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September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle [“Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing,” Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking.

I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density housing, with two requirements:

  •  For any new housing-permit application for other than a single-family dwelling, require the builder or developer to create one off-street parking space for each bedroom constructed (not one parking space per unit). Builders or developers might complain that this parking requirement would stifle economic development. These builders must learn to be cognizant of the effect of the parking crisis that they create, and they need to show that they care long-term about the communities in which they have a stake.
  • Residents of any new high-density housing development must not be able to purchase a Seattle neighborhood parking permit. This ensures enforcement of the first requirement.

Bob Palmer, Seattle

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