Policy Committees

To begin exploring policy ideas the Commission created five policy committees: City Resources, Incentives & Requirements, Housing Types, Zoning Standards, and City Processes & Programs. Each Committee has drafted a set of policy ideas, the first of which are in this open house. Later this summer we will share a second set of policy ideas for your consideration.

First Set of Policy Ideas

This open house includes 16 policy ideas, grouped by theme, for your consideration:

City Partnerships

  • Coordinate Regionally on Housing Solutions

  • Expand Cooperation with Countywide Housing Agency​ 


City Resources

  • Existing Sales Tax Credit

  • Countywide Sales Tax for Housing


Accessory Dwelling Units

  • Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Permitting

  • Examples of Detached Accessory Dwelling Designs

  • Criteria for Accessory Dwelling Units

Transition Zoning Areas

  • Transition Areas Along Transit Routes Adjacent to Commercial Zones

  • Transition Areas in RS-8 lots Adjacent to Multi-family or Commercial Zones

  • Transition Area Site Requirements


Housing Types & Design Guidelines

  • Guidelines for Duplexes and Two-Unit Townhouses in Single Family Neighborhoods

  • Develop Multi-family Residential Design Guidelines

  • Require a Percentage of Larger Units in Multi-family Buildings


City Processes & Permitting

  • Simplify Zoning Code Language

  • Streamline the Permitting Process

These ideas are not policy proposals, rather general concepts the Commission may decide to explore and refine based on additional research and community feedback.

Each policy idea page will include a short description, a video from the Commission members who developed the idea, and a survey where you can share your feedback. If you are unable to complete the open house and survey in one sitting, you can navigate to the page where you left off  via the policy idea links above. The survey is available through Sunday, August 16, 2020.

This survey is now closed.

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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