Manufactured Housing Communities/Mobile Home Park Project

Public Hearing:  The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on May 15th and May 16th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE, on their preliminary recommendations for the City's mobile home parks (MHPs).  Click here to view their evaluation criteria (criterios de evaluación) and their preliminary recommendations (recomendaciones preliminares).  Written comments are welcome if you are unable to attend the hearing. 

 

Background: The City is one of the few communitites in east King County with a significant number of mobile and manufactured homes (approximately 250 in six parks).  Presently, there are no regulations in the City that would prevent or mitigate closure of a MHP in Kenmore.  The City does not own the MHP properties and the property-owner could choose to convert a MHP into commercial or multifamily development.  The MHP property-owners have varying timelines for potential redevelopment.  Some are interested in preserving a MHP for the long-term.  Others are interested in more immediate sale or redevelopment.  State law requires a one-year written notice to residents if a park is going to be permanently closed.

 

Since overall availability of mobile and manufactured housing has been decreasing in King County as parks are redeveloped with other uses, and mobile and manufactured housing has offered a relatively affordable form of unsubsidized single-family housing and is being replaced with more expensive housing, the City Council adopted a temporary moratorium on redevelopment of the mobile home parks (Ordinances 17-0453 and 18-0462) until October 28, 2018.  The temporary moratorium is to allow time for consideration and discussion of the issues surrounding the MHPs.  The City does not want to be in the position of some surrounding communities which have had to face the issues of a mobile home park closure in a time of crisis.

 

The Planning Commission is considering various strategies for the MHPs that would prevent closure, make closure less likely, or address the impacts of a closure.  The Planning Commission seeks to balance preserving existing affordable housing with the need to increase the available housing supply overall.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Here are responses to some frequently asked questions (preguntas frecuentes) about the MHP project.

 

Planning Commission Recommendations: The Planning Commission has been reviewing background information about Kenmore's MHPs since last October.  They also have listened to people involved in this issue, including MHP property-owners, MHP residents, others in the community, and representatives of organizations representing both property-owners and residents.  Summaries of the special public meetings held for property-owners and residents can be found here.

 

6837 NE 182nd Street (Lakewood) and 7000 and 7021 NE 181st Street (1 of 2)

6837 NE 182nd Street (Lakewood) and 7000 and 7021 NE 181st Street (1 of 2) - Spanish

6837 NE 182nd Street (Lakewood) and 7000 and 7021 NE 181st Street (2 of 2)

6837 NE 182nd Street (Lakewood) and 7000 and 7021 NE 181st Street (2 of 2) - Spanish

7031 NE 175th Street (Inglewood East)

7031 NE 175th Street (Inglewood East) - Spanish

7301 NE 175th Street (Lakewood Villa)

7301 NE 175th Street (Lakewood Villa) - Spanish

7614 NE Bothell Way (Kenmore Village)

7614 NE Bothell Way (Kenmore Village) - Spanish

 

Small Group Comments to Full Commission

Small Group Comments to Full Commission - Spanish

Property-owners special public meeting summary

 

Commissioners have expressed concern that potential efforts to preserve the MHPs could restrict new housing supply (by limiting redevelopment) and that this loss of new housing units also should be mitigated.  The Planning Commission has developed several options for the mobile home parks.  They also have developed criteria (criterios de evaluación) to be used for evaluating the different parks.  Their preliminary recommendations (recomendaciones preliminares) are based on these options and criteria.

 

After the public hearing on May 15th and 16th, the Commission will review all public input and develop their final recommendations to be presented to the City Council this summer for their consideration.

 

To add your name to the email list for this project or for more information, please contact Lauri Anderson at landerson@kenmorewa.gov or 425-398-8900.

 

Last updated: Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:45am