Tag Archives: MHA

Anti-displacement bill gets first discussion

This morning, Council member Lisa Herbold’s bill requiring developers to replace any affordable housing units demolished by construction projects got its first hearing, in the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee.  And it didn’t get the warm welcome that one might expect. Rather, there was a complicated and sometimes frustrating conversation.

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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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Notes from today’s city-wide MHA committee meeting

On Monday, the City Council started walking through proposed amendments to zoning in the city-wide MHA ordinance, starting with those in Council districts 4, 6 and 7.  This morning, they covered the other four districts. As with Monday’s session, it was mostly a stress-free discussion that rarely bogged down in details. There were a few interesting moments, however, that exposed some recurring themes — and caused a couple of the Council members to show their cards.

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Hearing Examiner issues decision on MHA EIS appeal, largely rules for the city

Last Wednesday, the Hearing Examiner for the City of Seattle released his ruling on the appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) plan to upzone neighborhoods in exchange for required contributions to affordable housing.  The ruling finds that the FEIS is adequate on nearly all grounds, except for its analysis of historic sites.

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