The City of Snoqualmie is committed to finding ways to diversify and increase affordable housing options within the City. In addition to the affordable housing communities constructed as part the Snoqualmie Ridge Master Planned Community, elected representatives and city staff are currently working to better understand housing needs in the upper Snoqualmie Valley with the goal of creating a tangible plan to address the issue of affordable housing in Snoqualmie.
Housing Strategy Plan and Housing Needs Assessment
The City developed a Housing Strategy Plan to help understand the city's housing needs now and, in the future, and to develop strategies that can help meet those needs. The plan offers steps to support and diversify local housing options, as well as increase affordability and stability for residents.
The Housing Strategy Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in May 2023, builds off the Housing Needs Assessment and public engagement to develop ideas the City will pursue to address housing needs and issues.
The Housing Strategy Plan is not a regulatory or binding plan; it is a set of tools. It is an opportunity for a community-wide conversation about housing and will help develop the City's Comprehensive Plan Update that began in 2024.
Snoqualmie Valley Housing Needs Assessment
The City of Snoqualmie has an interlocal cooperation agreement with the cities of Carnation, Duvall and North Bend to identify current housing needs across the valley utilizing a Regional Housing Needs Assessment, which will provide a broader regional analysis on local population, employment trends, housing stock, and local housing policy.
See the Snoqualmie Valley Housing Needs Assessment Report, which was completed in Jan. 2023.
Affordable Housing Sales Tax
In 2021 the City began collecting a small portion of a King County sales tax earmarked for affordable housing and support programs. The Housing Needs Assessment and Housing Action Plan will be used to help determine where this funding will be invested.