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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 (
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 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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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  

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, or by mail to:

Office of Planning and Community Development
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


PRCC Annual Meeting (May 2, 2017) Synopsis of Attendee Topic Interests

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:21 AM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 10:24 AM ]

A synopsis of topics/issues raised by attendees at the PRCC May 2nd annual meeting regarding gathering, transportation, housing, sustainability, inclusion and participation, communication, health services, neighborhood character, walkability/accessibility, businesses and employment, education/families, and others is provided in a document titled PRCC Annual Meeting Topics and Polled notes 2017-06-05 in our Important Documents archive.  

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) Released on Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

posted Jun 9, 2017, 9:59 AM by PRCC Webmaster

Daily Plan It Office of Planning & Community Development

City Evaluates Zoning Changes for Mandatory Housing Affordability

June 8, 2017 by

Today the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 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.

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. To implement MHA, the City would grant additional development capacity to allow for construction of more market-rate housing and commercial space.

“Implementing MHA is one of many actions the City is proposing to address housing affordability,” said Sam Assefa, director of OPCD. “We look forward to community input on the DEIS, especially on our analysis of impacts resulting from MHA implementation. Your feedback will help us finalize our recommendation on how to guide growth with additional affordable housing, while working to reduce displacement risks as Seattle grows.”

Seattle is currently the fastest growing large city in the United States. The average rent for a Seattle two-bedroom, one-bath apartment is $1,863. The average rent in Seattle has increased 55 percent since 2010. Twenty percent of Seattle renters now spend more than half their income on housing.

The DEIS issued today examines the potential effects of zoning changes that will implement MHA in multifamily and commercial zones in Seattle, areas currently zoned Single Family Residential in existing urban villages, and in urban village expansion areas identified in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The three alternatives considered in the DEIS include:

  1. “No Action” that does not implement MHA requirements on new development, but maintains current zoning and building heights as Seattle grows.
  2. Changing zoning to guide additional housing and job growth to urban villages in a similar pattern as the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan, but without specifically considering displacement risk or access to opportunity.
  3. Continuing the urban village strategy, but varying zoning changes and development capacity based on each urban village’s relative level of displacement risk and access to opportunity, as identified in the Seattle 2035 Growth and Equity Analysis.

Both action alternatives would generate at least 5500 new affordable homes from development in the study area over 20 years. The No Action alternative, however, would generate only about 200 additional affordable homes in the study area through the City’s existing Incentive Zoning program. The Draft EIS identifies environmental impacts and mitigation measures for each alternative.

You can learn more and provide your feedback on the Draft EIS through July 23 at

OPCD will host an open house and public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on June 29 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall. The public will have an opportunity to learn more about the alternatives, ask questions and provide public comment.

The City’s Final EIS and a preferred alternative will be developed based on community comments received to date and input on the three alternatives in the DEIS. OPCD expects to complete the Final EIS of the preferred alternative in September before transmitting a proposal to the Seattle City Council for consideration.

MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee. In 2015 and 2016, Mayor Ed Murray proposed the ordinances that established the framework for MHA, which the City Council adopted unanimously.

The City Council has already implemented MHA in the U District, Downtown, and South Lake Union. The Council is currently considering MHA legislation for the Chinatown-International District and three key intersections along 23rd Ave in the Central Area. Legislation to implement MHA in Uptown will be considered separately.

OPCD, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Office of Housing have held more than 165 public meetings, open houses and group discussions on implementing MHA throughout Seattle’s urban villages. From February 2016 to October 2016, community focus groups, HALA open houses, online surveys, and neighborhood pop-ups worked to inform principles to help guide the implementation of MHA. Draft maps for implementing MHA in Seattle’s urban villages have been the focus of open houses and community feedback since October 2016.

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Hoot for the Hood - Woodland Park Zoo Neighbor Appreciation Event

posted Jun 9, 2017, 9:54 AM by PRCC Webmaster

Neighbor Newsflash | June 2017

Please join Woodland Park Zoo at an evening celebration for our closest neighbors from Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Fremont and Green Lake.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo’s West Plaza
Enter through the West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th and N. 56th streets

Come to the zoo for an after-work mix and mingle with your fellow neighbors. Cool down with ice cream and enjoy a walk through our Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio.
Hoot for the Hood is free to neighbors of Woodland Park Zoo. Evening parking for the event is free of charge. RSVP is encouraged.


Future of Green Lake Community Center and Pool - Board of Park Commissioners Statement

posted May 18, 2017, 3:18 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Attached please find a statement regarding the future of the Green Lake Community Center and Pool

Design Review for 7009 Greenwood/Shared Roof Project

posted Apr 30, 2017, 6:47 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated May 1, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

Design Review for 7009 Greenwood/Shared Roof Project


Email and letters regarding the DESIGN FEATURES of this project will be considered by the Design Review Board on May 1st. You can also attend the May 1st public meeting to present your comments in person. The meeting will be at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW,  at 6:30 p.m.

This is a separate phase of the review process that focuses on the building design and relationship to neighboring properties and public space. If you have submitted comments or testimony about the developer’s request to rezone the property, know that those letters and comments may not be seen by the Design Review Board.

The latest design plans can be found online by clicking here

THEN CLICK “Documents”

LOOK FOR  "Design Proposal: REC Proposal" dated 04/16/2017


CLICK "see details about this address” 
CLICK “Documents”

LOOK FOR "Design Proposal: REC Proposal" dated 04/16/2017

Email comments to 

By mail:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019


The property address and project # 3023260

Your address


May 2 - Envisioning the Future for Phinney Ridge - PRCC Meeting and Board Elections

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:21 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 8:23 PM ]

Envisioning the Future for Phinney Ridge
Tuesday May 2, 2017  7:00 p.m
Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will host a workshop to hear what neighbors would like in the future for Phinney Ridge.  There will be several stations of topics that people can contribute ideas to as they rotate through each station.  For example, there will be stations for Sustainability, Gathering Places and Open Space , Housing, Health Services, Safety and Security and others.  One idea already offered is declaring the neighborhood for sustainability, which is a special certification process.  Another idea relates to Age Friendly community features, and pedestrian safety improvements.  

