Candidate Q&A

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  1. Socially responsible development: Seattle takes a strong stance in favor of environmentally sustainable development. Do you believe that Seattle also encourages socially responsible development? What does socially responsible development mean to you, and in the absence of any policy incentives, how does it come about? How can it be encouraged with policy?
  2. Negative outcomes: What trends accompanying growth and development in other cities, or in Seattle’s history, do you hope Seattle will avoid in future development cycles? What brought you to live in Seattle? What aspects of growth do you believe bring about fear of loss? How can Seattle avoid negative outcomes?
  3. Process: How do you rate Seattle’s speed in response to demand for housing? How can Seattle improve upon existing planning policy and process (Comprehensive Plan; Design Review; Planning Commission; etc.)? What are the benefits and shortcomings of the “Seattle process”? If you would modify the planning or permitting process in any way, please cite positive and/or negative examples from other cities. Are there any specific precedents from Seattle or other cities that you view as a model of civic and private partnership in the built environment?
  4. Building Typologies: What do you believe is the right mix of parking and building typologies in Seattle in the next 10 years? If you anticipate reduced car ownership and/or increased density, please discuss potential changes in how Seattleites access nature and the outdoors. Examples of building typologies include:
    • Single Family
    • Small lot/ADUs
    • Rowhouse or cottage housing
    • Townhomes
    • Midrise developments (45’ to 85’)
    • High rise developments
  5. Affordability: In which neighborhoods and what mix should affordability be found? Please also discuss strategies you believe are effective at reaching affordability targets, and those you believe are ineffective. Please cite specific examples from other cities. Example strategies include:
    • Preservation of older housing and retail, and other means to prevent displacement;
    • Increased housing supply and microhousing;
    • Incentive zoning;
    • Seattle Housing Levy—please also discuss any specific changes to the program or amount that you’d favor when the Housing Levy is brought up for renewal in 2016; and
    • Multi-Family Tax Exemption.

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