REDMOND, WA – Redmond Mayor Angela Birney is participating on the steering committee of the Housing Supply Accelerator, a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and the American Planning Association (APA) to bring together local governments, community planners, builders, financial institutions, housing policy associations, and state and federal partners to develop, align, and advance solutions for housing supply challenges at the local level.
“There is simply not enough housing in our country, including in Redmond, the eastside, and our state,” said Mayor Birney. “I’m excited to work with others across the nation to help guide actions that will improve housing capacity, identify critical solutions, and accelerate our efforts to ensure quality housing for all.”
This solutions-oriented campaign aims to develop model practices, ordinances, and resources to accelerate and incentivize local approaches to land use, housing development, and preservation.
Under Birney’s leadership, the City of Redmond has slated 10 million towards affordable housing in the current budget, contributed four million towards the construction of the Together Center, worked to support the development of more affordable and transit-oriented housing, implemented tenant protections, and housed many individuals experiencing homelessness. The City is currently engaging community members on updates to housing policies as part of Redmond 2050, the periodic update of the Redmond Comprehensive Plan.
Mayor Birney serves on the Sound Cities Association Board as the past president, the King County Council Regional Policy Committee, Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, King County Regional Homelessness Authority Governing Committee, and Hopelink Board of Directors, among other regional boards and committees.
To learn more about the Housing Supply Accelerator, visit the NLC blog post.