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3 days ago
The 25-acre site will be vacant after the National Guard relocates, and a new report says a public development authority should manage the property.
The Urbanist
4 days ago
A model of accessory dwelling unit reform will be under consideration this year in the Washington State Legislature.
Sightline Institute
January 8, 2020, 9am PST
State and local lawmakers hope that recent reforms to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act are only an initial step toward ending the law's use as a tool for delaying affordable housing plans.
Crosscut
December 30, 2019, 9am PST
Municipalities can help fill in a crucial piece of the affordable housing puzzle by making public land accessible for development.
Housing Matters
December 29, 2019, 9am PST
Washington's largest diesel emissions polluter will transition its fleet to diesel-hybrids and then to battery-electric propulsion to comply with Gov. Inslee's emissions-reduction executive order which will also please the orcas in Puget Sound.
Greentech Media
December 23, 2019, 2pm PST
Federal funding for Sound Transit's Federal Way Link extension and a new transit-oriented land use plan are changing the future of Federal Way.
The Urbanist
December 20, 2019, 10am PST
A proposal for a regional entity to oversee homeless services in King County is running into jurisdictional conflicts.
The Urbanist
December 11, 2019, 2pm PST
After an initial wave of speed limit reductions in 2016, the city of Seattle will embark on a major expansion of speed limit reductions over the next 18 months.
The Urbanist
December 11, 2019, 8am PST
KUOW is taking applications for participants in a "biggest carbon loser" competition.
KUOW
December 10, 2019, 8am PST
Seattle Councilmember Abel Pacheco writes on opinion piece for The Urbanist to make the case for transit-oriented density on The Ave in the city's University District.
The Urbanist
December 9, 2019, 11am PST
As the technology gets cheaper, AI surveillance systems are gaining popularity in some parts of the country, like the neighborhood of Magnolia in Seattle.
The Seattle Times
December 7, 2019, 9am PST
A loss for traffic safety advocates in Seattle.
The Urbanist
December 5, 2019, 11am PST
Though it stops well short of a citywide upzoning, the city of Tacoma has still expanded its planned development envelope by upzoning residential neighborhoods around the city.
The Urbanist
December 4, 2019, 8am PST
In a blow to local news, a popular planning, development, and real estate platform winnows its local offerings.
The Wrap
December 4, 2019, 7am PST
The Pacific Northwest is leading the way for bicycle safety at the state level, according to the latest report from the League of American Bicyclists.
League of American Bicyclists
December 3, 2019, 12pm PST
Washington state voters expecting to see their vehicle registration fees drop to $30 on Thursday due to the passage of Initiative 976 on Nov. 5 might have to wait much longer after a King County Superior Court judge put the measure on hold.
The Seattle Times
December 2, 2019, 11am PST
A new 57-cent tax will help fund affordable housing and a few transportation programs in Seattle.
The Seattle Times
November 29, 2019, 7am PST
Despite major opposition by residents, the Madison Common Council approved a $40 motor vehicle registration fee (aka 'wheel tax') on an 11-8 vote on Oct. 29 to help fund the city's new East-West Bus Rapid Transit system.
Wisconsin State Journal
November 25, 2019, 10am PST
Legal barriers to accessory dwelling units may be disappearing in some places, but costs can still be prohibitive. Several companies are stepping forward with more affordable options.
The Urbanist
November 21, 2019, 11am PST
Using treated waste as an agricultural fertilizer is controversial, but the practice has several climate-related benefits.
Yale Climate Connections