This morning the proposed upzone to downtown and South Lake Union moved one big step closer to a final vote by the Council.
A few items of note happened at the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
This morning, the Council continued wading through the details of the proposed rezone of the downtown and South Lake Union areas in order to implement the Mandatory Housing Affordability program.
With the MHA rezone for the University District now behind them, the City Council has turned its attention to the next candidate in line: the Downtown/SLU area.
This afternoon the City Council passed into law the first implementation in the city of the MHA framework, rezoning much of the University District and adding affordable housing requirements to new construction projects.
This morning the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee amended, and then voted out of committee, an ordinance rezoning the core of the University District and implementing the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements.
Last Thursday, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee held another discussion of the proposed rezone of the University District.
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.
This morning the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) released its highly-anticipated decision on King County’s permit application to build a replacement Youth Services Center (i.e. combined juvenile court and youth detention facility) in Seattle.
Despite the pleas from many activists who are opposed to a new youth detention center, SDCI approved the permit application. They had to, and therein lies a tale.
This morning the city’s Office of the Hearing Examiner issued a long-awaited ruling on the Queen Anne Community Council’s appeal of a proposed ordinance relaxing the rules on “backyard cottages.” And it wasn’t good news for the city.