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Making “Missing Middle” Housing Work in Washington State

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
12 PM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $40
Credits: CM (Pending Approval)



Registration closes on Monday, September 26 at 5 PM. All registrants will also receive a link to view the webinar recording.
We can only provide certificates of attendance to those who register and attend the live webinar.

Webinar Overview

Many communities throughout Washington State and beyond are grappling with a housing supply problem. "Missing Middle Housing (MMH)" provides a wider range of housing options between detached single-family homes and high-density apartment/condo buildings. Developing MMH increases diversity of a community’s housing stock, both in form and relative affordability, while catering to a wide variety of demographic groups, including millennials, empty nesters, and multigenerational households that are looking for smaller homes in walkable neighborhoods. Examples of MMH include duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes, cottage housing, courtyard apartments, and live/work units.

Educational Objectives

The webinar will provide valuable information on:

  • What is meant by the term “Missing Middle Housing (MMH)”
  • How MMH can fit into a community’s vision, comprehensive plan, and Housing Action Plan to address the wide array of housing needs
  • Examples of regulatory and non-regulatory strategies that effectively encourage the construction of MMH
  • Early results of adopted MMH ordinances
  • Tips on how to engage key stakeholders when working to address the local housing needs that could be met by MMH development

Who Should Attend?

City and County planners, housing planners, city managers, elected officials, and other people interested in affordable housing and growth management.


  • Leonard Bauer, FAICP, Director of Community Planning and Development, City of Olympia. Leonard holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.  He served as the Managing Director of Growth Management Services for the State of Washington from 2001 - 2013, and as a planner and planning director at various local and regional governments in Oregon and Washington. In 2014, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a national recognition for career achievements in planning. 
  • Chris Behee GISP, Long Range Planning Manager, City of Bellingham. With a background in Geography, Chris has supported Bellingham's comprehensive planning work in the GIS Analyst role since the 1998 and recently started managing the City's Long Range Planning Division.  In the past five years, missing middle housing projects approved under Bellingham's Infill Toolkit regulations have yielded over 400 new units and there are an additional 350 under review.  Prior to Bellingham, Chris worked at Whatcom County Planning from 1990 to 1998. He has a B.A. in Geography from WWU.
  • Spencer Gardner, AICP, Director of Planning Services, City of Spokane. Spencer is the Planning Director for the City of Spokane. Before that, he worked as a consultant on planning and engineering projects for communities of varying sizes around the country. Spencer earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. He spent the past dozen years working for two private planning and design firms working on a variety of planning efforts. His role includes providing strategic leadership and support to Planning Services while overseeing growth management and comprehensive planning.
  • Stephen Neuenschwander, Planning Manager, City of Wenatchee. Stephen is the Planning Manager for the Wenatchee’s Community Development Department. Since joining the City in 2017, the department has completed updates of critical areas regulations, a comprehensive review and update of housing codes and standards, a comprehensive sign code update, and a Shoreline Master Program update. The City of Wenatchee is working towards implementing new standards for streateries and parklets. Stephen has over 19 years of current and long-range professional planning experience and is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Geography with a planning emphasis as well as Eastern Washington University with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Adam Weinstein, AICP, Director of Planning and Building, City of Kirkland. Adam is the Director of Planning & Building for the City of Kirkland, WA, where he oversees long-range planning, sustainability, urban forestry, code enforcement, and all aspects of permitting. Prior to his position with the City of Kirkland, Adam managed the Planning Division for the City of Pleasanton, CA; prior to that, he was a Berkeley and Seattle-based Principal at LSA Associates, a small urban planning consulting firm, where he worked on projects ranging from the Apple campus expansion to the development of new wineries on California’s central coast. He has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he also majored in English Literature) and a Master of City Planning from the University of California-Berkeley.
  • 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).


This training is eligible for:

Training Scholarships

  • Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) Members: This MRSC webinar qualifies for reimbursement under WCIA’s Training Reimbursement Program and is eligible for reimbursement upon program completion. 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. For questions about reimbursement or determine your WCIA Delegate, Alternate or Origami user, contact WCIA Member Services at
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Payment Policy: Payment for this webinar is completed online by credit card only. If you need to be billed, there will be a $5.00 administrative fee added to your registration fee. Please contact if you need to request an invoice for this webinar.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided in full if registration is canceled before Monday, September 26 at 11:59 PM. After that, refunds will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee up until the start of the webinar. Please contact if you need to request a refund on 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.