The city’s Incentive Zoning program has its roots in the 1970’s and has grown and changed much in the decades since then. Today it’s co-managed by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and the Office of Housing (OH). Last year, Council member O’Brien asked the City Auditor to verify whether the city was accurately applying the IZ land use code to projects that opted into the program. They found a long list of issues and made 22 recommendations for improvements to the program. This morning, the City Council was briefed on the findings.
A few items of note happened at the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
Last week a new report came out on AirBnB’s “home sharing” business, and it questions the view that the company is about sharing that extra room in your house.
This morning a group of Seattle landlords sued the City of Seattle over the “first in time” tenant ordinance passed last August.
Last Friday, Council members Tim Burgess, Lisa Herbold, and Mike O’Brien announced that they were introducing legislation to create a new Seattle Renters Commission to give renters better representation in local government decisions.
Happy 2017! The Council resumes work on Tuesday. With the holiday, Monday’s regularly-scheduled meetings shift to Tuesday, and Tuesday’s regular meetings are bumped to Friday.
Tim Burgess’s announcement that he will not be running for re-election tops the news this morning.
This afternoon the City Council passed into law Council member Sawant’s proposed ordinance capping move-in fees for tenants and requiring landlords to offer an installment plan for paying moving fees over six months — but not without come controversy.
What happens when the weather turns lousy here in Seattle? All the writers stay inside and write! So much to read this morning — much of it about housing.
This coming Monday afternoon, the proposed ordinance capping tenant move-in fees comes up for a final vote in front of the City Council. The finish line is in sight, but there’s at least one more hurdle to jump on the way there.