Select Committee on Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability

Update

On March 18, 2019 the Council unanimously passed legislation to implement MHA citywide.

By a vote of 9-0 Council passed:

  • Council Bill (CB) 119443, which amends the Comprehensive Plan in order to implement the MHA program citywide passed;
  • Council Bill 119444, which implements the MHA program citywide by amending the Land Use Code and amends the Official Land Use Map to make changes to zoning designations across the City also passed as amended; and,
  • Council Bill 119445, amending the Land Use Code and Official Land Use Map to implement the MHA program on a transit-oriented development site in Northgate passed as amended.

The proposed rezones to implement MHA in parts of the University District were removed from the Citywide legislation for additional technical work. MHA implementation in the University District will be considered as Council Bill 119483.

Read the full news release here.

To deliberate and review the suite of actions related to implementing the Mandatory Housing Affordability program citywide, including changes that would allow for more units and taller buildings in the City's urban villages, urban village expansion areas, and all places with multifamily or commercial zoning in exchange for a requirement that new development contribute to building affordable housing for middle-income earners.

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Purpose

The purpose of the Select Committee on Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is limited to considering actions needed to implement MHA citywide including changes to land use regulations, zoning designations, comprehensive plan language and maps, including neighborhood Plan policies and changes to Urban Village Boundaries on the City’s Future Land Use Map (FLUM); and development standards for all multifamily and commercial areas not excluding areas previously rezoned to implement MHA (portions of the University District; Downtown and South Lake Union; Chinatown/International District; Intersections at 23rd Avenue at Jackson, Cherry and Union; and Uptown Urban Village).

To review the proposed legislation, the City Council has formed a Select Committee, comprised of all nine Councilmembers, to review the MHA legislation in committee. The Council will also conduct an extensive public engagement process before voting on the legislation, including lunch-and-learn events, public hearings, and participation in community open houses hosted by the Department of Neighborhoods and the Office of Planning and Community Development. See the  Committee Calendar for the schedule of Council community engagement events beginning in January 2018 (dates and times subject to change).

For an interactive map of the areas where zoning changes are being considered, see the Mayor’s Preferred Alternative.

Infographic

Click on the image below to view an infographic about citywide MHA:

Infographic about Citywide MHA - front

Infographic about Citywide MHA - back

Committee Members

Passed Amendments

View summaries of the passed amendments here.

Meetings

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DATE EVENT LOCATION AGENDA PRESENTATIONS VIDEO
Monday, January 29, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Kickoff Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Presentation

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Monday, February 12, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, February 12, 2018
6 PM
Public Hearing
District 4
Eckstein Middle School (Auditorium)
3003 NE 75th St, Seattle, WA 98115
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Monday, March 12, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, March 12, 2018
6 PM
Public Hearing
Districts 5 and 6
Northgate Community Center (Gym)
10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
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Monday, April 16, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, April 16, 2018
6 PM
Public Hearing
Districts 3 and 7
Seattle Central College (Broadway Performance Hall)
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
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Monday, May 07, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, May 07, 2018
6 PM
Public Hearing
District 2
Franklin High School (Auditorium)
3013 S Mt Baker Blvd, Seattle, WA 98144
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Monday, June 04, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
6 PM
Public Hearing
District 1-West Seattle
Chief Sealth International High School (Auditorium)
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
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Monday, June 25, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, June 25, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, July 16, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, July 30, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, August 06, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, December 03, 2018
10:30 AM
Select Committee Meeting Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, January 7, 2019
10:30am or after Council Briefing
Committee Discussion
  • Update on additional environmental analysis
  • Central Staff Issue ID / potential amendments
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, January 14, 2019
2:30pm or after City Council
Committee Discussion
  • D4, D6 & D7 amendments
  • Potential content for companion resolution
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Memo

Map of Potential Changes

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
9:30am
Committee Discussion
  • D1, D2, D3 & D5 amendments
  • Potential content for companion resolution
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Memo

Map of Potential Changes

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Friday, February 8, 2019
9:30am
Committee Discussion
  • Follow-up on amendments discussed to date
  • Discuss draft companion resolution
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:30pm in Council Chambers
Public Hearing Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Monday, February 25, 2019
2:30pm or after City Council
Committee Discussion & Potential Vote
on amendments, MHA & Comp Plan CBs, and Companion Resolution
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Summary Table of Proposed Amendments

Summary Tables of Passed Amendments

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Monday, March 18, 2019
2:00pm
Full Council
Final Council Vote
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Additional Meetings and Public Hearings may be scheduled as necessary. Meeting topics are subject to change.

Adopted Map

How to Comment

There are several ways to communicate your input with the committee.

  • Public comment at committee meetings
  • Public Hearings
  • Open Houses
  • Email your Councilmember
  • Phone your Councilmember
  • Write a comment letter

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