Level of Service Reform Bill Approved by Seattle City Council

A major change to planning paradigms in the city of Seattle.

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January 16, 2019, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The Seattle City Council this week approved legislation to reform the city's level of service (LOS) and transportation impact mitigation requirements, reports Stephen Fesler.

"The LOS reform bill will refocus the city’s efforts to mitigate transportation impacts from large development projects to non-single occupancy vehicle investments and tools," according to Fesler.

The reforms approved by the City Council further the goals of the city's 2016 comprehensive plan by requiring developments to "implement one or more mitigation measures to reduce drive-alone rates."

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) must still complete a process to specify what those approved mitigation measures will be.

For more background on the city's level of service reform, see an article by Fesler from earlier this month, when the legislation passed out of committee.

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