Seattle council set for final vote on doing away with ‘single-family zoning’ label

The Seattle City Council will be voting Monday on a bill that would do away with the “single-family zoning” label.

Seattle and Tacoma weigh changes to single-family zoning

The bill — sponsored by Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Dan Strauss — would replace the city’s single-family zoning moniker with “neighborhood residential zoning.” While it won’t change the actual makeup of Seattle’s density, it’s seen as a necessary first step toward more equitable housing practices, doing away with a term regarded by many as rooted in discriminatory red-lining policies.

“‘Single family’ zoning may seem to some as merely a planning term, but we know historically it has been used to further

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