Shoreline is a city of neighborhoods and affordable homes. Shoreline—and the region—are changing, but Keith is committed to making sure our core values remain intact. We welcome everyone, regardless of race, religion, or any other personal characteristic. We value our differences. We protect our trees and value our schools and parks. We’re economically cautious, but aren’t afraid to make bold investments where needed. And, most of all, we value community and neighborhoods.
Keith focused the first three years of his city council term on sidewalks. He’s proud to report that we now have a dedicated funding source for repair, and a separate small sales tax increase for a range of new construction across the city. The work isn’t done yet – Shoreline needs to continue to look for federal and state grants and other funding sources to even further expand our network—but Shoreline’s pedestrian landscape will see dramatic improvements in the next five to ten years.
Point Wells is a proposed development on a small parcel of land right next to the Puget Sound just north of Richmond Beach. Although the property is in Snohomish County, the only current access is through Shoreline. Shoreline has been working on all fronts—including ongoing litigation—to make sure that the development is kept to a reasonable size and doesn’t overwhelm our services. Keith is committed to continuing efforts to keep Point Wells small, if it happens at all.
Tree preservation and open space
As the city grows more dense our trees and open space become increasingly more important. And acquiring park space is increasingly difficult as property values go up. Keith fights steadfastly to increase tree protection and acquire more park land, with a focus on making sure new development pays park impact fees so existing residents don’t pay more than their fair share.
Shoreline has one of the most aggressive affordable housing programs in the region. We mandate affordable housing in some of our high-density zones and provide significant incentives across the city. Shoreline also recently donated a parcel of land to the King County Housing Authority for construction of a number of units for very-low-income residents.
But it isn’t enough. We’re still losing affordable housing at a constant rate and Shoreline is no longer a place most families can start or individuals can retire. Keith favors increased mandatory affordable housing protections across the city. The market isn’t going to take care of it alone.
We can’t lose sight of the fact that existing housing is affordable, too. While we need to add density to accommodate growth, we also need to remember that some of the neighborhoods we’re slating for redevelopment contain houses that are affordable right now.
Keith is a board member on the Continuum of Care board, the regional body tasked with coordinating efforts to combat homelessness. There is no simple answer to homelessness and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But there are exciting developments afoot in this area, including a regional authority proposal that will expand oversight and accountability. And there’s a new sense that we actually need to listen to homeless people and provide services that meet their needs rather than trying to force people into programs that don’t actually help. Keith is committed to expanded outreach services, a focus on affordable housing, and government-funded short- and long-term housing for the very low-income.
None of this means we have to turn over our parks, accept discarded syringes, or give up on law enforcement. Homelessness does not equal criminality, and there’s no reason to accept criminals or criminal behavior from any segment of the population.
Everyone is welcome
Shoreline, like America, is a place of immigrants. Shoreline welcomes everyone, regardless of who they are or where they were born. Keith is proud of the Shoreline Police Department’s work to make connections to Shoreline’s diverse population and pleased that the City employs an equity and inclusion coordinator to make sure no one is left out of the City’s programs or overlooked for public comment.