Incentive Zoning

New York Development

What Are Zoning Codes?

Local governments use zoning codes to define what can and cannot be built. While comprehensive plans and other kinds of plans lay out a vision for the future, zoning codes offer the legal tools to implement that vision.

July 15, 2020 - James Brasuell

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Seattle Getting Shortchanged by Incentive Zoning Program

An audit has found discrepancies in the amount of funds collected as part of Seattle's Incentive Zoning program due to weaknesses in enforcement and accounting practices.

April 30, 2017 - The Urbanist

Seattle's Incentive Zoning Pays Out Funding for Affordable Housing Projects

Seattle's incentive zoning program is paying dividends and funding projects. Look for 110 affordable units to be built in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by 2019.

January 1, 2017 - The Urbanist


Rezoning Proposed for Seattle's University District

Intended to make the most of a planned light rail station, the city of Seattle has proposed a zoning overhaul for the University District.

June 24, 2016 - The Urbanist

Seattle's Affordable Housing Plan Blasted For Poor Timing

The Seattle City Council recently approved a new affordable housing plan allowing builders to develop larger buildings if they include a certain amount of affordable units. But developers say the plan is ill-timed and they plan on ignoring it.

December 17, 2008 - The Seattle Times

Seattle Considers Trading Height Limits For Affordable Housing

The city's planning commission wants to use "incentive zoning" to encourage the development of taller buildings and generate revenue for the city's affordable housing fund.

February 28, 2007 - The Seattle Times

An Alternative To Inclusionary Zoning

The Building Industry Association makes the case for a more moderate solution instead of inclusionary zoning: "Housing Incentive Zones."

August 26, 2004 - The Planning Report

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