Affordable Housing Strategy
In 2015, the City Council, as a part of the update to the city Comprehensive Plan, adopted a policy regarding the development of affordable housing strategy document.
Develop, with public input including relevant community groups, and adopt an Affordable Housing Strategy to implement the intent, needs and goals of the Housing Element
(Policy H-5.5, Housing Element)
A minimum of 25 percent of new housing units should be affordable to those earning less than 80% of Puyallup median income (1,720 affordable units out of 6,885 total units)
(Policy H-5.4, Housing Element)
Promote the creation and expansion of a variety of housing types and densities affordable to all economic segments of the population of the City
(Goal H-5, Housing Element)
The City Council reviewed a 17 item strategy table in early 2017; the strategy table identifies a number of incentives and potential requirements for the creation of affordable housing units and additional infill housing. See the side bar for the full table; some strategies being explored include:
- Reduction of impact fees for affordable housing and accessory dwelling units
- Expansion of the city’s multi-family tax exemption
- Flexibility in lot sizes for infill housing
- Reduction of off-street parking requirements for affordable units
- Exploring required affordable housing when a property is upzoned
- Tiny houses
- Cottage housing
Puyallup Housing data
The city’s Housing Element in the Comprehensive Plan publishes housing data regarding affordability:
Cost‐burdened households are defined as those which pay more than 30% of their income for housing and utility costs.
38% of the households within the city limits are ‘cost‐burdened’
Of households that own their homes, nearly 31% are spending more than 30% of their total income as a mortgage payment.
Of those households that are renting, over 47% are spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.