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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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MHA in the International District is Unfair and Ignores Complexity of the Neighborhood

June 14, 2017 To:                   Councilmember Rob Johnson, Chair, Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee From:             Roger Valdez, Director, Smart Growth Seattle Re:                   Implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in the             […]

Impact Fees? Increase and Raid REET? Only Poor and People of Color Will Suffer.

Here we go again. The Seattle Times ran a guest editorial titled, “Builders, not residents, should pay for Seattle’s explosive growth.” Now people are buzzing about impact fees on social media. Worse, some candidates for Mayor are talking up the idea. Please stop! We don’t need impact fees. We have other resources like the Real […]

Design Review Update Will Make Housing More Expensive

The City is currently considering changes to the design review process. In short, creating a square footage threshold for design review is a good idea and something we’ve been asking for a long time. In fact, when the fight over microhousing was about whether it ought to go through design review, we argued that since […]