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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.

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More on the Impacts of Proposed Microhousing Legislation

The letter below was recently sent to Seattle City Councilmembers and is part of an ongoing educational campaign to inform Seattle’s policy makers about the negative impact of Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s microhousing legislation which will be up for a vote on October 6.   We’ve been making the point that the legislation and amendments will […]

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Linkage Fees: Will Seattle Start the San Francisco Death Spiral

The Seattle City Council is at it again. Councilmember Mike O’Brien wants a “linkage fee” on all new development in Seattle to raise money for subsidized housing. This new tax being discussed today in the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee is supposed to lower rents. When have adding fees and costs to something […]

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DPD: We Didn’t Reduce Housing Capacity, but the Reduction Was Minor

Last week Smart Growth Seattle had it’s day in court with the City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Well, it wasn’t court exactly, but the Hearing Examiner. The City had tried to throw our appeal of DPD’s and Councilmember Clark’s significant reduction of housing capacity in the city’s low-rise zones (Councilmember Clark continues to […]