Seattle will allow extra density for housing built on sites owned or controlled by religious institutions, while requiring the housing to charge below-market rents, according to legislation passed Monday by the City Council.
The legislation will allow affordable projects on religious properties to rise one to six stories higher than the city’s zoning rules would normally allow, depending on location. Where only single-family houses are allowed, such projects will be allowed to cover more ground than normal.
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration developed the legislation after Washington state lawmakers in 2019 required cities to adopt such policies. Councilmember Dan Strauss shepherded Seattle’s version through the council’s land-use committee. Monday’s vote was 8-0.