The Seattle City Council just unanimously passed a new set of regulations that would allow up to three dwelling units on residential lots in the city.
So who are the winners and who are the losers in this decision?
As with everything in Seattle Politics, the real answer is “it depends.” One camp is furious and one camp is champing at the bit with wrecking balls at the ready.
Before we jump in to a deeper analysis, it should be pointed out that this vote was shoehorned into the end of a lame duck council calendar where nearly every sitting member is slated to be replaced. Typically, when politicians make a move under those conditions, they vote closer to their actual conscious knowing that any political fallout is rendered moot. The other possibility is there is one last big favor owed to a special interest. That interest calls in their chit before it’s too late. Most likely there was a mix of motivations among the 8 yes votes; Council President Bruce Harrell *cough* abstained.