Doing the Math: MFTE Creates Many More Housing Units Than Grand Bargain

Let’s take a super quick look at a couple projects that participated in the City’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program, a very successful program that has produced thousands of units of rent restricted housing for people earning between 60 and 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). The MFTE works by giving a property tax […]

The Lawyers: Linkage is Illegal but What About the Bargain Part 2

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Yesterday, I posted the text of a letter signed by a group of respected land use lawyers concerning linkage taxes. They thought linkage was illegal and said so in a very bold statement. But how do their comments apply to the Mandatory Inclusion Zoning (MIZ) element in the Grand Bargain. I’ve gone through the letter […]

Thursday: Pacific Legal Foundation to Talk Grand Bargain and Takings

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Ethan Blevins of the Pacific Legal Foundation (the Foundation) will join us this Thursday at the regular breakfast meeting of the Seattle Builders Council (7:30AM at the Blue Star Cafe in Wallingford). Blevins will talk about the Foundation’s work in land use and housing and talk about his thoughts on legal issues related to the […]