Land Use & Development

A rendering shows the potential and planned projects at Northgate Station, formerly Northgate Mall.

With Light Rail’s Arrival, Northgate Urban Center Takes Shape

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Transportation infrastructure for walking and biking in the Northgate Station area has received a boost as Link light rail arrives in the neighborhood. With...

Sunday Video: Vienna’s Radical Idea? Affordable Housing For All

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41VJudBdYXY Bloomberg Quicktake/CityLab explores how Vienna is tackling affordable housing for all in the city. Mike Eliason, syndicated columnist of The Urbanist, offers his perspective...

Seattle Storm Win Early Approval for New Training Facility

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City Council Land Use Committee votes to exempt proposed Interbay site from zoning rules. On Friday, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle...

Burien Adopts Pedestrian-Oriented RapidRide Station Overlay Development Standards

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Burien is banking on bus rapid transit (BRT) and code changes to deliver a transit-oriented future on a primary city corridor. With the expected...
A photo showing an aerial view of Seattle looking north from the Space needle, housing, roads, and Greenlake are all visible.

The Benefits of Auctioning Off Development Rights

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In an era of tight city budgets, legal limits on taxing authority, and expensive problems, it is time for Seattle to get creative. We...
A graphic of blue and green mountains with the skyline of a city in front of them with the words WA Can't Wait in a white box on the left corner.

What It Will Take to Close the Illegal Growth Loophole in 2022

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Note: This article was revised on 10/29/21 to reflect Futurewise's decision to rename the "vesting loophole" as the "illegal growth loophole" to more clearly...

Sunday Video: Safe Cycling Showdown – Good v. Bad City Design (Plus 1, Minus...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8F5hXqS-Ac Not Just Bikes showcases an urban cycling game with Canadian counterpart from Shifter. The duo of vloggers show what their bike rides look like...
A photo shows an empty lot with tall grass on a suburban street.

How the GMA’s Illegal Growth Loophole Works in Practice

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Note: This article was revised on 10/29/21 to reflect Futurewise's decision to rename the "vesting loophole" as the "illegal growth loophole" to more clearly...