King County’s Ordinance 12394, approved in 1996, states that any surplus parcels that are suitable for housing should be sold or leased for the development of affordable housing. Each year, the surplus property list is updated, and suitable properties are offered for development as affordable homes. Factors considered in determining suitability of public sites include topography, zoning and availability of utilities. In its first examination in 1997, King County found that 52 out of 750 surplus county-owned parcels had housing development potential. By the beginning of 2007, the ordinance had generated 400 new affordable housing units, including 170 units in the Greenbrier Heights development in Woodinville.

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Bob Thompson, King County Real Estate Services Division
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