanted to know if they should consider parking areas for scooters around transportation connections.
CM Fields said the current scooter situation does not work. They should be used for commuting not social activity.
Council Talk Time
CM Forsythe and CM Fields were working on a letter to the state senators in support of small businesses. They were asking other council members support of the letter.
CM Padhye said the retreat organization was in process and the facilitator would be reaching out to each council member before the retreat.
The meeting was adjourned at 9pm.