Jay A. Riffkin


This Comment explores how Seattle's enactment of a limited inclusionary housing plan can effectively meet the challenges of responsible development, both satisfying the city's need for density and affordability and maintaining an economic environment conducive to developer profitability. Although Seattle's current inclusionary housing plan may give adequate incentives to developers, the city needs to move away from its current voluntary plan and toward a mandatory plan that balances increasing developer incentives with a demand for affordable onsite development to serve a broader spectrum of income levels. Part II of this Comment lays out the background of exclusionary and inclusionary zoning laws, which form the foundation of every modern inclusionary housing plan. Part III examines the different approaches taken by the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver within the inclusionary housing framework. Finally, Part IV proposes several recommendations that will enhance the effectiveness of Seattle's inclusionary housing plan.