WallHALA General Meeting Tonight (August 30)

Tuesday August 30, 7:00-9:00 PM in the Wallingford Community Senior Center (bottom floor of the Good Shepherd Center).

Please join us for a general meeting of the WallHALA committee to discuss a community response to:

  1. The scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) framework. Comments are due by September 9, 5:00 PM. See “Speak Up Regarding MHA Impacts!” on the WCC website.
  2. The Public Hearing for the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan revisions on Thursday, September 15, 2:00 PM.  These revisions would substantially change the zoning code in Urban Villages (including Wallingford).
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Speak Up Regarding MHA Impacts! (Due September 9)

Increased density and zoning changes are proposed in Wallingford and other urban villages under the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) framework.  The City has determined that MHA will have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and therefore the City is required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, public services, transportation, utilities, open space and recreation, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, and historic resources.

The City government needs to hear from you now regarding the impacts of the proposed zoning changes!  Development without concurrent mitigation benefits no one, regardless of whether one resides inside or outside of an urban village, in an apartment, a condominium, or a house.

Comments are now being accepted on the scope of the EIS.  You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.  Consider incorporating the concerns described below, and send your comments by 5:00 PM on September 9, 2016.

  1. Written comments may be submitted via email to Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov.
  2. Written comments may be submitted via standard mail to:
    Sam Assefa, Director
    Office of Planning & Community Development
    700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
    PO Box 94788
    Seattle, WA 98124­-7088
  3. Written or verbal comments may be made in person at the following public meeting:
    Saturday August 27, 2016
    Ballard Summer Parkways EventCityScoop
    Ballard Ave. NW, between NW Market St. and 22nd Ave. NW
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Monthly Meeting on Wednesday August 3 at 7PM

Location Change: The meeting will be in the Wallingford Community Senior Center on the bottom floor of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North.

Special Guest: Jay Rood, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Join us for an update on the “Gas Works Park Improvement” maintenance projects (comfort station, play area, east entry).

Special Guests: Adrian Diaz and Martin Welte, Seattle Police Department
Join us for a discussion on race and policing in Seattle.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order.
  • Standard Order of Business:
    • Approval of Minutes.
    • Introduction of the Quality of Life Committee.
    • Gas Works Park Improvement with Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks & Recreation.
    • Discussion on race & policing with Adrian Diaz & Martin Welte, Seattle Police Department (at 7:45 PM).
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Announcements:
    • The next monthly meeting will be Wednesday September 7th, 7:00 PM.
  • Adjourn.
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Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee meeting (August 2)

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 9:30 AM, the Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will discuss the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA-R) framework legislation including amendments by Councilmember Lisa Herbold to address the displacement of low-cost housing. The committee may then vote on the amendments and on the MHA-R program.

This is the preliminary legislation that would move us one step closer to the HALA upzones in Urban Village areas. For more information see: Grand Bargain? Grand Con!

Please take a moment and send an e-mail in support of Councilmember Herbold’s amendments to address displacement to all council members:  sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov; tim.burgess@seattle.gov; bruce.harrell@seattle.gov; mike.obrien@seattle.gov; kshama.sawant@seattle.gov; rob.johnson@seattle.gov; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov; lisa.herbold@seattle.gov; Debora.juarez@seattle.gov;

And please submit your comments to Mayor Murray:
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

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Important – Low-Cost Housing Displacement in MHA-R

This Tuesday, July 19th, Councilmember Lisa Herbold is expected to present the amendments to address displacement in the proposed MHA-R framework legislation to the Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee.

The PLUZ Committee may also vote Tuesday on the Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA-R) program.  MHA-R is the preliminary legislation that would move us one step closer to the HALA upzones in Urban Village areas.

For more information see: Grand Bargain? Grand Con!

Please take a moment and send an e-mail in support of Councilmember Herbold’s amendments to address displacement to all council members:  sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov; tim.burgess@seattle.gov; bruce.harrell@seattle.gov; mike.obrien@seattle.gov; kshama.sawant@seattle.gov; rob.johnson@seattle.gov; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov; lisa.herbold@seattle.gov; Debora.juarez@seattle.gov;

And please submit your comments to Mayor Murray:
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

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Monthly Meeting this Wednesday July 13 at 7PM

The next Monthly Meeting of the Wallingford Community Council will be held Wednesday July 13 at 7:00 PM in the Senior Center of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North (in the second week of the month to avoid the 4th of July holiday).

Note: WCC Monthly Meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month.

