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Amid slowdown, debating developer incentives

The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee will have another hearing, discussion and possible vote tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. on a plan to extend the city’s incentive zoning program beyond downtown. This proposal would insure all … Continue reading

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Incentive zoning: Right solution, wrong problem?

The City Council appears to be moving deliberately and methodically toward approving an incentive zoning proposal. The morning after the public hearing I wrote about earlier, the Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee held a three-hour meeting including a another … Continue reading

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Incentive zoning draws a crowd and strange bedfellows

Incentive zoning to create affordable housing had a lengthy public hearing tonight. Labor likes incentive zoning saying that “development left unchecked [will] widen the gap between rich and poor.” That doesn’t sound very “pro-development.” But Steve Williamson from UFCW Local … Continue reading

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Does incentive zoning help only the big developments?

As you may know, Seattle officials are trying to decide whether to extend the city’s incentive zoning program beyond downtown. The program gives developers more building capacity in exchange for earmarking affordable units. In some cities like Boston, including affordable … Continue reading

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You scratch my back. . .

Transfers of Development Rights are not new. In 1916, New York City planners zoned the city and included a provision letting owners sell their building rights to neighboring lots. In the 1960s, they changed the law so lots didn’t have … Continue reading

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Can zoning save Seattle from going Stepford?

Former council staffer Roger Valdez wrote an interesting column on growth and change in today’s P-I. Growth is coming, Valdez says; lots of it. So how do we accommodate all these new people, their new houses and cars and needs, … Continue reading

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