New Directors Rule Will Restore Some Parking Exemptions

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In response to a Hearing Examiner’s decision that eliminated using a GIS map and an averaging of headways to determining frequent transit, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has issued a new clarifying rule about parking exemptions in those area. The decision by the Examiner in December had cast doubt over many housing projects […]

Council Does More Damage to Affordability Without Debate

I think the Seattle City Council has forgotten what a legislative body does: debate issues. Yesterday the City Council, with very little process or discussion, plowed ahead and passed substantial changes to the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program for Small Efficiency Dwelling Units or SEDUs, the new version of microhousing created by the City last […]

City Council Poised to Make Damaging Changes to MFTE

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Once again the Seattle City Council has ignored the math and concerns from builders and is ready to substantially chance the voluntary Multifamily Tax Exemption program in a way that will reduce participation. Councilmember Sally Clark will propose legislation to the full Council later this morning that will lower the threshold for affordability to 40 […]