The City of Battle Ground received a grant from the Department of Commerce to complete a Housing Action Plan. A Housing Action Plan identifies community housing needs and identifies ways the City can support development that is needed to build and strengthen our community.
As the community grows, its needs for housing to grow with it. Housing is not just about shelter, but about creating a sense of home and building a strong community. Battle Ground’s Housing Action Plan (HAP) will assess local housing needs and identify policy strategies and implementation actions to increase local housing supply.
The city, a team of consultants and stakeholders, compiled and reviewed the numerous survey responses we received, interviews with members of the community, and housing data to understand the housing market. This resulted in Battle Ground's first Housing Needs Assessment (HNA).
Where we are now
We are currently reviewing strategies to help address the gaps found in the Housing Needs Assessment. Strategies were compiled using the State of Washington Department of Commerce Guidance for Developing a Housing Action Plan, Draft June 2020 (Commerce Guidebook), an audit of Battle Ground’s zoning code, a review of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and feedback from outreach and interviews. This research will help identify strategies that will work well within our community and will result in a Housing Action Plan.