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The Urbanist: “Boost Seattle’s Growth Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis”

Ryan Donohue, Chief Advocacy Officer at Habitat for Humanity, argues that to solve Seattle’s housing crisis, the city must create a comprehensive plan that includes zoning reform, pro-development policies and affordable housing incentives.

The Urbanist: “Planners Proposed Bigger Upzones Before Harrell’s Team Intervened, Records Show”

In March, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s draft housing plan was released and immediately met with concerns from advocates calling for more housing opportunities citywide. 

The Urbanist: “Harrell Proposes Design Review Exemption for Downtown Housing Projects”

Last week, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections issued a draft ordinance exempting certain new developments from design review in a large subsection of the city.

KOMO News: “Residents rally for rent control in Olympia while pushing for 5% cap on yearly increases”

Lawmakers in Washington State are considering two bills – House Bill 2114 and Senate Bill 5961 – that would, if passed, discourage housing investment in the Evergreen State.

Spokesman-Review: Washington state’s legislature convenes Monday. What’s in store this year?

The Washington State legislature convened this week and housing affordability continues to be a priority for lawmakers. While some lawmakers have raised rent control in previous years, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) signaled his intent to pursue other solutions. According to the Spokesman-Review, Billig “suggested this session might be a good time to push … Continued

KUOW: “How unfinished housing reform business will spill into WA’s 2024 legislative session”

Although the Washington state legislature declared 2023 “the year of housing,” some unfinished housing business remains to be addressed in 2024.

Tacoma News Tribune: “Rent-control by any name is toxic.”

A scholar with the Washington Policy Center argues: “Theory and real-world results show unequivocally that laws that artificially disincentivize housing providers from creating and retaining housing supply push low-income renters to the brink and even into the ranks of the homeless.

Editorial: With Broad Renter Aid Available, End Eviction Moratoriums

The Seattle Times Editorial Board makes the case for ending Washington State’s eviction moratorium.

Opinion: The Magnitude of Our Housing Shortage Requires More Action

Advocates describe the severity of the housing affordability crisis facing the Puget Sound region.

Rent Control Talking Points: Washington

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