The upzones are coming! The upzones are coming! (Can you picture me riding my horse through Wallingford and sounding the alarm just like Paul Revere?) But seriously, the City Council is moving forward.
On January 7, the City had the first of five special committee meetings to discuss the HALA MHA upzones. A public hearing has been scheduled for February 21 and a final City Council vote is set for March 18. Yikes.
There’s currently a glut of empty luxury apartments and increased density is driving gentrification in historically minority neighborhoods like the Central District, but the City moves forward anyway with its plan to upzone 27 urban villages for increased building heights and more apartment buildings, including Wallingford. And it’s championed by our own District four Councilmember Rob Johnson (who has announced he is not running for reelection in 2019).
If you happen to be completely unfamiliar with what the heck I’m talking about (maybe you’re new to town or not totally enthralled by land use discussions), I wrote a sort of intro to HALA piece here. Or if you want more specifics about what is proposed for your block (which the City Council could decide to change on a whim) you can click here. And if you really want to dive in deep, you can look at all of the posts I’ve written here. Now it might be clear that I am not a fan of this upzone plan, but of course there are two sides to every story, so just to be fair you can read this Wallyhood post in support of the upzones if you are looking for another perspective.
If you would like to be more involved, the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability
And please plan on attending the public hearing on February 21 at 5:30 p.m. This will probably be a busy one, so definitely arrive early if you want a chance to speak before the Council loses interest. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 600 4th Avenue. To view information on the public hearing, and all of the City Council MHA Special Committee meetings, click here (make sure you scroll down to the 2019 meetings).
Lastly, make sure the City Council and Mayor hear from you!
Mayor Jenny Durkan: [email protected]
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Or to email the Councilmembers individually:
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