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Multifamily Property Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program

The MFTE program allows developers to receive a property tax exemption on the residential portion of a development for 12 years. In exchange, a certain number of the housing units must be affordable for moderate-wage workers. The tax exemption is available in 39 target areas in Seattle. More ...

Please contact Mike Kent at (206) 684-0262 for more information about the program.


Land Use Code Incentives

Seattle allows additional residential or non-residential floor area beyond base height or FAR limits to be achieved in certain zones. SMC 23.58A (Incentive Provisions) is Seattle’s primary land use code chapter guiding incentive zoning (IZ). Generally, residential developers opting to seek additional floor area in IZ-eligible zones with maximum height limits < 85’ must include a small percentage of units as housing affordable to households with incomes up to 80% of AMI (rental) or 100% of AMI (ownership). Non-residential and highrise residential developers also have the option of making a cash contribution to the City for low-income housing. Twenty-five to forty percent of all additional floor area in highrise zones (> 85’) must be achieved through “non-housing” options (e.g. Landmark TDR/TDP, Open Space TDR/TDP, bonuses for on-site amenities). OH and DPD staff coordinate on permit review for IZ development projects. More ...

Please contact Laura Hewitt Walker at (206) 684-0429 for more information about incentive zoning.



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