Tag: affordable housing

SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE APPROVED BY COUNCIL COMMITTEE

April 25th, 2013

On Monday, April 22, the City Council celebrated Earth Day with a unanimous Committee of the Whole vote approving a far-reaching rezone of South Lake Union (Council Bill 117603). The land use changes will allow for more jobs and housing close to downtown, reducing sprawl and the environmental degradation that accompanies it. The Council modified […]

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SOUTH LAKE UNION: CAREFUL WORK NEEDED

March 1st, 2013

  Some Councilmembers are talking about modifying the bonus/incentive zoning program in the proposed South Lake Union (SLU) rezone legislation to capture more value from development and increase the amount of money for affordable housing. To be clear, the rezone legislation is ALREADY an increase on the status quo because there is essentially no incentive […]

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REMOVING MINIMUM PARKING REQUIREMENTS WHERE UNNEEDED

May 10th, 2012

On Wednesday, May 9, the Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee (PLUS) agreed to a revised proposal developed by the Seattle Planning Commission that adds portions of the City to the area already exempt from minimum parking requirements.  The action is part of a larger package of regulatory reforms designed to stimulate economic activity […]

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WHY DOES SEATTLE HAVE A MULTI FAMILY TAX EXEMPTION PROGRAM?

June 16th, 2011

Seattle’s multi-family tax exemption (MFTE) program has come under fire recently.  It has been suggested that the program subsidizes apartments that are too expensive, and that the program effectively serves as a subsidy to developers to build projects that they would have built anyway.  As is often the case, the reality is more complex.  The […]

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