Hearing on appeal of Seattle’s MHA upzone plan by 29 community groups begins this Monday, June 25th 9am (Location: City Hearing Examiner Room 4009 Seattle Municipal Tower)

by Susanna Lin and John Fox Lawyers for 29 neighborhood groups will convene in Hearing Room 4009 (40th Floor) of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 9am Monday June 25th, to tell the City Hearing Examiner why the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City’s massive "MHA" upzone plan must be redone.  This unprecedented coalition of groups … Continue reading Hearing on appeal of Seattle’s MHA upzone plan by 29 community groups begins this Monday, June 25th 9am (Location: City Hearing Examiner Room 4009 Seattle Municipal Tower)

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Developers should not be exempt in new ordinance to protect Seattle’s trees 

by Steve Zemke and Susanna Lin Look around at any development site in Seattle, and you will usually find it clear cut of any trees or vegetation that used to be there. Given the record breaking development boom we are experiencing, and the City Council preparing to add more density with upzones across Seattle, and … Continue reading Developers should not be exempt in new ordinance to protect Seattle’s trees 

Have you donated yet to the appeal?

If you have, will you dig deeper and donate more? The City has not adequately assessed the negative impacts of its planned upzones, nor studied reasonable alternatives to upzoning to create affordable housing.  This is why Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity (SCALE) has filed a legal appeal of the Environmental Impact Statement with the Hearing Examiner … Continue reading Have you donated yet to the appeal?

You tell me this filthy choking air is progress, that your steel and glass boxes are better than each tree, happy, green, full of life

Poem for May 16th by James A. Stansberry From the many tribes singing in my blood I come and I say, you are the same people who brought trinkets, worthless then, less now to bargain, we would have simply welcomed you to our land, but, you could not hear it singing then, cannot hear it … Continue reading You tell me this filthy choking air is progress, that your steel and glass boxes are better than each tree, happy, green, full of life

Former Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda falls short on both affordability and livability. We can do better.

An edited version of this statement was given by Alex Pedersen on February 12, 2018 at the District 4 public hearing on Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). It is are shared here with permission. Good evening. Thank you, City Councilmembers, for travelling from City Hall to our neighborhood to have this public hearing tonight. My name … Continue reading Former Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda falls short on both affordability and livability. We can do better.

The Seattle Times Opinion: “All of Seattle’s neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval”

Below is an excerpt from the February 14, 2018 Seattle Times (for the full article click here). Written by Claudia Newman and David Bricklin, attorneys who are representing Seattle Coalition for Affordability Livability and Equity (SCALE) in the hearing examiner appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the citywide implementation of the Mandatory Housing … Continue reading The Seattle Times Opinion: “All of Seattle’s neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval”

One can support density and still be against the MHA upzone proposal

The following comments were given by Julie McCleery on February 12, 2018 at the District 4 public hearing on MHA. They are shared here with permission. Thank you for your time. I think it’s important to note that one could be for increased density and still against this particular proposal. I am against this legislation … Continue reading One can support density and still be against the MHA upzone proposal

Seattle Times op ed “Don’t believe HALA upzone hype”

Excerpt from the Seattle Times op ed written by Seattle Fair Growth board member Susanna Lin: "The city has produced a biased study that does not honestly or accurately assess the impacts of those zoning changes on displacement, the loss of tree canopy, school capacity, historic and cultural resources, transportation, small businesses and infrastructure. The … Continue reading Seattle Times op ed “Don’t believe HALA upzone hype”