Advocacy Updates for July 2022


CITY

City of Puyallup - Code Amendments for HB 1220

City of Tacoma - Sales Tax Deferral or Exemption for Affordable Housing (SB 5755)

City of Tacoma 2021 - 2024 Biennial Budget Process

Tacoma Public Schools - Gault Middle School Redevelopment


COUNTY

Pierce County Candidate Forums


STATE

Pierce County State Legislative Races

Drafting a Legislative Agenda

 

CITY


City of Puyallup - Code Amendments for HB 1220

On July 13, 2022, the City of Puyallup Planning Commission held a public hearing on code amendments related to emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing (PSH). Changes included the incorporation of definitions, new requirements for permitting these sites, and changes to where these sites can be located. AHC testified in opposition to new permitting requirements and expressed concern over the limitations placed on where emergency shelters can be located. The Planning Commission did not make a recommendation, and staff will be coming back to them with more information on HMIS, the number of PSH units in the city, and drafting an option for an over-the-counter type permit for PSH providers.


AHC Testimony | Proposed Code Amendments | City Staff Report | Staff Presentation

Dept. of Commerce HB 1220 One-Pager


City of Tacoma - Sales Tax Deferral or Exemption for Affordable Housing (SB 5755)

In the 2022 Legislative Session, SB 5755 passed, which allows select municipalities to pass a sales tax deferral or exemption for affordable housing built on underdeveloped lands. AHC has met with Tacoma Councilmembers Rumbaugh, Hines, Daniels, and Bushnell to discuss passing a resolution allowing the exemption. AHC has identified four potential sites that could be utilized and estimates that with the development of 100 units per parcel, $1.25M could be saved per project, for a total potential of $5M. We are hoping to get the issue to Committee so city staff can provide more information and take it to Council for a vote. We also met with Senator Trudeau, the Prime Sponsor of the Bill, and requested that she send a letter to City Council and staff. The letter was sent from the 27th Delegation on July 14, 2022.


AHC One-Pager on SB 5755 | SB 5755 Info | Letter from Sen. Trudeau


City of Tacoma 2023-2024 Biennial Budget Process

The city of Tacoma has started community engagement efforts for its 2023-2024 biennial budget. The Balancing Act Budget Simulator is available and provides a budget line item for affordable housing. The biennial budget for 2023 - 2024 will be adopted in November of 2022.


Balancing Act Budget Simulator


Tacoma Public Schools - Gault Middle School Redevelopment

A bid to redevelop Gault Middle School (Eastside of Tacoma) was put out in April 2022 by Tacoma Pubic Schools (TPS). TPS received three proposals, two that would develop affordable housing and one that would develop a mix of workforce and market-rate housing. TPS sought public comment on the proposals and scored them, with the determination to move forward with Chaffey Building Group (market-rate housing). AHC, in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, is advocating for the site to include affordable housing and is setting meetings with TPS Directors to discuss the issue. TPS held a public hearing on July 14, 2022, to discuss the Chaffey Group’s proposal, and a Resolution was passed to enter into negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement for Gault MS with Chaffey Building Group. The next TPS Public Hearing is scheduled for August 11, 2022, at 6 PM.


Gault MS Redevelopment Website | Public Hearing Documents (pg 2)

7/14/22 Public Hearing | News Tribune Article | Talking Points


COUNTY


Pierce County Candidate Forums

There are three Pierce County Council positions up for election: County Council Districts 1, 5, and 7. Current incumbents are District 1, Dave Morell, and District 5, Marty Campbell. Derek Young has served the maximum number of terms and is currently seated in District 7. The 2022 primary election date is August 2, 2022. The two with the most votes in each position will advance to the general election, which takes place on November 8, 2022. Current candidates are as follows:


Position & DistrictName


County Council No. 1 Timothy Tooker

County Council No. 1 Dave Morell

County Council No. 5 Nancy Dailey Slotnick

County Council No. 5 Marty Campbell

County Council No. 7 Josh Harris

County Council No. 7 Mitch Anderson

County Council No. 7 Robyn Denson

County Council No. 7 Paula Lonergan

County Council No. 7 Chuck West


AHC intends to work with the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters to host candidate forums for Pierce County Council Candidates. The AHC Advocacy Committee will work to create a list of questions on the topics of affordable housing and homelessness.


VoteWA 2022 Candidate Primary List


STATE


Pierce County State Legislative Races

AHC will not be hosting candidate forums for state legislative races this year. In partnership with the Pierce County League of Women Voters, we are happy to share their non-partisan candidate forums.


LWV 2022 Candidate Forums


Drafting a Legislative Agenda

Each year, AHC creates a state legislative agenda to advance affordable housing in the State of Washington and Pierce County. AHC will survey its members for input on legislative issues they would like AHC to work on. AHC’s Advocacy Committee will review, discuss and vote on which issues will make up the legislative agenda. From there, the proposed legislative agenda will go to the AHC Board for a discussion and vote of approval.