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  • Twenty-four Community Groups Join to Appeal the MHA Grand Bargain Environmental Impact Statement Here is a press release from Seattle Fair Growth:PRESS RELEASE: November 27, 2017FOR MORE INFORMATION:Sarajane Siegfriedt, Seattle Fair Growth, sarajane3h@comcast.netToby Thaler, Seattle Fair Growth ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 7:30 PM by PRCC Webmaster
  • Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping - Comment Period Extended to Nov 16th Public Comment Deadline Extended to Nov 16th regarding scoping of the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  This process involves determining factors that will or will not be ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2017, 8:57 PM by PRCC Webmaster
  • Three dwellings per Single Family Lot... From: urbanbalance@activist.com <urbanbalance@activist.com> Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:16 PM To: dmoehring@consultant.com Subject: All invited--- Proposed Backyard Cottage and Granny Flats within Single ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2017, 6:10 PM by PRCC Webmaster
  • Councilmember O'Brien October 11th Office Hours From: Councilmember Mike O'Brien <mike.obrien@seattle.gov> Date: October 9, 2017 at 11:00:24 AM PDT To: <redappleska@yahoo.com> Subject: Updated: Office Hours Now from 6pm ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:05 PM by PRCC Webmaster
  • Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum - Saturday Oct 14th Taproot Theatre The Greenwood and Broadview community councils are sponsoring a Mayoral and City Council candidates’ forum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:04 PM by PRCC Webmaster
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Twenty-four Community Groups Join to Appeal the MHA Grand Bargain Environmental Impact Statement

posted Nov 26, 2017, 7:30 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Here is a press release from Seattle Fair Growth:

PRESS RELEASE: November 27, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sarajane Siegfriedt, Seattle Fair Growth, sarajane3h@comcast.net
Toby Thaler, Seattle Fair Growth, toby@louploup.net
 
Twenty-four Community Groups Join to Appeal the
MHA Grand Bargain Environmental Impact Statement

 
Neighborhood, housing and homeless advocacy, small business and environmental groups from around Seattle are holding a press conference at 12:15 Monday in the City Hall foyer to announce that they have formed an MHA EIS appeal coalition. Also Monday they are filing an appeal to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to the Seattle Hearing Examiner for citywide upzones known as the Grand Bargain.
 
The coalition is called Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity.
 
Jon Lisbin, small business owner and president of Seattle Fair Growth said, “We are worried about affordability and displacement. Our neighborhoods are so different that one-size-fits-all upzones don’t work well for residents or small businesses. The Final EIS completely neglects the differences between neighborhoods that are ripe for multifamily development such as Lake City and Northgate, and other racially diverse neighborhoods, such as South Park and Beacon Hill, that are mainly of older single-family homes owned or rented by lower-income families. The city is leaving low- and middle-income families with no place to go.”
 
Said David Ward, a Ravenna renter and president of the coalition, "It will make Seattle far more unaffordable and also make it more difficult to live here due to more traffic, not enough schools, more pollution, fewer trees, and a loss of the diversity of residents we currently have."
 
“I’m worried about moving out from my parents’ home because I know it’ll be hard to find an apartment I can afford,” said Beacon Hill Council Member and UW student Cacima Lee. “And the idea of buying a home in Seattle is almost a joke.”
 
“Instead of invalidating all neighborhood plans, the city needs to support and celebrate differences while maintaining intact communities,” Christy Tobin-Presser of the West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Coalition added. “These upzones are not needed to accommodate the growth that’s planned. The city already has the more than twice the capacity in multi-family zoning to accommodate all the growth that’s coming, so who’s driving this land-grab?”
 
Wallingford resident Susanna Lin states: "We have a school capacity crisis and the City is planning upzones without coordinating with the School District on a plan to build more schools. In addition, trees are disappearing at an alarming rate. What kind of future is this for our children?"       
 
The Grand Bargain, or Mandatory Housing Affordability-Residential (MHA-R), is a one-size-fits-all proposal by former Mayor Ed Murray and City planners that would give developers increased height limits and profitability in exchange for either building affordable units in their projects or contributing a fee in lieu of including them. In fact, according to the City, most developers have said they will decline to include rent-restricted units in their projects. They prefer to pay the fee.
 
