Kenmore is one of the few communities in east King County with a significant number of mobile and manufactured homes (approximately 250 in six parks). Mobile and manufactured housing offers a relatively affordable form of unsubsidized single-family housing but the overall availability of mobile and manufactured housing has been decreasing in King County as parks are redeveloped and replaced with more expensive housing and other uses. The City does not want to be in the position of some surrounding communities that have had to face the issues of a mobile home park closure in a time of crisis.
The City Council has taken action through Ordinance 19-0481 , the Manufactured Housing Communities ordinance, to make closure less likely, and/or address the impacts of closure of the mobile home parks, while at the same time offering landowners the ability to transfer their development rights.
In June, the City received an appeal to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) of Ordinance 19-0481. Procedural issues with that appeal have resulted in court consideration. During the appeal process, Ordinance 19-0481 remains in effect and will continue to apply to all six of the mobile home parks in the city. The City Manager has recommended to the City Council that they strongly defend the ordinance.
In the meantime, the City will be delaying work on the future up-zoning outlined in Resolution 19-319 for the four parks north of SR-522.
For more information, please contact Lauri Anderson at 425-398-8900.