Category Archives: zoning

Hearing examiner rules for city in ADU EIS appeal

This afternoon, the Office of the Hearing Examiner released its ruling on an appeal of the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the City Council’s proposed legislation relaxing rules on the construction of ADUs (aka “mother in law apartments” and “backyard cottages”) in single-family residential zones in Seattle.

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MHA legislation passes out of committee after showdown over amendments (UPDATED)

It took about fours hours, but the Council worked its way through all of the proposed amendments to the city-wide MHA legislation and passed it out of committee this afternoon (and evening).

Here’s how it played out.

Council members Mosqueda (lectern), Gonzalez (far left), and Johnson (far right) hold a press conference on the MHA legislation, with supporters of the bill.

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Preview of Monday’s pivotal MHA meeting

Two weeks ago the Council walked through all of its proposed amendments to the city-wide MHA ordinance; I wrote up the results here. Tomorrow afternoon, they are scheduled to vote on those amendments, vote it out of committee, and then give final approval to the ordinance on March 18th..

The Council will also start discussing a draft companion resolution to accompany the MHA bill that commits the Council to several other actions.

Here’s a preview of how things are shaking out, and the awkward conversations the Council members will need to have tomorrow as they vote on amendments.

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MHA issues come into focus as Council debates amendments

Last Friday, the City Council held its first public discussion of the amendments formally proposed for the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) “upzone” ordinance.  While no official decisions were made (that will happen on February 25th), it became clear which ones had consensus support — and on others, where the battle lines are being drawn.

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