DPD: We Didn’t Reduce Housing Capacity, but the Reduction Was Minor

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Last week Smart Growth Seattle had it’s day in court with the City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Well, it wasn’t court exactly, but the Hearing Examiner. The City had tried to throw our appeal of DPD’s and Councilmember Clark’s significant reduction of housing capacity in the city’s low-rise zones (Councilmember Clark continues to […]

Can We Legislate Good Design?

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Can we legislate good design? Short answer: you can’t. One of the greatest concerns of neighborhood groups and anti-development activists has to do not just with the fact that greater density is arriving within their locale, but rather with the design of these new additions to their street. Such materials as panel board and exposed structural concrete […]

Affordable Housing Project Feels the Blues

Here we go again. This KIRO 7 News story kind of speaks for itself. But this time 44 units of affordable housing are the focal point of neighborhood angst. This is yet another example of why we see a growing problem with overreach from neighbors who want to control every aspect of private development, even […]