Housing Design Demonstration Projects

The Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP) ordinance promotes development of green affordable housing projects to provide a greater diversity of housing options and affordability, while utilizing progressive sustainable development practices. The ordinance applies within the Winslow Sanitary Sewer System Service Area. The HDDP Program is described in BIMC 2.16.020.S.

The HDDP program expires on December 31, 2022.

On February 8, 2022, the City Council held a public hearing on Ordinance 2022-01 to consider the following revisions to the HDDP program recommended by the Planning Commission:

o Require that all designated affordable housing units serve households at or below low-income (80% Area Median Income)

o Replace the Innovative Site Development Scoring Method (Table 2.16.020.S-3) with an "Innovative Site Development" checklist, eliminating the "scoring" and minimum required points for this requirement.

After closing the public hearing, the City Council directed draft Ordinance No. 2022-01 (Housing Design Demonstration Project Program) to return to the Planning Commission for discussion and potential revisions to address several issues raised during the February 8, 2022 City Council meeting. Topics the Commission will consider include:

o Should the Innovative Site Development requirements be optional for HDDP projects with 100% designated affordable housing unites? See pages 6-7 of Exhibit A to Ordinance No. 2022-01. The Innovative Site Development evaluation refers to methods or tools of sustainable development such as water quality/water conservation, landscaping choices and transportation features. 

o Should the one parking space per dwelling unit requirement be reduced for smaller units close to the ferry terminal (e.g. with a half-mile)?

The date has not been set for the Planning Commission's future discussion. 

Watch the February 8, 2022 discussion

Relevant Green Building Requirements