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    Council Committee Approves Changes to Green ‘Living Building’ Pilot

    The Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee unanimously (3-0) approved improvements to the City’s Living Building Pilot Program today, intended to encourage development of some of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. A “living building” is the next generation of “green building,” in which development projects are made of sustainable materials and […]

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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on the North Precinct Police Station

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement following the announcement that the North Precinct Police Station project will be revisited: “I fully believe that the decision to forego the current $149M design for the new North Precinct is more than prudent. As I’ve stated before, $149M is far too large a […]

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    Council Land Use Committee to Hold Public Hearing on 2035 Comprehensive Plan

    The Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, chaired by Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), will hold a public hearing this Thursday to take comments on the proposed 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the document that outlines how the City will accommodate growth and manage development over the next 20 years. […]

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    Councilmembers Unveil Legislation: New Rules for Encampment Clear Outs

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant unveiled legislation today that would revamp the City’s current practice of encampment sweeps, allowing for clear outs after the City fulfils certain conditions. The legislation was developed with the goal of protecting public safety and connecting the unhoused with permanent housing options. Councilmembers intend for […]

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    Councilmembers Call for Special Committee on City Capital Project Oversight

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Lisa Herbold called for creation of a special Council committee to oversee City-funded capital projects following recent capital expenditures that exceeded initial budgets, including the North Precinct Police Station, the downtown waterfront Seawall, and the New Customer Information System which handles billing issues at the City’s utility departments. Councilmember Lisa Herbold […]

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    University of Washington, Councilmembers Convene Paid Family Leave Symposium

    Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lorena González and Lisa Herbold joined with the University of Washington to co-host a Paid Parental Leave Symposium at UW yesterday, where elected officials, business leaders, worker advocates, and researchers convened to discuss the scope and tools available to consider paid family leave policies for Seattle workers.  Over 60 people participated in […]

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    Council Committee Approves Mandatory Housing Affordability Program, Addresses Displacement Risks

    The Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee unanimously (5-0) approved framework legislation today that would require that residential developers provide for affordable housing by either including it in their development or paying into a fund used to support the development of affordable housing in Seattle. The requirement will apply after Council adopts future zoning […]

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    Councilmember Johnson’s Statement on Seattle Public Utilities Director Nominee

    Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement following Mayor Ed Murray’s nomination of Mami Hara as Director of Seattle Public Utilities: “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Mami Hara, and she is an incredibly effective administrator with a strong streak of creativity. Ray Hoffman has been a steady hand of […]

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    Seattle Sound Transit Board Members Propose Improvements to ST3 Package

    SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board members Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Rob Johnson introduced amendments to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan during today’s Board meeting in conjunction with other board members around the region.  The amendments effectively expand light rail and other transit services throughout the region. “These changes are big wins for […]

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    Arena proponents, neighboring teams reach scheduling and access agreement

    The Council received language today from representatives of ArenaCo, the Seattle Seahawks/First & Goal, Inc., and the Seattle Mariners that places conditions on the scheduling of events if a new arena is built in Sodo. At the Council’s request, the parties came together to draft the mutually agreeable language regarding scheduling and access. “At the […]

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