This week: everyone’s talking about housing and zoning

If you’re a housing and zoning wonk, you’re going to want to spend time at City Hall this week.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing has no specific agenda items. Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting will have a vote on the proposed ban on practicing conversion therapy on minors.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has several items of note:

  • A bill providing protections to tenants from discrimination based upon source of income;
  • A bill limiting move-in fees that a landlord can charge tenants;
  • The 2016 budget update for the second quarter;
  • A compliance report on cable companies’ coverage of low-income areas of the city;
  • bill related to SEPA reviews for “infill” development projects in urban centers and urban villages, raising the exemption level until an area reaches 90% of its Comprehensive Plan growth target.
  • A resolution adopting the Equity and Environment Agenda as official city policy.

Tuesday morning the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets. Their very full agenda includes:

  • potential amendments to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (i.e. changes to designation of particular sites around the city);
  • rezoning parts of the Lake City Urban Village;
  • amendments to the Mandatory Housing Affordability residential program.

Tuesday afternoon the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. Its agenda includes:

  • The aforementioned Equity and Environment Agenda;
  • an agreement on design and planning for the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link light rail extension, with ST reimbursing the City of Seattle for its expenses in relation to the project;
  • a petition from Swedish Health Systems to vacate an alley in its First Hill campus.

Wednesday morning, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been published, but the Q2 Supplemental Budget bill will almost certainly be considered. It will also likely discuss an update to the Seattle City Employees Retirement System.

Wednesday afternoon the Education, Equity and Governance  Committee meets; there is no agenda for the meeting yet, but it is likely to review the cable companies’ compliance report, as well as an update to Seattle’s Sister Cities program.

Wednesday evening at 6pm, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will have a special meeting at the Seattle Public Library in Ballard for a public hearing on a proposed rezone of parts of the Ballard hub Urban Village.

Thursday morning the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee meets. The meeting agenda has not been published.

 

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