Knee Deep in The Big Muddy: Will City Press On with MIZ?

June 20, 2016 Re: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Proposal in PLUZ Committee on 6/20/2016 Mayor Murray and Councilmembers, Attached you will find a three page list of process hang ups, rules, regulations, and code language that each add time and cost to the production of housing in Seattle. Each of these is a solvable challenge and […]

The 66th HALA Recommendation: Tax Increment Financing

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For so many years, whenever I was in a room or panel and the issue of housing or urban development came up you could be sure that I would make sure Tax Increment Financing (TIF) got into the discussion. It was a predilection that I took with me when I went to work at the […]

Most Promising HALA Recommendation: On-Street Parking Reform


Buried deep in the HALA document are a pair of recommendations that could, if pursued, really effect neighborhoods where new infill development and parking politics collide. By awarding recommendations “OP1 Create a parking benefit district and ‘cap and trade’ demonstration/pilot program“ and “OP2 Explore revising the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) program” as the most promising […]