LOCATION CHANGE: meeting is in the Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center

Special Guest: Jeff Neuner, Seattle Public Utilities

Jeff will update us on the Transfer Station & answer questions.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order
  • New Board Members & Committees
  • Standard Order of Business:
    • Approval of the Minutes
    • Transfer Station update: Jeff Neuner /SPU
    • Fence across Waterway 20
    • Housing Levy
    • Mayor’s surprise announcement RE: District Councils
    • WallHALA
    • High level report on past actions
    • Future dates of note
    • Queen Anne CC’s appeal
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up)
  • Announcements:
    • Membership & Dues
    • Next monthly meeting is Wednesday, August 3rd, 7pm.
    • FYI: for August, The Project Manager for the “Gas Works Park Improvement” will give an update on the maintenance projects that will be going on in the park (comfort station, play area, east entry).
  • Adjourn.
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Wallingford Family Parade – Saturday July 9

The Wallingford Family Parade offers lots of fun stuff for kids, families and everyone else! All are welcome to march in the parade, dress up, pull a wagon or ride a bike. Attractions include drill teams, clowns, bands, trophies and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Hundreds of people line the street of the historic Wallingford district to watch the parade.

The parade starts at 11am at the corner of Interlake Ave N and N 45th Street, goes east along N 45th Street, and ends at Bagley Ave N.

After the parade, kids are invited to participate in a “hide and seek” game at local businesses along N 45th Street.

See Visit Wallingford for details.

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Important – Public Hearing on Seattle2035

Important – Public Hearing on Seattle2035 –
Your Input Matters!

Monday, June 27th, 6:00 PM

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. For the meeting notice, click here.

Please attend and make public comment.
Sign-up sheet opens at 5:30pm, get there early & bring a neighbor.  FYI: the city is providing Childcare.  NOTE: 90 seconds /person (90 seconds is about 200 words or a bit less than half a page).  Keep it clear & focused.

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TWO Important City Public Hearings – HALA & Seattle2035

There are TWO important city public hearings in the next two weeks related to HALA & Seattle2035.

Tuesday, June 21st, 9:30 AM, HALA – Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) – Upzone Framework Legislation – Public Hearing (City Hall)
Monday, June 27th, 6:00 PM, Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan – Public Hearing (City Hall)

This e-mail focuses on the June 21st Public Hearing for HALA – Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA).

ACTION: This Tuesday, June 21st, 9:30am, City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue
Public Hearing on the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA-R) program.
If you can attend and make public comment, please do so, get there early, and bring a neighbor!!  NOTE: Each person gets two minutes (about 260 words or half a page). Keep it clear & focused.

What is the MHA Upzone Framework Legislation public hearing about?
This is the framework legislation for the MHA-R program that would allowupzones for a parcel in exchange for (a) a percentage of affordable housing units built on site or (b) “in lieu” fees, where the developer contributes to a fund for the City to build affordable housing elsewhere.  The framework legislation that the City Council is considering does not yet implement the upzones, but this hearing is the first step.  The HALA upzones propose that inside the Urban Village boundaries, all Single-Family Zones would be upzoned to some version of Multi-Family.  In Wallingford, there are currently about 700 parcels zoned single-family that could be affected.  However, the gains from an upzone will not be as high as the City expects because many of these parcels are already multi-family via grandfathered duplexes or under-the-radar ADU/DADUs.  Click here for a map.

The schedule for the framework legislation is as follows – all allow opportunity for public comment:
June 21st: Public Hearing at 9:30 AM at City Council chambers in City Hall
July 8th: PLUZ discussion
July 19th: possible PLUZ vote
July 25th: possible Full Council vote
If the framework legislation passes, the City Council will be one step closer to implementing upzones of single-family parcels to multi-family zoning.

A Summary of Concerns regarding MHA-R (go to bottom of e-mail for suggested comment to council members)
1. The city does not need to incentivize development.  The City is experiencing the largest building boom in history with no change to current zoning. According to a report from Dupre + Scott, 36,000 units are already in the pipeline and planned to open in Seattle over the next four years.  That’s half of the city’s target of 70,000 new units by 2035. In testimony to the City Council, Dupre & Scott stated that they project a glut of rental units for the next four to six years.
2. The city is giving away more than it gains.
   – 2.8% – 7% affordable unit set asides are too low.  Cities with similar programs require 10% – 30%
   – The City will not require set aside units unless a neighborhood is first upzoned (The Grand Bargain)
   – There is no guarantee that the developer will build or pay, The legal means to require the building of affordable housing or the payment of the in-lieu fees have not been created.  Developers could sue to avoid having to build affordable housing or to pay in lieu fees, yet the upzones will have already been given away.
   – Replacement or Additional? There is currently no data available to indicate whether the 6,000 affordable units estimated to be created are in addition to those that are demolished to create the new units, or just a replacement.
3. Charge impact fees, just like neighboring cities do.  36,000 units are coming on-line before the MHA-R program is planned to go into effect.  The city should collect impact fees from developers, like most other cities, to fund both infrastructure improvements and additional affordable inclusionary housing.
4. Family-sized housing – where is it?  The City needs to ensure that the development capacity added through upzoning includes a greater supply of three-bedroom and larger family-sized units.
5. Inclusion vs. Affordable – what happened there? The Mayor originally said that we would be trading upzoning for mandatory inclusionary housing, so that we would see affordable units in our neighborhood and in every project. However, he has changed the language to eliminate the inclusionary requirement.
6. We have the development capacity under current zoning!  According to the Seattle Department of Planning & Development (DPD), Seattle has the capacity to add 224,000 housing units and the goal is 70,000 by 2035. Wallingford has already met its growth target through 2025 and has the capacity under existing zoning to meet the projected demand nearly three times over.
7. Maintaining the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods as they grow.  Each neighborhood in Seattle has a unique character and developed a neighborhood plan on how to best accommodate projected growth while maintaining the livability that makes it unique. The Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan appears to remove the requirements to follow the neighborhood plans, eliminating neighborhood input in planning for growth.


