A suite of Comprehensive Plan amendments are now under consideration by the Seattle City Council. Three separate proposals are being vetted, which are the culmination of periodic updates required under the Growth Management Act, annual amendment proposals, technical policy...
The Seattle City Council met for an extensive agenda yesterday, which included two ordinances devised to advance the cause of rental protections and preservation of affordable housing. Both ordinances were nearly identical in language to the versions introduced in...
The Seattle City Council met last night as the Select Committee on Housing Affordability, an ad hoc committee formed to discuss, vet, and realize the Mayor's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) recommendations. The meeting represents an important milestone...
Over the last two months the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) recommendations garnered tremendous debate, some of which nearly killed the historic proposal and short circuited a real discussion. As a community, we need to continue talking...
On Wednesday the Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing on recommendations to increase the city's amount and variety of affordable housing options. Over the past year, the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Advisory Committee (HALA) has been...
In the heat of ongoing debates over the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) recommendations, single family zoning, and rent control, it sometimes seems like there is little consensus on clear next steps for affordable housing policy. Yet one...
Over the weekend, I drove through Wallingford after picking up some groceries and along the way one particular row of houses caught my eye. At first glance, I thought they were just some nice brick homes that all happened to...
At a general legislative session yesterday, the Seattle City Council met to discuss a packed agenda. Topics ranged from the waterfront public space initiative to all-gender bathrooms, and over an hour of public comment centered on the Mayor's plan to close...