DPD Shows Skepticism of Developer Fees


The mayor can try and walk it back—as the leak was intended to make him do—but the cat is out of the bag now on this overdue idea to move Seattle away from the 1950s design template that the committee identified as a key component of today’s affordable housing crisis.

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Get rid of single family zoning? These conversations shouldn’t be secret.


Most dramatically, the committee is considering a recommendation to do away with single-family zoning — which for a hundred-plus years has been the defining feature of Seattle’s strong neighborhood feel.

“We can still be a city for everyone, but only if we give up our outdated ideal of every family living in their own home on a 5,000 square foot lot,” a draft letter from the committee co-chairs reads.

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