“How can the city energize a market that is not producing enough housing for its workers?”
Client: City and Borough of Juneau
Team Members: Rob Krupicka, Charles Buki, Karen Beck Pooley, Thomas Eddington
Services: Housing Analysis, Strategy Development, Report Creation
The City of Juneau, a community of 32,000 residents in the Alaskan panhandle, hired czb in 2015 to develop a housing action plan. The city's fragile economy was discouraging the private market from taking risks on development beyond the production of a few high-end units, leading to the unusual combination of both housing price escalation and widespread housing disinvestment in both the City and Borough of Juneau.
czb spent several months painstakingly analyzing land use and housing patterns in Juneau. We conducted a series of focus groups, surveyed community residents, and met with officials and community members to talk about the final action plan and the community's needs.
In December 2016, the Juneau Planning Commission and Assembly recommended and adopted the Housing Action Plan.
The City & Borough of Juneau created and filled a new staff position, Chief Housing Officer, based on the final report's recommendations.
In 2016, the Juneau Assembly approved sale of a downtown parking lot, paving the way for construction of affordable workforce housing downtown.
The City and Borough dedicated resources to a new mobile home downpayment program.
czb's final report for the City and Borough of Juneau contained several action items designed specifically to address affordability challenges, insufficient housing supply, and piecemeal employer-assisted housing efforts.