The Seattle City Council’s housing affordability committee couldn’t come to a consensus Thursday, splitting its vote 3-3 on a resolution calling on the state legislature to lift its ban on rent control.
Council member and D3 candidate Kshama Sawant and outgoing Council member Nick Licata sponsored the resolution. The Council’s Mike O’Brien joined the sponsors in voting for the resolution. They were opposed by committee chair John Okamoto and outgoing Council members Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen.
The vote followed a rambunctious public comments session with many rent control proponents and Sawant supporters booing and hissing property owners and developers who spoke against the resolution.
The resolution is being planned for a vote by the full Council on October 4th. UPDATE: In a call for supporters to “pack” City Council chambers, Sawant said a vote is “likely” during the September 21st full session.
— Vote Sawant (@VoteSawant) September 21, 2015
UPDATE x2: The plot thickens…
— Philip Locker (@PhilipLocker) September 21, 2015
In the meantime, the first legislation based on the mayor’s affordability goal of creating 20,000 new affordable units in the next decade is moving forward. Sawant has said that the mayor’s plan does not do enough to address the city’s growing demand for affordable housing.