HB1923 Grant - Housing Options

The 2019 Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 1923, encouraging all cities planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) to increase residential building capacity. Five million in grant assistance was provided for local governments to adopt certain actions listed in RCW 36.70A.600 to achieve that goal. 

The City of Fife selected four of the approved actions and was awarded a grant through the Department of Commerce for work related to a proposed series of zoning code changes that are intended to increase housing options and residential building capacity. These proposed amendments are first presented to the Fife Planning Commission for discussion, which will then make a recommendation to the Fife City Council for review before any or all of the amendments are adopted into the Fife Municipal Code

Here are the four housing options code amendments that are being proposed through this grant.

  1. Taylor Jones

    Associate Planner

  2. Chris Larson

    Senior Planner

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Proposed Amendments to Fife Municipal Code 

HB 1923 Department of Commerce Grant Requirements

(Full Grant Requirements Available here)

Accessory Dwelling Units  

Authorize accessory dwelling units on all lots located in zoning districts that permit single-family residences, subject to certain restrictions.

Short Plat

Allow for the division or redivision of land into the maximum number of lots through the short subdivision process.

SFR Corner Lot Duplex

Authorize a duplex on each corner lot within all zoning districts that permit single-family residences.

Low Intensity Multi-Family

Authorize at least one duplex, triplex, or courtyard apartment on each parcel in one or more zoning districts that permit single-family residences.

To watch recordings of the Planning Commission discussions that have been held and find information about future meetings, please visit Planning Commission Meetings and Agendas.
Code Amendment Timeline March through December 2020 Planning Commission Discussion & Public Comment