Tag: regulation

This isn't the first time Matthew Yglesias, co-founder of Vox, has waded into Seattle issues from his national platform. And it's not the first time he's gotten things wrong, either. Consider when, in late 2015, Yglesias proclaimed that Seattle had reversed the trend of rising rents (it hadn't) because...
The Seattle ROWIM or Right Of Way Improvement Manual may be the most important acronym guiding the development of Seattle streets today. How wide are sidewalks required to be? Where can driveways go? What sorts of street lighting do developers need to provide around new condo buildings? These questions are always...
Linkage Fees, proposed fees on new development to pay for affordable housing, have a lot of critics. And the critics' arguments are probably all pretty familiar by now to those who follow housing issues in the city. But for those who don't, a quick summary: regulations that ostensibly fund...
The fourth proposed regulation on micro-housing concerns minimum square footage of communal areas. The city would like to require a minimum square footage for the kitchen. This issue was raised because some of the micro-housing projects have kitchen sizes as small as 50 square feet. The city’s proposal on this...
As mentioned in a previous post, opponents of micro-housing have a legitimate concern that new developments may change the character of their neighborhood. Not all their complaints are fair though. The most emotional and misguided attacks on micro-housing are related to parking. Many opponents of micro-housing criticize developments because they...
Fortunately, we aren’t the only ones writing about housing issues. Here’s what we’ve read recently: The Sightline Institute showing how parking drives up the cost of rent. Fortunately, this isn’t news to anyone that’s been following this issue but it’s great to see the report covered in so many publications!...
How can it be a problem if something is free? It turns out, free and subsidized parking is a problem because it is often only free or subsidized for the person doing the parking and everyone else pays for it. Two common types of parking in Seattle include: 1. Curb parking 2. Privately...
What does a city need to ensure residents with different incomes can afford housing? One of Seattle’s strategies is to provide a tax exemption for developments that include affordable housing. How do developments qualify for the Multi-family Property Tax Exemption program? An application must be submitted before the first building permit...