O’Brien Plays Politics with Design Review, Mayor Opposes.¬†

As I said yesterday proposed legislation produced by the City Council to make changes to the low-rise zones is better than the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD). ¬†There are still problems (see my one house in a row post). One, ironically, is being pointed out by DPD itself: that the proposal’s addition of a […]

Can You Have One House in a Row?


Row [roh] noun 1. A number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straightline: A row of apple trees. 2. A line of persons or things so arranged: The petitioners waited in a row. 3. A line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater: Seats in the third row of the balcony. 4. A street formed by two continuous lines of buildings. First, let me say that Council sponsored low-rise legislation is a lot better than the proposal that the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) offered last year. We appealed that proposal because it would have had a devastating effect on housing […]

Linkage Fees Will Impede Housing Production


At the heart of the debate over Seattle’s proposed linkage fee is the question of whether it undermines its own intent to provide affordable housing by either raising rents or impeding the production of housing. A recent post by Owen Pickford at The Urbanist argues that a linkage fee would have no negative impact on […]