The Citizens’ Housing Commission was established via a resolution adopted on April 16, 2019. The Commission’s mission is to:
Develop, for Council consideration, diverse housing policy options designed to expand the range of housing (including rental and owned) available in Edmonds — irrespective of age, gender, race religious affiliation, physical disability, or sexual orientation.
The Commission’s recommendations are to be completed by the end of 2020 for City Council consideration.
Fifteen Commissioners and eight alternates were selected from 135 applications across seven districts (or “zones”) of the City. The seven districts are based on Census tracts and have roughly equal populations. Having members from all seven districts helps provide citywide representation.
From the applications, each of the seven City Council members appointed two Commissioners and one alternate for her/his assigned district; the Mayor then appointed one Commissioner and one alternate “at-large” (not based on a district). All appointments were completed by late August, 2019. For a list of the appointees, click here.
A time and place for the Housing Commission’s first meeting will be decided by the Council President and will be announced soon. Generally, the Commission will meet monthly after that. Special events will be held periodically too. The “sunset” (expiration) date for the Commission is January 1, 2021.
All Housing Commission meetings are open to the public. They will be videotaped and posted online. As the Commission’s work gets going, additional opportunities for public involvement will be developed.