A bill to keep Seattle’s development projects moving forward through the COVID-19 crisis got snagged up in process Monday as the City Council fell a vote short of the 3/4 approval required to pass the emergency legislation.
CHS reported on the proposal from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office that seeks to temporarily move city processes like approval of design review and landmarks protections from citizen panels to City of Seattle staff during the COVID-19 restrictions. Under the proposal, public comment would still be collected.
Monday’s session on the legislation brought a rare split for the council with West Seattle’s Lisa Herbold, Northeast Seattle’s Alex Pedersen, and South Seattle’s Tammy Morales voting against the bill after a long discussion about the difficulties of participating in virtual meetings and concerns about an element of the proposal that would exempt affordable housing from review to help reduce city staff workload.
Seattle City Council Insight reports that council president M. Lorena González got tangled in parliamentary procedure after the failure and was forced to table a motion for reconsideration of the emergency bill until the next meeting of the full council — possibly Wednesday.
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