Posts for 'Planning and Land Use'

Fences and Schools

February 24th, 2014

Would you like to paint a mural or teach kids art? Apply by March 4th to teach and by March 10th to paint!

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Urban Politics #341: Medical Marijuana Land Use Rules

October 14th, 2013

Approving marijuana land use regulations in Seattle has proven uniquely challenging.

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High Cost of Renting

October 4th, 2013

I thank the Mayor for his recently stated concern about the proliferation of rent increases, I share that concern and agree with him that we must do something. A related issue we should immediately address is the need to increase assistance under the City’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, received by low-income renters who have to […]

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Seattle Isn’t Building Our Way Toward Affordable Rents

July 3rd, 2013

A greater demand for housing translates into higher rent. Until we embrace this reality, we will be a dog chasing our tail.

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Update on Marijuana Zoning in Seattle

June 28th, 2013

In the wake of the passage of I-502, the City Council is considering setting limits on where marijuana-related activity can take place in Seattle. Legislation to set zoning limits was discussed on June 24 at the Full Council, and eventually held under July 22. Four committee meetings were held to review the legislation, beginning on […]

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The 2013 Americans for the Arts Convention

June 17th, 2013

Last week, my legislative aide attended the Americans for the Arts convention, held in Pittsburgh, which featured sessions on arts, entertainment and cultural districts.

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Assistance from the Council for Nickelsville?

May 30th, 2013

For the City to address the health and safety of current residents, address the concerns of neighbors, and support the Food Lifeline project we must work together to find a way to facilitate the relocation of the residents of the Nickelsville encampment.

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Update on Marijuana in Seattle and Washington

May 24th, 2013

It’s been an eventful week or so for marijuana news in Seattle. On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee voted to move a marijuana zoning ordinance to the Full Council meeting on Monday, June 3. In addition, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has released a first draft of rules […]

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Urban Politics #336 Council Vote on South Lake Union Rezone

May 17th, 2013

The City Council approved a rezone of the South Lake neighborhood on Monday, May 6 by a 9-0 vote. The rezone increases maximum building heights to 400 feet adjacent to Denny, and 240 feet in much of SLU to Mercer, aside from the Cascade neighborhood. Previous zoning was 65 to 85 feet in most of […]

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Update on marijuana zoning

May 3rd, 2013

At the May 8 meeting of the Housing, Human Services and Culture Committee next Wednesday, we’ll discuss and consider a decision agenda about Council Bill 117744 re: marijuana zoning, which I wrote about earlier. The decision agenda will be linked to the meeting agenda on Monday. The Committee held a public hearing on April 24, […]

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