City Hall

City Could Prohibit Some Small-Lot Development

The city council considers emergency legislation to stop developers from subdividing lots under an obscure exemption to land-use rules.

09/05/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Eases Restrictions on Businesses, Apartment Developments

The city officially adopts new rules making it easier to operate a small business, or build a new residential development, in neighborhoods with frequent transit service. Image via radworld on Flickr.

08/01/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

The Fizz is Dead. Long Live the Fizz.

Thursday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip.

05/10/2012 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Neighbors Debate Storefronts, Density, and Parking

Proponents and opponents of legislation that would make it easier for small businesses to open in neighborhoods, loosen restrictions on some developments, and get rid of minimum parking requirements near transit had it out at this morning's council hearin

03/28/2012 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Council Staffers as Council Activists

In an unusual move, two city council staffers have sent letters to the council---their bosses---arguing against a zoning change.

03/21/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Roosevelt Upzone Passes; Neighborhood Seeks Agreement With Developer

A controversial upzone across from Roosevelt High School passes; neighbors seek a memorandum of understanding with the developer.

01/30/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Well, There Was an Amendment to Support Gay Marriage

Tuesday Edition. Caffeinated news & gossip featuring skittish Republicans, land use, Occupy the Port, Richard Conlin, and more.

12/13/2011 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Just Some Perspective

Thursday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip starring: Sally Clark; Rob McKenna; Republican tweets; and the state Economic Forecast and Revenue Council.

09/15/2011 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

"Though Charming, He Was Disappointing."

Thursday Edition: Angry crowd; angry letter; a plan to preserve historic building in Pike/Pine; and more on Inslee's donors and McKenna's donors.

07/14/2011 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

McGinn, Conlin Propose Lifting Development Regulations

Mayor Mike McGinn and city council president Richard Conlin roll out a series of reforms that would "cut through the thicket of regulations" on development in Seattle.

07/08/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Backyard Cottages, One Year In: The Sky Didn't Fall Down

One year in to Seattle's experiment allowing backyard cottage housing, opponents' predictions of calamity---the destruction of single-family neighborhoods, a proliferation of looming mega-cottages---have not come true.

05/12/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Bill to Expand Exemptions to Environmental Review Passes Almost Unopposed

A bill that would give developers new exemptions to state environmental review passes the house with minimal opposition.

03/07/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Approves New Rent Limits for Developer Tax Break

The city council approves new, lower affordability limits for a developer tax break designed to spur private investment in affordable housing, but the limits don't go far enough, two council members say.

02/28/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Sizing Up South Downtown

South Downtown's biggest challenge is that much of the area lacks the full spectrum of uses that make up a complete neighborhood. Most importantly, there is a shortage of housing, and in particular, market-rate housing. The city is considering new zoning

11/22/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Rethinking The Opportunities At Capitol Hill Station

I can't be the only one who thinks that the current plan for future transit-oriented development at the Capitol Hill light rail station leaves something to be desired, can I?

11/17/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Don't Compromise The Central Waterfront By Ruling Out Development

It's great that the City has hired an inspiring design team for the central waterfront, but regardless of who designs it, future success will be severely jeopardized unless we get past the misguided notion that there should be no new development.

09/22/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Housing Belongs Next to the Sculpture Park

An appeal won by Belltown residents has resulted in a the scrapping of a proposed high-density housing project adjacent to the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the developer has now come back with plans for an office building.

07/26/2010 By Dan Bertolet


The Tallest Building in Pike/Pine

By preserving an existing historic facade to gain a 10 foot height allowance increase, a proposed seven story building at 11th and Pine would be the tallest building in the Pike/Pine neighborhood.

07/13/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

Anti-Growth Activists Get It Wrong on Job Density

Two anti-growth activists argue against a different kind of density—job density. But moving jobs to the suburbs is not the "green" solution they claim it is.

07/08/2010 By Erica C. Barnett