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What Seattle’s “Best in the Nation” Mother-In-Law Apartment and Backyard Cottage Reform Does

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On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously (8-0 vote) adopted a land use reform bill, easing restrictions on building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in...

ADUs In, McMansions Out, and Could Fourplexes Be Next?

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The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 Monday to pass accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform, making it much easier to add a backyard cottage and/or...

Call to Action: Attend the Backyard Cottage Public Hearing at Seattle City Hall Tuesday

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The first public hearing on Councilmember Mike O'Brien's backyard cottage proposal is Tuesday June 11th, and housing activists under the umbrella group More Options...

New Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax Will Be Windfall for Single-Family Homeowners, While Hitting...

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Why not use the revenue to build affordable housing? The Washington State Legislature was busy as it sprinted toward the end of the 2019 session....

Mayor Durkan Signs into Law Mandatory Housing Affordability Rezoning 27 Urban Villages

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The bills' signage marks the end of a long fight by housing advocates to get affordability requirements enshrined in Seattle law. Before a crowd of...

How We Got Here: A (Brief) History of Mandatory Housing Affordability in Seattle

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Today Seattle City Council is voting on "citywide" implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a form of inclusionary zoning from which single family zones...

Could Preserving Affordable Rental Housing Stop Displacement in Seattle?

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As Seattle City Council debates legislation that would require additional housing affordability contributions from developers, big questions have emerged about whether efforts to preserve...

MHA Has Advanced to the Finish Line

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Affordable housing advocates should set their sights on what comes next. Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation passed 8-0 out of the select committee earlier...