Shoreline’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy to begin improving housing options/ affordability

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greater Seattle

The Shoreline City Council adopted a report put out by the Citizen Advisory Committee this last February and in doing so will start to implement some of the many goals they have for the city's housing concerns. There are many different challenges that the city now faces concerning the housing market including home affordability, variety of home choices, and the maintaining of neighborhood character. The demographics of the population are changing and the housing price and type also needs to change with the times. Take for instance the baby-boomer couple who want to downgrade to accommodate their changing needs, or the single mother who can barely afford the rental apartment she is in, or even the young professional like myself who has grown up in Shoreline and have come back to be apart of the community I love and find difficulty finding the right housing to accommodate my wants and needs. Thanks to the Citizen Advisory Committee, there will be some solutions to the many housing needs of the citizens of Shoreline. A total of 15 strategies were recommended by the CAC and 3 are already underway including: sub area planning, funding of housing development, and property tax exemption for housing. To get involved with the planning or just give feedback, the City of Shoreline and the CAC have meetings that are open to the public. For more info contact Senior Planner Steve Cohn, (206) 546-1418. In the coming weeks I will have more on the CAC's plans to improve housing in the Shoreline area.

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