San Francisco: What a Real Debate About Housing Looks Like

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I pointed out how desultory the City Council’s discussion about housing has become. Councilmembers seem to be sleepwalking through the most important discussion our city has ever had about housing. Instead of engaging with the community and each other, Councilmembers are rubber stamping legislation that will end up doing serious damage to housing affordability. However, […]

New Directors Rule Will Restore Some Parking Exemptions

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In response to a Hearing Examiner’s decision that eliminated using a GIS map and an averaging of headways to determining frequent transit, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has issued a new clarifying rule about parking exemptions in those area. The decision by the Examiner in December had cast doubt over many housing projects […]

Council Does More Damage to Affordability Without Debate

I think the Seattle City Council has forgotten what a legislative body does: debate issues. Yesterday the City Council, with very little process or discussion, plowed ahead and passed substantial changes to the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program for Small Efficiency Dwelling Units or SEDUs, the new version of microhousing created by the City last […]