O’Brien: No to Small-Lot, Micros, Low-Rise, but YES! to Tents?


Seattle is in the grip of a panic over homeless encampments. Who’s panicking? The same people that have panicked over small-lot housing in single-family zones, that panicked over microhousing, and that panicked over buildings in the low-rise zone blocking precious light and air. These are also the people who Councilmember Mike O’Brien has been listening […]

Move In Rules More Rent Control Through the Back Door


Update 10/3/2016: The Seattle City Council has passed out of committee legislation that is, essentially, piecemeal rent control. The proposed legislation is full of unintended consequences and won’t work. Here’s a comprehensive explanation of why from the Rental Housing Association of Washington shared at today’s Council hearing on the legislation.  Re: CB 118756 – caps on […]

Abutting Lot Decision: What Would an 82.02.020 Challenge to MIZ Look Like?

3rd Legal Post MIZ

I’m not a judge and I don’t even play one on tee vee, but if I was a Judge asked to deliver a summary judgement on the legality of the City’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) program, what they call Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), what would I find and how would I rule? What kind of […]