Seattle Eases Enviro Review Rules For Residential Projects

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The Seattle City Council on Monday voted to streamline its environmental review process for new developments and nix a rule requiring ground-floor retail space for certain multifamily buildings, in an effort to spur new residential projects in slow-growth areas.

In an 8-0 vote, the council passed an ordinance amending its land use and zoning laws to give certain new construction projects a pass on the costly and time-consuming environmental reviews that are undertaken under Washington's State Environmental Policy Act, as well as allow developers to use...
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