Take the Survey on Minimum Room and Dwelling Unit Sizes


I’ve been serving on a subcommittee of the Construction Code Advisory Board (CCAB) on smaller living spaces. I know, what’s the CCAB? Well, the CCAB is a hard working group of experts in various fields of construction and building that review changes to the building code. The building code is a powerful way of ensuring […]

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 […]

Environmental Impact of MIZ: Our Comments to the City

EIS Comments

In an earlier post I mentioned that the City has found a Determination of Significance (DS) for their Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) proposal which they call Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA – R). This is our comment for their process of determining the environmental impacts of MHA -R. We think they are significant.  Our […]