Mandating alternative energy

You can view them with our interactive web map and in an appendix to the Final EIS.

The Preferred Alternative refines the draft proposal we published in October 2016.

In high-demand cities like Seattle, creating new housing choices -- especially those affordable to low- and moderate-income households -- is an essential citywide housing affordability strategy.

MHA will ensure that we harness new market-rate development to produce needed housing for our low-income households - such as seniors, artists, and working families.

We took feedback on this draft through June 2017 and incorporated your input into the Preferred Alternative.

Read the legislation to put MHA into effect that we've sent to the City Council for their review: On November 9, 2017, we published a Final EIS that evaluates a range of alternatives for implementing MHA and increasing housing choices.

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new policy to ensure that growth brings affordability.

MHA will require new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing.

The PDFs linked below have each urban village's map and an introduction to MHA.

In November 2017, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) published a Final EIS for citywide MHA implementation.

The Final EIS included a Preferred Alternative for MHA implementation, supplemental analysis on topics including racial equity and public school enrollment, and responses to approximately 800 comments we received on the Draft EIS.

To those of you who contributed, thank you for your time and energy during this process.

The City of Seattle has been working since 2014 to implement new programs and tools to meet our city's growing housing affordability challenge.

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