COMMISSION BACKGROUND

The Citizens' Housing Commission

The Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission was established via Council Resolution 1427 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.”

Commission Members

The Commission is made up of Edmonds residents from across the city, reflecting different backgrounds and perspectives. There are 15 Commissioners and 8 alternates. For the appointment process, the City was divided into 7 districts based on U.S. Census areas. Each Council member was assigned a district and appointed 2 Commissioners and 1 alternate. The Mayor appointed 1 ‘at-large’ Commissioner and 1 alternate.

Commissioners

James Ogonowski

Karen Haase Herrick

Weijia Wu

Keith Soltner

George Keefe

John Reed (dec.)

Nichole Franko

Mike McMurray

Tanya Kataria

Greg Long

Jess Blanch

Alena Nelson-Vietmeier

Judi Gladstone

Will Chen

Bob Throndsen

Alternates

Leif Warren
Wendy Wyatt
Eva-Denise Miller
Kenneth Sund
Shirley Havenga
Rick Nishino
Jean Salls
Tana Axtelle

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Commission Timeline

The Commission commenced in September 2019 and meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Meetings are live streamed and recorded on the City of Edmonds webpage. Over the last 10 months the Commission has been learning about housing-related issues and policies, hearing from community members about their housing priorities and concerns, and working in policy committees to explore initial policy ideas.

Now, the policy committees have developed their first set of ideas and are looking for your input! The Commission will share a second set of policy ideas for your consideration later this summer.

Once all policy ideas have gone through the public engagement process, the Commission will begin deciding which ideas to move forward into draft policy proposals. The Commission will continue to seek your feedback before making a final set of policy recommendations to City Council by December 29, 2020. 

Contact Us

We want to keep you up to date! Check out the below resources to stay engaged with the Commission’s work:

 

  • Learn more about the Commission and submit public comment on the Commission webpage.

  • All Commission meetings are live streamed and recorded on the City of Edmonds webpageThe Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

  • Sign up for the Housing listserv to stay up to date with the Commission’s work and future opportunities to share your feedback:

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