PubliCola reports that “lowrise multifamily” zoning area, covering 8% of Seattle, will become somewhat more permissive:
And, perhaps most significantly, the new law would eliminate the minimum amount of parking developers must build in low-rise multifamily areas (currently one space per unit), allowing developers to build housing without dedicated parking (saving tens of thousands of dollars per unit).
The comment thread has a pretty wide diversity of opinion, but I’m having trouble perceiving complaints about the parking change as anything but defense of an existing subsidy. After all, the road right of way is public property. Anyone with a garage and/or driveway sufficient to park the cars of their family and friends isn’t concerned about on-street parking. So in essence, you’re seeing people whose property doesn’t have enough space to store their cars requiring that new construction be able to store its cars. In other words, “I got here first.”
Meanwhile, people moving into a place that provides no parking are likely to be fairly relaxed about giving up the car if it becomes too much of a hassle.
This is huge.