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Inclusionary Zoning – A Tool to Increase Affordable Housing

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
1 PM - 2 PM
Cost: $35 - Scholarships available (see below)
Credits: CM (see below)


Registration closes Monday, December 13 at 5 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording.

Webinar Overview

Housing affordability is a major issue facing numerous communities throughout Washington. Many people are either paying more than 30% of their household income for housing (especially lower-income households) or being forced to live far away from their place of employment (which leads to long commutes and increased traffic congestion).

One approach that local governments can use to help tackle their affordable housing problem is to adopt and administer an “inclusionary zoning” program. This regulatory tool requires a certain percentage of affordable units to be included within new residential development projects, or payment for construction of such units elsewhere in the community.

Educational Objectives

This webinar will provide planners and other people interested in affordable housing with:

  • Description of Inclusionary Zoning and related affordable housing tools
  • Key elements of an Inclusionary Zoning program
  • Case studies of several Washington cities that use Inclusionary Zoning as a tool to promote construction of new affordable housing units

Who Should Attend?

  • Local government planners, other public sector staff, private consultants, elected officials, and affordable housing advocates.


  • Andrew Bauer, AICP, Planning Manager, City of Shoreline. Andrew leads the City of Shoreline’s Planning Team which oversees long-range planning and implementation through the Development Code and development review process, including the City’s mandatory affordable housing program in the light rail station subareas. Andrew also recently facilitated the City’s Housing Action Plan through the Council adoption process and will be continuing work on implementing the priority strategies identified in the plan. He has more than 15 years of planning experience with local jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region, working on diverse topics such as housing, policy and code development, subarea planning, and transit-oriented development. Andrew received a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington Tacoma with a minor in Environmental Studies and certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Modeling.
  • Steve Butler, FAICP, Planning & Policy Manager, MRSC. Steve has been involved in most aspects of community planning for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors. At MRSC, he focuses primarily on the topics of planning, zoning, affordable housing, and homelessness. Steve has served as president of statewide planning associations in both Washington and Maine. Steve received a MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).
  • Christen Leeson, Long Range Senior Planner, City of Issaquah. When Christen started working for Issaquah in 2001, her first assignment was figuring out how to waive impact fees for affordable housing. Since then, being involved in affordable housing has become her favorite thing about her job. Christen has been involved in writing and creating affordable housing policies and tools including additional fee waivers for affordable units, density bonus, and inclusionary zoning. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science, Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Mike Stanger, Senior Planner, ARCH. Mike is a Senior Planner at ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing), a partnership of 15 local governments of east King County. He supports ARCH members in creating and administering land use and tax incentive programs for affordable housing. He also provides demographic and housing analyses for both long-range planning and to monitor performance of affordable housing programs. Previously, Mike was a Senior Planner/Demographer at Snohomish County and Assistant City Manager at Allen, Texas. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and studied urban design and planning at the University of Washington.


This training is eligible for:

Training Scholarships

  • The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) will provide one (1) training scholarship per member-county for this webinar. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer are asked to contact your county risk manager to request the registration code before you register. To learn if you are a WCRP member or if you have questions about scholarship opportunities, please contact
  • This MRSC webinar qualifies for reimbursement under WCIA’s Training Reimbursement Program. This program can be applied under the entity’s annual 1 percent training reimbursement allotment. Requestors must confer with their entity’s assigned WCIA Delegate and/or Alternate for reimbursement authorization. Requests must be submitted through the WCIA Origami Member Portal by the designated Origami user. All 2021 training reimbursement requests must be submitted in Origami by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021. No exceptions. For questions about reimbursement or determine your WCIA Delegate, Alternate or Origami user, contact WCIA Member Services at
  • Read about other scholarship opportunities.

Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided in full if registration is canceled before Monday, December 13 at 5pm. After that, refunds will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee up to the morning of the webinar. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.