Eliminating Single-Family Neighborhoods - CM O'Brien's Plan for City-wide Triplex Zoning

posted Nov 21, 2018, 5:43 PM by CBF
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Appeal Update
Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s legislation is now rapidly moving forward to eliminate EVERY single-family neighborhood and convert your property to triplex zoning with no parking or ownership requirements!
Please forward this email to every neighbor and friend!

Please consider joining hundreds already from all around Seattle in helping us defend you and every Seattle neighborhood by offering a contribution here.  And for much more information, please visit our Appeal Website here.

20 November 2018
Good Evening Neighbors City-wide;
Re:     Eliminating Single-Family Neighborhoods
          Compromise Negotiation Proposal Rejected by Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Update - QA Appeal of the ADU-EIS.
On November 1st, well over 200 Seattleites gathered on Queen Anne to learn more about Councilmember O’Brien’s pending legislation to eliminate all single-family neighborhoods city-wide.  Everyone in attendance from all around our city had the opportunity to learn about our appeal and publicly share their opinions, ideas, and personal stories and concerns.  Everyone felt it was a great public meeting.
One week later on the 8th, the Hearing Examiner held the Pre-Hearing Conference where the parties joined to schedule the upcoming events associated with holding the hearing.  The basic dates below have been established going forward:
  1. Document Delivery:  Due December 14, 2018
QACC submitted a formal Public Records Request a after filing the appeal in order to review all documentation connected with the proposed legislation including the EIS and all other work products surrounding the appeal.  The City stated that 100% of that document request will be delivered on that date.  Upon receiving the complete set, a QACC committee including our experts and volunteers from around our city will review the document history.
  1. Hearing Date:  March 25th – March 29th 2019
During the next few months the QACC committees together with our attorney and professional experts will work to prepare our case which will be heard by the hearing examiner on these dates.  Some will question the delay but all parties had conflicts in January, February, and early March 2019.
During our Prehearing Conference, we made it clear that QACC is open to negotiating a reasonable settlement including compromises to the legislation.  At our city-wide community meeting on November 1st, I invited participation from everyone in attendance to contact us and propose ideas that could improve the legislation in hopes that the city would entertain discussions of compromise from many perspectives.  Several accepted the invite.
I reached out to Councilmember Mike O’Brien and we grabbed coffee yesterday to discuss the issues and opportunities and areas of compromise that may lie ahead.  I proposed that he and the council accept our invitation to review and consider obvious alternatives that the he and the Environmental Impact Statement failed to consider.  I saw this as a win-win as I feel strongly that councilmembers should be facilitators, not autocrats strictly beholden to their own narrow ideology.  Keep in mind that less than 150 Seattleites attended the only two abbreviated scoping meetings held by the city where the legislation was open for public review!  Very few Seattleites know of this huge change!
Unfortunately, I must inform you that CM O’Brien has closed the door to negotiating.  He relating to me unequivocally that the EIS spoke to all his issues leaving no room to consider any compromise.  He remains firmly entrenched in every line-item of his legislation to eliminate every Seattle single-family neighborhood without considering any important neighborhood, property, infrastructure or economic differentiations.  One-size-fits-all!  
In addition, he shared his confidence that every councilmember firmly supports him and his legislation.  He left no door open and even told me directly that there was no reason for us to withdraw our appeal – nothing would change!
As the EIS is woefully deficient in adequately identifying and analyzing the true environment impacts from CM O’Brien’s indiscriminate conversion of every Seattle neighborhood, we will continue to proceed full-speed ahead in preparing and proving our case, now that we have been given the unambiguous decision from City Hall. 
Invite you friends and neighbors to write a letter to your councilmember and strongly voice your opinion!
Please consider joining hundreds already from all around Seattle in helping us defend you and every Seattle neighborhood by offering a contribution here.  And for much more information, please visit our Appeal Website here.
Thanks as always for your support,
Queen Anne Community Council
Land Use Review and Planning Committee
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA Chair