Alternative housing plan draws a crowd
at 12:48pm by David Kroman
Immediately following the reveal of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), Seattle City Council candidate Jonathan Grant and Councilmember Kshama Sawant introduced their own proposal. According to Grant, the HALA recommendations were good, but their plan went further.
Sawant and Grant re-introduced their recommendations Wednesday, this time flanked by some of the other candidates for each of the nine council seats. The group collectively expressed support for more fees on developers, a push to lift the statewide ban on rent control, using the city’s bonding capacity to build affordable housing and heightened protection for existing affordable housing. Rather than pitch any new proposals, the press conference was more of an opportunity for candidates to get on board with the alternative plan from Grant and Sawant. However, the candidates did pledge, if elected, to implement the reforms within a year.
Notably absent from the group’s proposals was any language regarding to density. That’s because, said Grant, the candidates did not agree on whether multi-family homes should be allowed in single-family areas.