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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

Public Comment Period and Draft Documents

The official comment period started on August 2, 2019 and will conclude on October 2, 2019. 

Comments on the proposed amendments (see links below) are due no later than October 2, 2019 and should be sent to mparsons@wenatcheewa.gov or addressed to:

Planning Division

Housing Code Update

City of Wenatchee

1350 McKittrick Street, Suite A

Wenatchee, WA  98801

Updated August 16 Public Comment Draft - Proposed amendments to Title 10 and 11 of the Wenatchee City Code and proposed Wenatchee Residential Development Guidelines (see page 1 for list of changes from Aug 2 draft)

Environmental Documents including SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance

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

Past Meetings:

Future Scheduled Meetings:

  • September 18, 2019 -Workshop with Planning Commission - Meeting starts 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 starts 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.  This purpose of this meeting is for Planning Commission and Stakeholder Committee members to discuss the proposed amendments to the "Housing Code".
  • October 16, 2019 - Public Hearing with Planning Commission - Meeting starts 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 starts 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 starts at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers at Wenatchee City Hall (301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA 98801)

You are invited to be a part of this housing code update!  Come hear what the city and Makers have done so far. 

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/ 

iFiberone 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