Lessons from Seattle

A Good Way to Make Housing Scarcer and More Expensive

This article outlines the impacts of Settle's "Streamlined Design Review" process, which attempted to prevent ugly buildings by allowing neighbor comments during the planning phase of each individual building. Instead of prettier buildings, they just got fewer, more expensive buildings. The South Willamette Special Area Zone's form-based code should be able to help us ensure that new construction is of a high quality and enriches the neighborhood without putting up roadblocks that prevent smart development.