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Downtown and South Lake Union Contribution to Housing Affordability

The Seattle City Council is working on legislation to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Downtown and South Lake Union. The proposed ordinance would implement a requirement that new commercial or residential development contribute to affordable housing in exchange for increased development capacity. It is estimated that the MHA requirements for Downtown and South Lake Union would produce 2,100 new affordable housing units over 10 years.

The ordinance and a director’s report summarizing the final proposal are available here under the tab for Implementation in Downtown and South Lake Union. (The Chinatown/International District neighborhood will be addressed through separate legislation.) This legislation is a key piece of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

Meeting schedules, agendas, and other Council documents are available at the PLUZ committee website.