Catch Up on Your Reading

We send out Advocacy Alerts to educate and keep you up to date on city business related to affordable housing, to offer our perspective on a policy or initiative, and to let you know when it’s time to act with a letter or public comment at City Council or Planning Commission.

Bethany Lutheran Church

In May 2021, Bethany Lutheran Church submitted a request to City Council for an increased density bonus, permitted under Washington state law (RCW 36.70A.545), to build affordable housing on its land. The plan envisions 21 units on the 8-plus acre parcel.

April 13, 2022

March 8, 2022

February 22, 2022

February 8, 2022

October 23, 2022

Ericksen Community

HRB owns one of the last remaining undeveloped plots of land on Ericksen Avenue. It was sold to us at a fraction of its market value by a longtime supporter, providing an incredible opportunity to expand our community land trust. We have begun planning an 18-22-unit multifamily rental building. Construction is close to two years out, but the city approval process has already begun.

May 24, 2022

May 10, 2022

Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE)

MFTE is used to encourage the development of affordable multifamily housing by granting a partial property tax exemption (for 8, 12, or 20 years in Washington). The exemption applies only to the portion of the development that is affordable. On November 9, City Council approved Ordinance No. 2021-23 creating an MFTE program for Bainbridge Island.

November 5, 2021

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Be Heard

Make the most of a Tuesday evening and attend a city council meeting by Zoom. Read this guide produced by the city so that you know how and when you can contribute.

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