Since the beginning of the year, MHA upzones have been approved for the University District and the Downtown/South Lake Union areas of the city. Now the third piece is up for consideration: the Chinatown/International District (CID).
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.
This afternoon the City Council voted unanimously to rezone the downtown and South Lake Union areas of the city, granting additional zoning capacity in exchange for affordable housing. Most of the discussion was around one controversial amendment.
This afternoon the Council will likely wrap up its work on the MHA-enabling upzone for the Downtown and South Lake Union areas of the city.
This morning the proposed upzone to downtown and South Lake Union moved one big step closer to a final vote by the Council.
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.
With the budget and the Thanksgiving holiday behind them, the Council members get back to work this week on a variety of legislative efforts.