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.
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.
Since 2011, the city has been working on a plan to rezone the University District as part of the long-term strategic effort to grow it into another “urban center.” That plan is now in its final stages, tentatively set to come up for a vote by the Council some time in January.
The proposed rezone plan is large, complex, and controversial. Let’s look at what it entails, and what the issues are.
It’s going to be a very quiet week in Council Chambers, except for Tuesday.
The outcome of yesterday’s Council budget meeting tops the news this morning.