Housing Action Plan
Housing Action Plan
The City and Borough 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.
“How can the city energize a market that is not producing enough housing for its workers?”
Median Household Income
of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher
of all households live in poverty
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.
New capacity created.
The City & Borough of Juneau created and filled a new staff position, Chief Housing Officer, based on the final report’s recommendations. The City and Borough dedicated resources to a new mobile home downpayment program. Read about it here.
In 2016, the Juneau Assembly approved sale of a downtown parking lot, paving the way for construction of affordable workforce housing downtown.
“We’ve gotta dive right in. If we don’t dive in, it doesn’t matter how many small things we do. We can work around the edges forever — which is what we’ve been doing — but without a radical shift in priority and in focus, we’re not going to get there.”
In December 2016, the Juneau Planning Commission and Assembly recommended and adopted the Housing Action Plan. 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.
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