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Housing Code Update 

The Wenatchee valley is growing and will continue to grow as new industries emerge and families, retirees, and professionals move here to work and play.  This growth is forcing housing costs to rise, has challenged the local rental market and has resulted in a lack of affordable housing. 

The City of Wenatchee is planning for the future of housing in the area by starting a complete review of the city land use rules and regulations.  The City is teaming up with Makers, an award winning architectural and urban design firm, and analytics firm Community Attributes Inc, to find solutions, identify economic opportunities, and to revise the land use rules and regulations on housing. The Request for Proposals (RFP) that was used in selecting the consultant can be accessed here.

The Our Valley Our Future Housing Solutions Group recently released their recommendations in a report that can be accessed at the following internet address: http://www.ourvalleyourfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/OVOF-Housing-Report-FINAL.pdf

Final Adopted Documents

The following documents will take effect on December 14, 2019.

Ordinance 2019-35 - adopting amendments to Title 10 Zoning in the Wenatchee City Code

Ordinance 2019-36 - adopting amendments to Title 11 Subdivisions in the Wenatchee City Code

Resolution 2019-43 - adopting Residential Design Guidelines

Public Comment Period and Draft Documents

Comments are no longer being accepted for this process as the City Council has already taken action on this matter (see final documents above). Staff always welcomes feedback on planning related matters. Please feel free to contact Matt Parsons at (509) 888-3253 or mparsons@wenatcheewa.gov.

Environmental Documents

Environmental Documents including SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance

Updated Determination of Non-Significance(with corrected end of comment period)

Past Meetings:

  • The first public open house was held on July 10, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Pybus Market Annex. Presentation from the public workshop held on July 10, 2018
  • The second public open house was held on November 13, 2018 from 6-8pm in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (129 S Chelan Ave). Materials from Meeting:
  • The third public open house was held on March 19, 2019 from 5:30PM-7:30PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • The Planning Commission held a public workshop on Wednesday July 17th at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers located at 301 Yakima Street, on the draft revisions for the housing code update.  The City’s consultants, Makers Architecture and Urban Design, were at the meeting to present the draft updates and answer the Planning Commission's questions. 
  • August 15, 2019 - Workshop with City Council - Meeting started at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • August 21, 2019 - Developer Forum - Meeting started at 7am in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801). 
  • August 21, 2019 - Drop-in open house from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • August 21, 2019 - Planning Commission Meeting - Meeting started at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801). A workshop on the housing code was a part of the agenda.
  • August 29, 2019 - Planning Commission Housing Code Update Sub-Committee Meeting 7-9 AM City Council Chambers 301 Yakima St, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801. 
  • September 18, 2019 -Workshop with Planning Commission - Meeting started at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • September 19, 2019 - Workshop with City Council - Meeting started at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • September 25, 2019 - Planning Commission Housing Code Update Sub-Committee Meeting 7-9 AM City Council Chambers 301 Yakima St, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801.  
  • September 25, 2019 - Workshop with Chelan County Planning Commission - meeting started at 7pm at Confluence Technology Center 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA.
  • October 3, 2019 - Planning Commission Housing Code Update Sub-Committee Meeting 7-9 AM City Council Chambers 301 Yakima St, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801.  
  • October 16, 2019 - Public Hearing with Planning Commission - Meeting started at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • October 17, 2019 -  Workshop with City Council - Meeting started at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • October 24, 2019 - Public Hearing with the City Council - Meeting started at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
    • The City Council chose to continue the public hearing to November 7, 2019
  • November 7, 2019 - Public Hearing with the City Council - Meeting started at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)
    •  The Wenatchee City Council approved the following documents which will go into effect on December 14, 2019:

Future Scheduled Meetings:

No additional meetings are scheduled at this time.

 

Media Coverage

Wenatchee World Newspaper

November 9, 2018: https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/local/public-meeting-to-focus-on-wenatchee-housing/article_e64b7e0a-7c8f-58c8-97a4-f9f851355c62.html

July 2, 2018: https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/local/city-begins-process-of-updating-housing-code/article_6097a6c7-2bb3-5df9-a7a4-c8f430f1e5a1.html

August 16, 2019: https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/open-house-focuses-on-wenatchee-housing-sign-codes/article_db92bbb0-c074-11e9-a4a9-bb04c5190032.html 

August 28, 2019: https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/wenatchee-continues-updating-housing-code/article_358519b4-c9ef-11e9-a8de-2f95bd3fadff.html

NCW Life

July 2, 2019: https://www.ncwlife.com/city-wenatchee-seeks-publics-help-housing-code-update/

NewsRadio 560 KPQ

July 6, 2018: https://www.kpq.com/wenatchee-holding-housing-meeting-tuesday-at-pybus/ 

November 2, 2018: https://www.kpq.com/wenatchee-looking-for-public-input-on-housing/

November 18, 2018: https://www.kpq.com/housing-code-open-house-tackles-population-density/

July 11, 2019: https://www.kpq.com/wenatchee-housing-code-workshop-wednesday-july-17th/

August 7, 2019: https://www.kpq.com/housing-code-drafted-amendments-posted-and-available-for-public-comment/ 

iFIBER One News

July 11, 2018: http://www.ifiberone.com/columbia_basin/wenatchee-turns-an-eye-to-its-housing-future/article_b024c866-8532-11e8-b057-bb06a4ed88d3.html

Questions?

Please contact

Matt Parsons at: 509-888-3253 or by E-mail at mparsons@wenatcheewa.gov

or

Stephen Neuenschwander at 509-888-3285 or by E-mail at sneuenschwander@wenatcheewa.gov