Design Review: Room for Improvement 


Last night I attended the first of two community meetings hosted by the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) on proposed improvements to the Design Review process. Many people, both developers and neighborhoods, are not happy with Design Review. Builders often feel like the process is expensive with very little benefit and […]

Council to Hear Public Comments on HALA Recommendations Tonight


Tonight at City Hall, the City Council’s Select Committee on Housing will hear public comments on recommendations of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee. Here’s the details: Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. (Public Hearing), Council Chambers There are 65 recommendations in the HALA document, many of which are great ideas. However, the one […]

Seattle Doesn’t Need Impact Fees


As if things weren’t bad enough, the Seattle City Council is considering impact fees, the charges applied to new development allowed by State law to off set the impacts of new growth. Largely limited to the suburbs, impact fees add costs to new housing and therefore increase the price of that housing. In a way, […]