Affordable Housing

Creating affordable rental housing opportunities in Snoqualmie is a high priority of the City Council and City Administration. 

There is a significant gap in affordable housing available and what many current and potential Snoqualmie residents and employees can comfortably afford.

The City's Comprehensive Plan supports creating diverse neighborhoods that offer a variety of housing and lifestyle choices for all income levels and life stages. A sufficient mix of housing types, sizes, costs, and densities accommodates current and future residents from a wide range of economic levels, age groups, and household make-ups.

  1. Mark Hofman

    Community Development Director
    Phone: 425-888-8007

  2. Jason Rogers

    Senior Planner
    Phone: 425-888-5337 ext. 1163

 

Project Description

Panorama Apartments LLC, a subsidiary of DevCo*, has expressed interest in developing a multi-family affordable housing community on parcel S20 on Snoqualmie Ridge. 

As part of the conditions of the Snoqualmie Ridge II Mixed Use Final Plan, parcel S20 on Snoqualmie Ridge has been designated for multifamily housing since 2004 and was designated specifically for affordable housing in 2009. The proposed apartments would fulfill all remaining affordable housing requirements for Snoqualmie Ridge II.

These apartments would be rented at below market rates, but are not subsidized housing. Renters would go through a regular leasing application process. 

The development would include:

  1. Ten two- to four-story "carriage houses" adjusted to the parcel slope; smaller carriage houses will be adjacent to Eagle Point to blend with single-family homes
  2. 191 multi-family apartment homes
  3. 316 parking spaces: 295 open and 21 garage
  4. Leasing office
  5. Indoor recreation center
  6. Outdoor recreation space
  7. Architecture consistent with Snoqualmie Ridge design standards
  8. Landscaping consistent with Snoqualmie Ridge design standards

*DevCo is an established developer of affordable housing in King County and has completed more than 20 projects across Washington State.

Location

Parcel S20 is located on Snoqualmie Ridge, north of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and adjacent to the Eagle Point neighborhood. It is accessed via Frontier Ave SE off of SE Jacobia Street. There will be a secondary emergency-access only road provided through the hospital grounds.

Benefits to the Community

  • Affordable housing will ensure that our city is accessible for families and individuals earning lower than median incomes. 
  • It will allow those employed in Snoqualmie to live in Snoqualmie, reducing their commute time and fuel expense, and encouraging them to be part of the community. 
  • Local employers will be better positioned to retain their employees, which supports their business plans and goals.

The median household income in the U.S. is approximately $55,300 per year.  In Snoqualmie, the median income is more than $131,450 per year. (Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017)

The median home price in the U.S. is approximately $203,000. In Snoqualmie, it is more than $673,000, which is unaffordable to an individual or family earning a median or below median income, as do many employees working in Snoqualmie and those who would like to relocate here. Similarly, rental housing in Snoqualmie is remarkably high compared to many other cities. (Data source: Zillow, October 2017)

Timeline

Panorama Apartments applied for administrative approval of a Conditional Use Permit to facilitate construction of a four-story affordable housing development on parcel S20 on Snoqualmie Ridge. This meets the requirements of the Snoqualmie Ridge II Development Agreement and Mixed Use Final Plan conditions.

At that time, Panorama Apartments also applied for a minor modification to the 2004 Snoqualmie Ridge II Mixed Use Final Plan conditions to increase retaining wall heights above six feet due to the site’s slope. This meets the requirements of the Snoqualmie Ridge II Development Agreement and Mixed Use Final Plan conditions.

On November 6, 2018, the City's Director of Community Development provided an advisory report to a hearing examiner.

On November 8 and 16, 2017, public hearings were held before a hearing examiner at Snoqualmie City Hall. There was a large turnout by the public. Listen to the audio.

Both the conditional use permit and the minor modification were approved.

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