Many municipalities are in the process of determining their guidelines and allocations for growth over the next 5, 10, or 20 years. You have likely heard and seen notices about Comprehensive and Consolidate Plans. You may be asking, “What’s the difference?” Here it is:
- Local Comprehensive Plans are written and updated by city staff and elected officials. They map out each city’s vision for the next 20 years and include guidelines for housing development, job growth, transportation improvements, and environmental stewardship.
- The King County Consolidated Plan is prepared by a consortium of nearly all the suburban cities and unincorporated areas of the county. It guides the allocation of federal, state, and local funds to address housing, homelessness, and community development needs over the next five years.
The policies written into these plans will guide where houses will be built, what type of housing will be encouraged, and the affordability of that housing. Make sure that people who are homeless and low income are included as the King County Consortium plans for the future!
Continue reading to learn about three upcoming opportunities to speak up.
The content of this post was created by the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) – King County.
You are invited to drop in at a public forum to discuss and comment on the King County Consortium’s Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan for the period of 2015 through 2019.
Three meetings will be held in early September to provide information and receive input from stakeholders and interested citizens on the Consolidated Plan.
- Pabla Punjabi Palace
September 4 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
15245 International Blvd, Suite 250, Tukwila
- Bellevue Library
September 9 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue
- Third Place Commons
September 10 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park
The Consolidated Plan is the guide to the investment of approximately $6 million per year in federal housing and community development funds, and an additional $47 million per year in other federal or related state and local funds, to address housing, homelessness, and community development needs throughout the King County Consortium. The Consortium includes nearly all cities and towns in King County and the unincorporated areas of King County outside of the City of Seattle. This is a casual setting and people are welcome to bring their children.