According to Lake City homeowner and affordable housing advocate Sarajane Siegfriedt, the City Office of Housing then leverages the fees 3:1 mostly with federal, state and city tax funds to build low-income housing in other parts of Seattle. Most of the required affordable housing will be built in locations with cheap land, not in the neighborhoods where builders maximize profits by replacing older houses with costly new market-rate housing. Then there’s the delay. It takes four or so years for a nonprofit to receive City and state grants, assemble the rest of the funding, and construct a building, assuming they already have the land.”
 
“We share the City’s goal of affordable housing for those earning less than 60% of Area Median Income, but it is simply not achieved by these upzones,” Siegfriedt said. “That’s why we are filing an appeal. The real impacts that destroy and gentrify our low- and moderate-income neighborhoods are loss of affordability, community and livability.”
 
Said West Seattle’s Tobin-Presser, ”The purpose of an Environmental Impact Statement, required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), is to provide two or more alternatives to the proposed changes, to analyze as thoroughly as possible the impacts of the alternatives and to propose mitigation for those impacts.
 
The FEIS appeal coalition asserts that the proposed upzones won’t provide affordability, that the alternatives studied in the FEIS are completely inadequate, and that the impacts and mitigation must be analyzed neighborhood by neighborhood.
 
Members of Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity:
Baker Street Community Group ● Beacon Hill Council of Seattle ● Cherry Hill Community Council ● Citizens for Architectural Diversity ● Eastlake Community Council ● Fremont Neighborhood Council ● Friends of the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan ● Friends of Ravenna-Cowen ● Georgetown, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition ● Jackson Place Community Council ● Madison-Miller Park Community●  Magnolia Community Council ● Morgan Community Association (MoCA) ● Save Madison Valley ● Seattle Displacement Coalition ● Seattle Fair Growth ● Seniors United for Neighborhoods ● South Park, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition ● TreePAC ● U District Small Businesses ● University District Community Council ● Wallingford Community Council ● West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) ●
Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition
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Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping - Comment Period Extended to Nov 16th

posted Nov 7, 2017, 8:53 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 8:57 PM ]

Public Comment Deadline Extended to Nov 16th regarding scoping of the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  This process involves determining factors that will or will not be considered as part of the ADU EIS for Seattle.  The public can shape this process.  Use the following link for information and how to submit comments:

http://www.seattle.gov/council/adu-eis

Three dwellings per Single Family Lot...

posted Oct 29, 2017, 6:09 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 6:10 PM ]

From: urbanbalance@activist.com <urbanbalance@activist.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:16 PM
To: dmoehring@consultant.com
Subject: All invited--- Proposed Backyard Cottage and Granny Flats within Single Family lots
 

Really? Three dwellings per Single Family Lot...

Find out more what Seattle’s Councilperson Mike O’Brien has proposed for allowing both attached and detached accessory dwellings on single family lots that are at least 3,200 square feet in size (Possible Council Bill by Autumn 2018 following Environmental Impact Study). These were previously known as Granny Flats and Backyard Cottages. Public comment is due November 1, 2017*.

  • Monday, October 30, 6 pm at the Ballard Public Library large conference room (information and petition)
  • Tuesday, November 28, 6pm at the Magnolia Public Library (roundtable - take action – keep informed)
  • * Find City’s information online at: seattle.gov/council/adu-eis  

Special thanks for the efforts of the Queen Anne Community Council Land Use Committee !!!

 

Link to October 30th event on NextDoor:

https://nextdoor.com/events/wa/seattle/ready-3-dwellings-per-single-family-lot-1671079?i=hfwqcxbspryhfsqhpkxp&utm_campaign=events&utm_source=link&utm_medium=u-mobile-ios

This event explores additional information available that City Planners may not be sharing to the public. City representatives may not be available.

David Moehring, AIA NCARB, Architect.   M (312) 965-0634 |  UrbanBalance@activist.com |  Seattle

Councilmember O'Brien October 11th Office Hours

posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:05 PM by PRCC Webmaster

From: Councilmember Mike O'Brien <mike.obrien@seattle.gov>
Date: October 9, 2017 at 11:00:24 AM PDT
To: <redappleska@yahoo.com>
Subject: Updated: Office Hours Now from 6pm - 7:30pm on Oct 11
Reply-To: Councilmember Mike O'Brien <mike.obrien@seattle.gov>

Trouble seeing the message? View this email in your browser.

Office Hours Pushed Later into the Evening on Oct 11

I hear you! Because many folks in the community have expressed interest in attending office hours, I have pushed the time on October 11 to 6pm-7:30pm (rather than 5pm). Hopefully with this change, people can participate fully. Details below:

  • In-District Office Hours
  • Wednesday, October 11 from 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
    6532 Phinney Ave N, 98103

As a reminder, I am doing office hours a little differently this year. I will present what community members have said previously and will hear your input going forward. I hope that it can be a conversation between neighbors and my office to craft priorities together.


