What feedback do you have on this proposal to bring a workforce housing development to Shelton?
The City of Shelton and EquityPlus, LLC have been working together on a potential workforce housing development located at the intersection of East Brockdale Road and East Island Lake Drive. The current proposal calls for up to 400 single-family modular homes to be built on this site.
The City has created this topic in Open Town Hall to gather feedback from residents and other community members on this potential development. This topic will be open for feedback through February 5, 2021.
Note: The following is a general timeline and the exact dates of certain actions can change.
The first 3 steps in the development process involve legislative actions by Shelton’s City Council. Please note that these 3 steps can occur during a single meeting. All City Council meetings are open to the public. Click here to read more about joining a City Council meeting and different ways to provide public comment.
March/April 2021: Legislative actions by the Shelton City Council:
- 1) Consideration of whether or not to declare the site as surplus property (opportunity for public comment)
- 2) Consideration of a purchase/sale agreement for the property (opportunity for public comment)
- 3) Consideration of adoption of the development agreement (opportunity for public comment)
- July/August 2021: If Council votes to adopt the development agreement, the developer will then discuss potential impacts and impact mitigation with various service providers (ex: PUD 3, the City, etc.) City staff will hold a pre-submission conference with the developer regarding lot layout, street plan, environmental constraints, etc.
- September/October 2021: Once these discussions are complete, the developer will submit a plan to the City for review by staff. Over the following 60-90 days, City staff will review the plan and determine whether it complies with all local, state, and federal regulations.
February/March 2022: Once the City’s review has finished, a hearing will be scheduled with a Hearings Examiner (opportunity for public comment). A Hearings Examiner is, in essence, an administrative law judge. The Hearings Examiner typically releases their decision within 2-3 weeks after the hearing.
- If the Hearings Examiner approves the project, that approval will also include certain conditions the developer must agree to for the development to proceed.
- May 2022: At this point, the developer will need to submit and pay for various permits from the City in order to clear and excavate, construct public infrastructure and amenities, and create individual building lots.
- Once these permits have been issued, the developer can begin construction.
Workforce Housing FAQs
Q: Will the Huff ‘N’ Puff Trail/disc golf course be forced to close if this development is built?
No, neither the Huff ‘N’ Puff or the disc golf course would close if this development is built. The developer has expressed interest in enhancing the Huff ‘N’ Puff and building other public amenities.
Q: Would mobile homes be included as part of this development?
No, mobile homes would not be included as part of this development. The developer’s current proposal is for an eventual 400 single-family modular homes.
Q: What is a modular home?
A modular home (sometimes referred to as a prefabricated home) is built in a factory to about 80-90% completion before being transported to the building site. The home arrives at the jobsite in multiple pieces, and a crane operator places each piece onto the home’s foundation.
Modular homes are subject to following building codes and passing home inspections, just like a conventionally-built home.
Q: I want to provide public comment on this project. How would I do that?
There are multiple ways for members of the public to provide public comment to the Shelton City Council. Members of the public can provide comment during a meeting:
- By phone to (360) 432-5105
- By emailing City Manager Jeff Niten at firstname.lastname@example.org
- By using the “Raise Hand” Zoom feature during a Council meeting to let the City Clerk know that you’d like to make a comment.
Q: What is workforce housing?
Workforce housing is commonly defined as housing for households earning between 60 and 120% of the Area’s Median Income (AMI). Workforce housing targets middle-income workers like teachers, health care workers, retail clerks, etc.
For this particular development, the income criteria is individuals earning below 80% of the Area’s Median Income.
Q: What about the impact on local service providers like schools or the PUDs?
If Council votes to approve the proposed development agreement, the developer will then meet with various Shelton service providers to discuss potential impacts and impact mitigation.
- United for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) data for Mason County
- Machine-Built Homes with Ted Benson | Future House | Ask This Old House (YouTube video)
- February 2 EquityPlus Presentation to City Council (PDF)
- Shelton City Council Meetings:
The deadline for posting statements was 5:00 PM on February 5, 2021
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