Port Angeles City Council Approves Subdivision Agreement

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles City Council has reached a pact with the developer of a 37-lot subdivision on nearly 8 acres of land at the intersection of Milwaukee Drive and West 14th Street.

Developer Dennis Yakovich said construction has begun on a house on a completed parcel in the subdivision, with only the foundation completed at this time. Other lots will be available for sale or development at the end of each of the five phases. Yakovich hopes it will be late summer or early fall for the first two phases.

Council agreed 6-0 on Tuesday, in the absence of council member Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, to donate nearly $44,000 in city funds for New Improvements for Neighborhood Community Improvement (NICE) to Yakovich in exchange for the completion of infrastructure work on the south side. from 14th street.

Yakovich had requested $43,969 in NICE funds to build a sidewalk on the north side of 14th Street and complete the right-of-way facade improvements as well as a connection to the Olympic Discovery Trail.

In exchange for the funds, the city and Yakovich have reached an agreement that, rather than providing a 50% cost match, Yakovich will build a sidewalk on the south side of the street, which goes beyond the requirements of the subdivision approval that has been granted. by the City Hearings Examiner in November 2019.

The city sets aside $75,000 a year in NICE funds to use for infrastructure projects, such as housing estates.

“I think it’s a great idea and exactly what I think these funds should be used for to promote affordable housing,” Council Member Mike French said.

“I live near this neighborhood. It’s very underdeveloped, so it will be a big win for the city,” he added.

The agreement will come into effect once phases one and two of the development have been approved.

“Parts of phases one and two have been completed and we are awaiting final approval of some of the facades, which must be approved by the Department of Public Works, which we should get very soon,” Yakovich said.

“We expect to complete these phases this summer, but it depends on being able to secure approvals, materials and contractors,” he added.

Phase one has about seven bundles available and phase two has five.

One of the conditions for development is that at least 20% of the houses built be “accessible housing”, i.e. housing for sale or rent requiring monthly costs not exceeding 30% of net income. of the eligible landlord or tenant.

An eligible homeowner would have an income no more than 120% of the county’s median income, which according to 2020 census data is $55,000 per year.

“This requirement stems from the infill overlay zone requirements,” said Emma Bolin, acting director of economic and community development.

“Since he (Yakovich) was able to get this overlay area, which allows for increased density, the developers have to include it in the project,” Bolin said.

The calculation indicates that an eligible resident would have a net income between just under $20,000 and $66,000 per year, or could afford to pay $1,600 in monthly payments.

“Basically it would be middle-income housing,” Bolin said.

The city recently made significant changes to its residential development codes in the city to allow for greater density.

Because this development started before those changes, it’s not subject to them, but Bolin says the design codes have changed so little that it probably wouldn’t affect development anyway.

“This project is vested in the codes that were in effect before the code changes,” she said.

“However, we have not changed anything that would have placed further restrictions on this project anyway.

“The only thing that’s changed is the allowed density for the cabins, which he’s looking at having for this project,” Bolin said.


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