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Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum - Saturday Oct 14th Taproot Theatre

posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:04 PM by PRCC Webmaster

The Greenwood and Broadview community councils are sponsoring a Mayoral and City Council candidates’ forum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by freelance journalist Steve Scher, host of Town Hall’s podcast “In the Moment,” and will be followed by a question and answer session. Bring your questions or email in advance to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

Candidates attending: Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon; City Council Position 8 candidates Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant; City Council Position 9 candidate Pat Murikami.

Public Safety Information and Tips from the Seattle Police Department

posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:00 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Seattle Police Department Community Safety Information:

The following information provided to us thanks to:
Mary Amberg
Seattle Police Department
Crime Prevention Coordinator
206-684-7711

Your community police team officers’ names and contact information:

Officer Cruzan (206) 233-3733 michael.cruzan@seattle.gov
Officer Bender (206) 233-3984
joseph.bender@seattle.gov  

Community police team officers are available to help the community with chronic issues. If there is a crime always report it first before contacting Officer Cruzan or Officer Bender. Please feel free to contact me (Mary Amberg) anytime with Seattle Police questions.

Finding out what is going on in your area:

Tweet By Beat: https://twitter.com/seattlepdJ2

Seattle Police Blotter: http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/  

Consider joining NextDoor:  https://nextdoor.com      

View Police Reports: http://web1.seattle.gov/police/records/PoliceReports/Default.aspx

You can call the North Precinct at 206-684-0794 to ask for a “request to watch”.

Your micro policing neighborhood is Phinney Ridge or Greenwood. Knowing this information is helpful if you want to look up crime statistics and crime reports for your area which can be done at: http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/crime-data/crime-dashboard

You can see police and fire responses to 911 calls within the last 48 hours at: http://web6.seattle.gov/mnm/incidentresponse.aspx

Graffiti information: http://www.seattle.gov/police/prevention/graffiti.htm

The graffiti Detective’s Personal website:

https://sites.google.com/site/graffitidetective/graffiti-prevention?overridemobile=true

The online crime reporting link is:

http://www.seattle.gov/police/report/default.htm

  • Property Destruction
  • Identity Theft
  • Car Prowls (under $1500)
  • Auto Accessories
    (under $1500)
  • Theft of Property (under $500)
  • *Narcotics Activity* http://www.seattle.gov/police/contact/reporting/nars.htm This link will take you to information about the NARs report as well as give the narcotic detectives phone number.
  • Graffiti (must upload photos)

Why can't I use online reporting for all crimes? Some crimes and incidents may require evidence collection or other investigative procedures requiring an officer’s involvement. Also, only crimes that have no suspects, are not in progress and do not involve injury can be reported this way. This is for the safety of everyone involved. Reporting suspicious activity can be done through 911 or SPD non-emergency (206) 625-5011.

Seattle Police Traffic Unit: You can either call Kasey Loete 206-684-8722 or you can email her at kasey.loete@seattle.gov. She will help you with next steps to take if you want more speed traffic enforcement on your street.

For traffic calming measures such as speed humps, traffic circles, and radar speed signs information http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ntcp_physical.htm .

License Plates and Abandoned Vehicles: Please report abandoned vehicles (sitting in one spot for over 72 hours) especially those that are connecting with suspicious activity. If you suspect an abandoned vehicle may be stolen, you can check the plates against our stolen car Twitter account at http://twitter.com/getyourcarback - you do not need an account to view this information. You can report an abandoned vehicle online using our Abandoned Vehicle Reporting Form .

SPD Parking Enforcement: http://www.seattle.gov/police/parking/default.htm (206) 368-9012.

North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) : http://seattlenpac.blogspot.com/  Meets the first Wednesday of every month. 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting is at Lakeside School, 14050 1st Ave NE, in the Kent Evans Auditorium in a building on upper school campus.  This is a great place to meet and speak with the police and neighborhood leaders.

For more information about SMART 911: https://www.smart911.com/

Find it Fix it App:   http://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau/find-it-fix-it-mobile-app

  • Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on — parking meter, utility pole or building — so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
  • Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping — junk, garbage or debris — on public property, including roadsides, open streets and paved alleys.
  • Pothole: report a pothole.
  • Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
  • Streetlight Report: report a streetlight outage or damaged streetlight.
  • Needles: On weekdays after 5 p.m. call the Needles Hotline at 206-684-7587, on weekends call 206-643-3682.
  • Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request not listed above, which will be processed by the City's Customer Service Bureau. 206-684-CITY. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback.

