Seattle council votes to ‘streamline’ environmental reviews for upzones, some housing projects

“The council rejected a Herbold amendment to allowed SEPA appeals of downtown apartment projects with a large number of parking stalls” writes Seattle Times Staff for SEPA appeals have been “weaponized in ways never intended,” worsening sprawl and car pollution, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said.Further, Seattle will in certain instances make apartment-building projects with more than 200 units and 12,000 square feet exempt from SEPA appeals.The City Council passed legislation Monday that supporters say will speed up environmental reviews for some major policies and projects needed to make Seattle more sustainable, such as denser zoning and large apartment buildings. Pacheco and O’Brien said the council should act separately to cap parking rather than allow such appeals.

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