Knee Deep in The Big Muddy: Will City Press On with MIZ?

June 20, 2016 Re: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Proposal in PLUZ Committee on 6/20/2016 Mayor Murray and Councilmembers, Attached you will find a three page list of process hang ups, rules, regulations, and code language that each add time and cost to the production of housing in Seattle. Each of these is a solvable challenge and […]

Lot Suit: City’s Motion to Dismiss Fails, Compares Housing to Porn, Drugs


Often, when the City is challenged in court, they make procedural motions to try and kill the appeal or suit before the merits of the case can be argued. The City made this move when they move to dismiss our appeal of low-rise legislation as the work of “a creature of the internet.” That move failed […]

HALA Recommendations: Stop Death by 1000 Processes!

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There is a lot of talk about supporting what people point to and call “HALA,” which is supposed to be shorthand for the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Committee. Unfortunately, often what “I support HALA” means is Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ), the inflationary scheme that will add costs, reduce rent revenues, […]