“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 change the town’s single-family zoning moniker with “neighborhood residential zoning,” based on 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 mentioned 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 identify of single-family solely to “Neighborhood Residential,” as specified by their Neighborhoods for All report.


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

A "For Sale" sign is posted outside a residential home in the Queen Anne neighborhood near the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, U.S. May 14, 2021.   REUTERS/Karen Ducey

A “For Sale” signal is posted exterior a residential house 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 mentioned enjoyable zoning guidelines can be the simplest strategy to improve provide in a housing market presently close to historic stock lows.

When requested what might be achieved to extend housing provide, enjoyable zoning guidelines was the runaway best choice. Previous Zillow analysis has discovered even a modest amount of upzoning in giant metro areas might add 3.3 million properties to the U.S. housing inventory, creating room for greater than half of the missing households because the Great Recession – a serious purpose for right now’s frenzied housing demand. 

A majority (57%) of homeowners Zillow previously surveyed consider they and others ought to be capable to add further housing on their property, and 30% mentioned they’d be keen to take a position cash to create housing on their very own property, if allowed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.