Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Prioritizing Affordable Housing Development on Public Land

The Seattle City Council has passed a resolution that requires city departments to prioritize affordable housing development in surplus public land disposition. Previously, city departments sold surplus land to the highest bidder or to other departments, with the profits from these sales typically retained within the seller’s budget. This resolution affirms Seattle’s participation in a recent state law that authorizes all agencies to sell their surplus land at a discounted price to support affordable housing development. Enterprise’s James Madden, senior program director, notes that building affordable housing on publicly-owned property in central neighborhoods creates an important opportunity to establish integrated neighborhoods with affordable housing and numerous services. Enterprise recently released its Home & Hope Site Mapping Tool, which allows users to filter tax-exempt land within King County’s urban growth area to identify potential sites for affordable housing and early learning centers.

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