Lots of goings on today…
This morning’s big story: yesterday’s release of the final EIS for the proposed city-wide upzone of urban villages.
This coming Monday the Council will try to pass the proposed regulations on short-term rentals, such as those listed on AirBnB. But first they have a few more amendments to consider.
Today’s meetings were short and to the point.
Despite the fact that Tim Burgess has moved up to the 7th floor to inhabit the Mayor’s office, his long-in-the-works ordinance regulating short-term rentals (a la AirBnB, VRBO, and other companies) is far from dead.
This morning, Council member Burgess had a hearing on his latest attempt to pass a regulatory system for short-term rental housing.
After several quiet months, Council member Tim Burgess’s attempt to regulate short-term rentals listed through AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway and other services is back. There are a handful of revisions to the plan, and this time there’s real legislation to be introduced into the Council’s legislative process.
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.
MyNorthwest discusses the City Council’s approach to the Mayor’s budget proposal.
Seattle Times covers the Council’s approval of a new pay band for the head of Seattle Public Utilities.
Crosscut opines on the change of the city’s political tone to “Seattle nasty.”
MyNorthwest reports on AirBnB’s new ad campaign as it fights back against possible regulation.
State Scoop reports on Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller’s comments at a conference on how government IT procurement needs to change.
The pending secure scheduling ordinance, and a move to lower speed limits, highlight today’s news.