Linkage Fee Dead: NIMBYs Can’t Hide Behind Social Justice Anymore

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As I pointed out yesterday there are some truly bold and forward thinking ideas in the report of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee report. This is especially true when it comes to addressing Seattle’s longstanding view that single-family zones were off the table for more density. The HALA Report pushes that […]

HALA Recommendations: Toward 21st Century Solutions?

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We won’t have the final, official version of recommendations from the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee until this morning at 11, but from every thing we’ve seen and heard, including the leaked report last week, is encouraging. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the discussion about housing is the continuing dependence it has on zoning […]

Leaked Report Sparks Debate on Single Family Designation

Earlier this week the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee had it’s final report (or a draft of the final report)  leaked to the media. The draft has some pretty amazing things to say about single-family zones. The exclusivity of Single Family Zones limits the type of housing available for sale or rent, limits […]