Whether you are able or unable to attend the Public Hearing, please send in a comment (suggested comment below).

Please comment by email to the City Council, and/or by phone (206) 684-8888:
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov; tim.burgess@seattle.gov;mike.obrien@seattle.gov; kshama.sawant@seattle.gov;rob.johnson@seattle.gov; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov;lisa.herbold@seattle.gov; bruce.harrell@seattle.gov;debora.juarez@seattle.gov

And please submit your comments to Mayor Murray:
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

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The Antiquated Sewer System & the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA)

Many areas in Seattle have combined sewers where rainwater from roof and street runoff (which often carries pollutants), and raw sewage from our homes combine in the sewer pipes.  During and after heavy rains the sewage flow can exceed the capacity of the waste treatment pipes and the untreated sewage overflow is discharged through Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) directly into waterways.

The zone immediately North of Lake Union from The Locks to Lake Washington produces a significant proportion of the raw sewage dumping into the freshwater areas of Seattle.  Wallingford, Ballard, Fremont, and the U-District dumped more than 130 million gallons of raw sewage into Lake Union, Salmon Bay, and the Ship Canal during 2014 (the most recent data available) alone.  King County and Seattle City CSOs discharged a total of 1.14 billion gallons over 388 events during 2014 (this includes only untreated overflows).

There is a plan in place to address the problem, but according to The Long Term Control Plan (see page 302) the NW Seattle CSO basin projects will not be fully completed until 2030.  If the HALA proposals to upscale zoning are successful, the increased housing density will exacerbate the existing raw sewage problem.  Every new toilet added to the system means more fecal matter in our freshwater!

We urge you to share your opinion of this situation with your elected officials in city government.

Please comment by email to the City Council:
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov; tim.burgess@seattle.govmike.obrien@seattle.gov; kshama.sawant@seattle.govrob.johnson@seattle.gov; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.govlisa.herbold@seattle.gov; bruce.harrell@seattle.govdebora.juarez@seattle.gov

And please submit your comments to Mayor Murray:
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor


Feel free to send your version of this suggested comment:

I oppose HALA up-zoning in the areas that have significant raw sewage outflows.  These environmentally sensitive areas should be specifically excluded from HALA and growth initiatives until the planned sewage retrofits are completed.  Both King County and City of Seattle Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) should be improved in the affected areas before new population growth should be considered.

It is irresponsible for you as our elected city leaders to consider exacerbating the current environmental problems in these sensitive areas with more population and more raw sewage. As government officials, it is your responsibility to ensure that we are in compliance with the State Growth Management Act, which requires concurrent growth of infrastructure with density, and the Federal Clean Water Act.  The environmental impact of HALA is a significant concern for myself and my family.


For additional information:

  1. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU): Sewage Overflow Prevention:
    http://www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/projects/sewageoverflowprevention/
  2. CSO Program 2014 Annual Report:
    http://www.seattle.gov/util/cs/groups/public/@spu/@drainsew/documents/webcontent/1_037450.pdf
  3. SPU: Protecting Seattle’s Waterways.  Long Term Control Plan:
    http://www.seattle.gov/util/cs/groups/public/@spu/@drainsew/documents/webcontent/01_030101.pdf
    See page 157 for a CSO map. Page 302 shows a final completion date of 2030 for NW CSO projects.
  4. Seattle Ship Canal Water Quality Project:
    https://youtu.be/IZCqMfUoiMw
  5. Growth Management rules with regards to wastewater treatment:
    http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/planning.aspx
  6. Rainwise – infomation on managing runoff, including rebates if you live in an overflow area:
    http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Projects/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/RainWise/index.htm
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