This is a chronicle of one person’s reading of Seattle’s land use code. We need some big, bold changes to our code to promote sustainability and enthusiastically accept coming growth. I’ll be looking for things:
1. we should change but can’t because of federal, state law, or legal decisions;
2. we can change locally and should;
3. in the code that actually are good and we should keep; and
4. I don’t understand and need to learn more about.
About the reader and writer: Roger Valdez has been described variously as an upzone cheerleader, a density pimp, an environmental vassal, and the poster child of the Nanny State. While he aspires to live up to all those monikers, he’s really just interested in land use and how we can make Seattle a sustainable city.