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Design Review

Mayor Proposes Minimal Relief from Seattle’s Treacherous Design Review

The Office of the Mayor announcing legislation extending Covid-era exemptions that allow affordable rental housing projects to skip design review, the costly and time-consuming...
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Scope Out Bellevue’s Skyline of Tomorrow

Buried behind a storm of mammoth projects are yet more potential development proposals in Downtown Bellevue. While these projects don't possess the scale of...
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Downtown Bellevue Anticipates a Wave of Mega-Projects

Among the many projects up for consideration in Downtown Bellevue, a significant faction stands out for the sheer scale of its developments. These projects...

To Meet Housing and Sustainability Goals, Seattle Must Streamline Land Use Code

Few things perfectly encapsulate the problems of planning like a city’s land use code. Unlike the building code, which dictates the life safety requirements...

Housing Notes: Woodland Park Camp Removal, Northgate TOD, 45-Story Towers, and Data Dashboard Confessionals

On Thursday, Mayor Bruce Harrell promised the imminent release of housing data dashboard that will show his administration is on course to meet a...
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Housing Notes: 16-Story Tower Proposed in Kirkland and 114 Middle-Income Homes in West Seattle

The Puget Sound Regional Council adopted a Regional Housing Strategy which could have a big impact on housing growth -- if cities and counties...
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Housing Notes: Capitol Hill Safeway Mixed-Use Design Review, TOD in Lynnwood and Northgate

First a quick factoid to kick off this installment of housing notes. U.S. Census data shows that housing construction is on the rise across...

Seattle Budget Amendments Advance Design Review Reform and Comp Plan Outreach

The Seattle City Council has prepared more than 200 amendments to Mayor Jenny Durkan's 2022 budget proposal. Among them are amendments that would initiate...