Seattle Doesn’t Need Impact Fees


As if things weren’t bad enough, the Seattle City Council is considering impact fees, the charges applied to new development allowed by State law to off set the impacts of new growth. Largely limited to the suburbs, impact fees add costs to new housing and therefore increase the price of that housing. In a way, […]

HALA Needs Neighborhood Development Managers to Survive


Here’s a Facebook exchange over at City Builders about my last post about neighborhood process and the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee in which I pointed out that the HALA Committee WAS the public process for future upzones that will create affordable housing: Michael Taylor-Judd NO, the process was NOT […]

MFTE Reauthorization Deliberations Begin


Today at 9:30AM the Seattle City Council’s Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency will begin the process to renew the City’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program. The program has created over 4,000 affordable housing units all over the city, and very efficiently. Here’s a quick rundown from a previous post: Multifamily Tax Exemption […]