Seattle Neighborhoods – A Victory!

 Update : 5 February 2017

THANKS TO THOUSANDS FROM ALL CORNERS OF SEATTLE

Donations Closed – thanks!!  goal reached

 Appeal Decision

 For those that missed Martin Kaplan’s Seattle Times Op-Ed published Sunday 16 July 2016, discussing O’Brien’s legislation and Murray’s unilateral dismissal of our collective city-wide voice through 30 years of Community and District Councils, here is a link: 

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/neighborhoods-deserve-a-say-on-backyard-cottages/

The Queen Anne Community Council is appealing the City’s determination that there are NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS associated with rezoning all of Seattle’s neighborhoods and converting almost every single-family property to allow duplexes and triplexes.   This is a city-wide citizen challenge!  Please support us in helping to fund this critical appeal that represents all our neighborhoods.

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In June 2015, Mayor Murray presented the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), which –among 65 recommendations to help solve our housing affordability crisis – included converting all single family zones to multi-family. Neighborhoods and citizens citywide loudly objected and soon thereafter Mayor Murray promised to take all the single-family changes “off the table.”  He has often repeated his commitment!

Now, contrary to Mayor Murray’s promise, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien has put before the City Council a proposed legislation to rezone almost all the city’s neighborhoods – 50% of the total area of Seattle – 120,000 properties –  from single-family to “triplex,” and ruling that this unprecedented zoning change will have NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT upon livability, infrastructure, congestion, traffic, parking, and many other considerations.

This proposed legislation bypasses all customary and traditional public process: no professional environmental impact studies, no neighborhood outreach or involvement—NO PUBLIC HEARINGS!   The lack of broad solicitation of citizen input together with no apparent professional analysis of reliable neighborhood metrics and data collection is inexcusable.

We of the Queen Anne Community Council are formally appealing to the city to stop this high-handed, undemocratic, and destructive rush to overturn decades of inclusive, gradual, rational land-use policy. We ask you to familiarize yourself with the outlines of the problem by visiting our Issues page; to rouse your neighbors to the threat to our civic lifestyle; and to contribute what you can to cover the legal costs of halting the biggest challenge to intelligent and humane development in the history of the city.

We have only a few weeks to raise the $25,000 we need to fund our appeal. Please join with us now to ensure real public participation in this vital decision.