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 Bargains Away Housing in Mixed Low-Rise Vote


The stage was set: Which Councilmembers would appear to support or oppose Councilmember Tom Rasmussen’s terrible amendments to already not-so-great low-rise legislation? By the time deliberations began on his 8 amendments, 7 Councilmembers were present a the Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee. As we’ve pointed out, the legislation went from bad, to better, […]

Let Council Know You’re Against Rasmussen Amendments to LR Legislation


There isn’t any simpler way to put it: Please let the City Council know you oppose Councilmember Rasmussen’s efforts to return currently low-rise legislation to the form it was in when we appealed it last year. Councilmember Rasmussen has 9 amendments before the Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee tomorrow afternoon. We need your […]