Affholter: Successful Density Opponents Mean Higher Housing Prices, Sprawl


Shannon Affholter, the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association had an important opinion piece in the print edition of the Seattle Times. In it, he makes the point that we’ve all been making over and over again: when anti-growth and opponents of growth succeed in slowing down housing supply, prices go up.  Having Affholter’s […]

Low-Rise Legislation Set for June Consideration


It appears that the denouement of low-rise legislation lies just ahead of us. Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s office has published a Council Bill that will finally resolve the question of “fixing” the low-rise zone. We strongly feel that there is nothing to fix. The whole low-rise saga began at the end of 2013 when some neighbors, […]

Seattle City Council Starts Slow Slide Toward Rent Control


Yesterday the Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee discussed renter protection legislation that was offered to try and stop supposed abuses of the City’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance (TRAO) requirements. The claim, only anecdotal, is that land lords are trying to get rid of tenants by boosting their rents dramatically — it’s called economic eviction. But […]