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections : To make a property or building complaint http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/makeacomplaint/default.htm

Please contact me (Mary Amberg, contact info above) if you would like a security assessment on your home or business.  

Mayoral Candidate Debate to be Hosted by PNA on Oct. 22nd

posted Oct 1, 2017, 6:02 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 6:03 PM ]

The PNA will host a mayoral candidate forum on October 22. The forum will be from 5-6 pm, doors open at 4:30. Here are links to the webpage and Facebook event

Seattle City Club Mayoral Candidate Debate 10/24 - Questions from the Public Solicited

posted Aug 30, 2017, 1:34 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 6:05 PM ]

We wanted to let you know mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will participate in a debate October 24th that will be broadcast live. Seattle residents are invited to submit questions in advance via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd59pfc5oq6Fk4SnYsQT3SLEwd29sAXbpkd_mM1BJABumieOw/viewform.

Information on the debate can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-mayoral-debate-oct-24th-tickets-36721196086.

Extended: Public Comment Open Through August 7 on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mandatory Housing Affordability Plan

posted Jul 9, 2017, 3:11 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Information copied from Seattle City email announcement by The HALA TEAM (susie.philipsen@seattle.gov)
July 6, 2017 // Issue 25

City extends comment period on evaluation of citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability
Public comments on alternatives accepted until August 7, 2017

News Release


SEATTLE (July 6, 2017) Today the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) extended the public comment period until August 7 on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Seattle’s urban villages and other commercial and multifamily residential zones across the city.

 

“Due to a high volume of requests, both online and at a recent public hearing, we are extending the written comment period on this environmental study an additional 15 days,” said OPCD Director Sam Assefa. “While there is broad agreement on the need for more affordable housing across Seattle, these documents are lengthy and complex, and we want to honor these requests for more time for public review.”

 

The public can provide feedback on the environmental study using this online form or by e-mailing MHA.EIS@Seattle.gov.

 

MHA helps ensure that as Seattle grows, development supports affordable housing for low-income families and individuals by either building rent-restricted homes on-site or making a payment to the Seattle Office of Housing fund for affordable housing. To implement MHA, the City would grant additional development capacity to allow for construction of more market-rate housing and commercial space.

 

The City Council has already enacted MHA in Downtown, South Lake Union, and the University District. This study evaluates implementing MHA in 27 other urban villages throughout the city.

 

MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee.


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 What is an EIS? Check out the video below to learn more. 
Jesseca Brand 
Seattle Neighborhoods
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Public Comment Open Through July 23 on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mandatory Housing Affordability Plan

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:35 AM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

The following information is from the city's website.  

You can learn more and provide your feedback on the Draft EIS through July 23 at http://tinyurl.com/HALA-MHA-EIS.  

MHA Environmental Impact Statement

Draft EIS Comments

We published the Draft EIS on June 8, 2017. The comment period is open until July 23, 2017. Please comment using our online form, by email to MHA.EIS@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

Office of Planning and Community Development
Attn: MHA EIS
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

For more information about the environmental review process watch our What is an EIS? video. The Washington State Department of Ecology also has information about SEPA and the EIS process

Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS

Our Draft EIS studies three alternatives: a No Action Alternative and two different Action Alternatives. The Draft EIS identifies and describes potential impacts on the environment that could occur as a result of zoning changes to implement MHA. In October 2016, we published a first draft of the proposed MHA zoning changesThe alternatives studied in the MHA Draft EIS are not a direct reflection of public feedback received on the draft MHA zoning maps published in October 2016. Why not? Because the Draft EIS studies a much wider range of options and uses the results of the analysis to better understand the potential impacts of a final proposal. We developed the alternatives with public input about what we should study, but none of them represents a specific preferred alternative. Our Final EIS will include a preferred alternative that reflects public input.

Use our draft EIS web map to see the zoning scenarios for Alternative 2 and Alternative 3 analyzed in the Draft EIS.

MHA Draft EIS (entire document)

MHA Draft EIS (all appendices)

Introduction and Table of Contents 

1.0 Summary

2.0 Description of the Proposal and Alternatives

3.0 Environmental Analysis

4.0 References

5.0 Distribution List

Appendices

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