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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.

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Microhousing: Legal Options on DPD Shutdown

The City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) doesn’t seem to be listening to the development community these days. But they do listen to angry neighbors (see our appeal and the legislation they produced over regulating micros which was passed by the Seattle City Council). They also seem to listen to judges. So we […]

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Microhousing: The City Council Eliminates Another Housing Option

Yesterday, the Seattle City Council went ahead and did exactly what we asked them not to do: pass numerous restrictions on microhousing that will make them fewer and more expensive. Here’s a great summary of what the Council passed by Publicola’s Erica Barnett. Council members—headed up by Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee chair Mike O’Brien—proposed […]

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Seattle’s Love Affair with Housing Committees and Fees

To great fanfare, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray launched his housing advisory committee on September 23rd, 2014, seeking recommendations on how to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis. The 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability was created by a city council resolution, and the unpaid, volunteer committee includes private property developers, local housing experts, and advocates for tenants […]