• Councilmember Johnson: Should We Be Optimistic or Pessimistic About Neighborhoods

    Last week I did a presentation and moderated a panel with new City Councilmember Rob Johnson. The slides I used to set up the panel are above. Basically I told a story about how politics and the need for a victim (renters), a villain (builders and developers), and a hero (politicians) has over shaped and […]

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Herbold’s New Red Line: Why Make it Harder to Build in Poor Neighborhoods?

Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s amendment to the framework for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning sends a bizarre signal to the housing market: don’t build housing in poor neighborhoods. We’ve already said over and over again that Mandatory Incentive Zoning (MIZ) adds costs and delays to the production of housing with fees and inclusion requirements. Those costs, imposed to create […]

Wendtland Comments on MIZ

City Knows MIZ Will Raise All Housing Prices

It’s something I’ve been saying for a long time: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) will raise the price of housing overall. Why? Because when you fee and tax the production of housing, even when you loosen the production limits, it will take longer and cost more to produce new housing. How do those extra costs get […]

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City Council 1, Grand Bargain 0: Update on Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

Today the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee passed 11 amendments to the Mayor’s proposed framework for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning. I’m not going to get into the technical details of all the amendments but the most significant one passed by the Committee was one that created a big dust up earlier this week. Herbold’s said in […]