Amendments to Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Legislation Submitted by PRCC to the Seattle City Council

posted Jan 15, 2019, 8:41 PM by CBF   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 10:32 PM by PRCC Webmaster ]

The City Council has begun final discussion of the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) zoning changes that would increase height and density throughout neighborhoods, ostensibly to facilitate the building of some affordable units.  There has been considerable effort made by neighborhoods citywide to refine the City's proposal so that it better respects and is more consistent with the unique character of each neighborhood.  The City Council was accepting proposed amendments to the MHA legislation until January 15 at 5 p.m.

In light of the condensed time frame, as announced by the city over the holidays, the Phinney Ridge Community Council Board of Directors held a special meeting on January 14 to adopt several amendments, generated from earlier discussions, that it has now transmitted to the City Council for consideration.  These amendments focus on accepting growth in the Greenwood/Phinney Urban Village, encourage a mix of unit sizes in new construction so as to better accommodate families, call for retaining existing code requirements for new buildings built outside the Urban Village, and seek to protect and increase the tree canopy.    

We will be requesting that Mike O'Brien, our District 6 City Council representative, sponsor these amendments and facilitate discussion on the merits of each of them.  The amendments submitted by PRCC are attached below and are posted here in our Important Documents archive.  

PRCC Webmaster,
Jan 24, 2019, 10:28 PM