This is a participatory based meeting and we encourage people  to look into the future and help the neighborhood dream about its potential and guide developers who are bringing new projects in our area.  For more information about this meeting and other things that the Community Council has been following,visit

The election to fill expiring board positions will also take place at this meeting.  Nominate yourself or simply come to vote for others.  

And in appreciation of Phinney Neighborhood Association providing space for our meetings, be sure and bring receipts from Ballard Market to the front desk.

April 27 MHA Proposed Zoning Change Meeting Re: Greenwood/Phinney, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, NE 130th

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:42 AM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

Location Hale's Ales Brewery (All Ages)
4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Thursday April 27, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Event typeCommunity Open House
Building Name / Room Number / Site The Palladium
Event Description City of Seattle staff will have maps and other information regarding proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing.

Proposed MHA zoning changes that we will focus on are: Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, NE 130th, Greenwood/Phinney

Projects and City departments planning on attending are: Age Friendly Seattle (HSD), Design Review (SDCI), Ship Canal Water Quality (SPU), Open Space Plan (OPCD), Democracy Vouchers (EE), Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (SDOT); Mandatory Housing Affordability (OPCD/OH)

Talk to us at citywide 
Spring Open Houses 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, in collaboration with the Seattle Office of Housing, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development, Seattle Department of Transportation, and others are hosting community Open Houses across the city. Everyone interested in making a more affordable, livable Seattle for all are invited to come, learn, and join in conversation with your neighbors and City staff.
What can I expect from these Open Houses?
You can check out all the information, talk with City staff and your neighbors. City staff will be available to talk one-on-one and can also take your comments. All meetings will have maps of urban villages if you would like to talk about proposed zoning changes. Click on the calendar links to the right to see which departments will be attending each meeting. 

What will be done with the comments collected?
Currently we are hearing questions and taking comments about Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) proposed changes to neighborhood zoning. Public comment ends on June 30 after which City staff will review collected feedback and make adjustments to draft maps. We hope to provide summaries of your feedback over the course of the summer and into fall. 

What if I can’t attend but I want to give comment on these projects?
There are several ways to comment, so choose what works best for you. You can send us an email at If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call the HALA Hotline: (206) 743-6612. (Note: the hotline is staffed M-F from 9am to 5pm, and has voicemail if you call during other times.) Anyone can join the online conversation about HALA at If you have a question and are not sure who to ask, call the Customer Service Bureau 206-684-2489 (CITY) voice or (TTY) 7-1-1

Livable Phinney Requests Help

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:17 AM by PRCC Webmaster

We're making progress, but need your help for final $$ push to the finish line.
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Phinney Flats land use appeal:
We're making progress but need Big Final $$ Push to the Finish Line 

Dear Neighbors,

Since our last letter in late February, a lot has happened.

  • There has been considerable support for this appeal, but we need everyone to help fund the total expenses of this legal process. The only way to resolve the problems with Phinney Flats is through this appeal!
  • Several people outside the neighborhood have donated because they see the value and applicability of our appeal to other urban villages.
  • We have engaged several expert witnesses and developed strong evidence for our case.
  • We have submitted our initial arguments challenging the city’s code interpretations concerning the lack of setbacks and other issues. 
  • We are preparing for the hearing on May 2nd and 3rd.

All this is very costly and has involved many, many hours of volunteer time as well to keep legal costs down as much possible.  Going forward we need to raise another $10-$15 thousand in the next few weeks to cover the cost for preparing our witnesses, exhibits, and the time our attorney spends presenting our case before the Hearing Examiner and preparing the post-hearing briefs.

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This appeal is our opportunity to:

  • Rebalance the scales between Phinney’s livability standards and developer maximum financial gain for this and other new developments over the next few years.
  • Secure reasonable changes to this project that will mitigate its parking impacts and other deficiencies.
  • Keep commercial parking along Greenwood/Phinney Ave from being lost to new residential uses.
  • Influence upcoming land use code changes regarding parking and the City’s misguided belief that a nearby bus eliminates car ownership and parking demand by micro-unit residents.

More development coming to Phinney Ridge

The city’s planning department has studied the zoned development capacity of the city including the Phinney-Greenwood Urban Village.  Data from that model shows the potential for up to 674 new residential units just between 65th St. and 75th St. along Phinney/Greenwood Avenue. This does not include the potential for additional units under the increased building heights (upzones) the Mayor has proposed. Our review of development trends in the past few years shows the ratio of onsite parking to residential units is under 50%. The three Johnson & Carr microhousing developments (2 in Greenwood and the proposed Phinney Flats) are providing ZERO parking for a total of 136 apartments. Phinney Flats is 57 units.

Parking is a public resource that should be shared equitably. Developers should provide onsite parking to meet the new demand they generate when there is no public parking capacity left to “share.”

Help preserve the livability of your neighborhood. Please, go on line to and use PayPal or a credit card or send a check to Livable Phinney at the address above or drop into the HomeStreet Bank at 73rd St. and make a donation.  All donations are for legal expenses only and donor information is entirely confidential. All amounts are welcome but consider $100, $200, $500, $1,000. Yes, we‘ve had a few $1K donations – thanks very much!


For Livable Phinney:
Jan Weldin, Michael Richards, Irene Wall

Please support our appeal with a donation, today!

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