“Single-family zoning” isn’t any extra in Seattle following a metropolis council vote Monday.

The invoice, sponsored by Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Dan Strauss, will exchange town’s single-family zoning moniker with “neighborhood residential zoning,” in line with MyNorthwest. While it will not change the precise make-up of Seattle’s density, it does away with a time period regarded by critics as rooted in discriminatory red-lining insurance policies.


“The legislation passed today brings us one step closer to a more inclusive Seattle,” Mosqueda stated in a news release following the invoice’s passage. “Today, we recognize neighborhoods across our city are home to diverse housing built before increasingly restrictive zoning went into place.”

The laws is in response to the Seattle Planning Commission’s repeated request yearly since 2018 to vary the title of single-family solely to “Neighborhood Residential,” as specified by their Neighborhoods for All report.


Despite in depth public outreach, opponents have expressed issues that this will probably be a harbinger to extra substantive zoning laws sooner or later.

A “For Sale” signal is posted outdoors a residential residence within the Queen Anne neighborhood close to the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, U.S. May 14, 2021.   REUTERS/Karen Ducey
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The measure will take impact on Nov. 13.

Experts in a Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey beforehand stated stress-free zoning guidelines could be the best solution to enhance provide in a housing market at the moment close to historic stock lows.

When requested what could possibly be performed to extend housing provide, stress-free zoning guidelines was the runaway best choice. Previous Zillow analysis has discovered even a modest amount of upzoning in massive metro areas may add 3.3 million houses to the U.S. housing inventory, creating room for greater than half of the missing households for the reason that Great Recession – a significant cause for at this time’s frenzied housing demand. 

A majority (57%) of homeowners Zillow previously surveyed consider they and others ought to be capable of add extra housing on their property, and 30% stated they might be prepared to speculate cash to create housing on their very own property, if allowed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.