Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Alternate Proposal for Mandatory Housing Affordability in the Madison-Miller Residential Urban Village

May 10, 2017

TO: HALA Team: Jesseca Brand, Brennon Staley, Nick Welch, Geoff Wentlandt
CC: Sam Assefa, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson, Spencer Williams
RE: Alternate Proposal for Mandatory Housing Affordability in the Madison-Miller Residential Urban Village

Dear HALA Team:

The Madison-Miller Community group acts on behalf of the Madison-Miller Residential Urban Village. As stewards, we have engaged with the HALA feedback process to date. We have also organized our own parallel process to collect feedback from our community (including a February 15 workshop attended by more than 200 community members) about the proposed rezoning.

We do not believe the city’s February 28 Madison-Miller Design Workshop was adequately publicized and that attendance did not accurately represent the diversity of opinions in our community on these issues. The post-meeting “Summary” and “Map” did not accurately reflect the discussions at our tables or the written input attendees provided to session facilitators.  

We recognize that there is a crisis of affordable housing and the need for new solutions. We embrace the move toward increased density, and strongly believe that we can achieve the proposed 2035 density goals in a way that retains the character and fabric of our neighborhood, while keeping affordable units – and our diversity – within our RUV boundaries.

We submit the following Guiding Principles and attached Alternate Proposal Rezoning Map. We prepared these based on the feedback received in the February 15 community workshop and since. They were approved at the Madison-Miller Community group meeting May 10, 2017.  We request that these Principles and Map be submitted to all applicable departments and to the Seattle City Council. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these further. 

The Madison Miller Community

Attachments: (Download)

Madison-Miller Community – Guiding Principles for HALA Planning

The Madison Miller Residential Urban Village (RUV) supports housing affordability, increased density and livability. We are and always have been a working-middle-class community. Madison-Miller is more diverse in race, income and age than Seattle as a whole. Retired empty nesters are neighbors to families with school-age children; university students live next door to young professionals. We are also diverse in housing: a mix of owner-occupied homes, rental homes, townhouses, attached rental units, duplexes, triplexes, condominiums and apartment buildings. Design standards of these buildings blend to create the neighborhood’s valued, sustainable character. We reflect what an urban neighborhood near transit should be.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

Wednesday May 24, 2017 6:30-8 PM Holy Names Academy 728 21st Ave E Seattle 98112
Miller Park Neighbors community meeting to discuss Principles, Alternative Proposal to HALA, neighborhood outreach.... (agenda will be available soon)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Miller Park Community Meeting Agenda - May 10, 2017

Miller Park Community Meeting
May 10, 2017. 6:30pm Holy Names

1.      Introductions and Overview (Dara Ayres, Co-Chair) 15 min
·         Intros all around, sign in sheet
·         Announcement re: leadership roles
·         Review of meeting agenda, goals and decision-making structure

2.      Guiding Principles (aka Talking Points) and Updated Map  (Paul Neal and Debrah Walker) 25 minutes
·         Review changes, questions, feedback
·         Vote on guiding principles and map, ask permission to send letter to City

3.      Community Survey (Brian Murphy and Greg Walton) 10 minutes
·         Share work to date, how data will be used, timeline, help needed

4.      Outreach and Collaboration (Dara Ayres and Jack Thompson) 15 min
·         Update on cross-neighborhood collaboration, including EIS process and Mayoral race

5.      Strategies and Next Steps (Dara Ayres, all) 20+ min
·         Actions needed…
·         HALA Open House next Tuesday, May 16, 6-8pm Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

·         Set next meeting date

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cayton Corner Park seeks your support

The GiveBig Campaign is occurring May 10, 2017 and we are currently looking for funds to support the Cayton Corner Park project.  We have been getting Dept of Neighborhood grants for the design process and we are still tweaking the design.  We hope to apply for a Department of Neighborhoods larger grant and would really appreciate people donating so we can show community support.  The Park is located at the corner of 19th Avenue and Madison and would help to bring more green space into the Miller Park Urban Center.  We need of more volunteers and meet monthly either at the Chop Shop at 20th and Union or Miller Park Community Center.  People can keep updated on the project on our Facebook page:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Points For discussion at Wednesday May 3 Meeting

Miller Park Livability – Guiding Principles for Planning v2


Miller Park Neighbors embraces the stated goals of HALA to create more affordable housing and meet the housing needs of our growing city. We support a plan for increased density that:
1)      Maintains or improves the affordability of our neighborhood and diversity of our housing stock while prioritizing family housing over luxury condominiums and micro-housing.

a.      Current housing stock consists of single-family homes, older affordable apartments and condos, new townhomes and apartments, Seattle Housing Authority properties, Capitol Hill Housing properties, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) – allowing for a wide variety of people to enjoy in-city living. This diversity of housing types scale to each other, maintaining the attractiveness and livability of the area.
b.      Providing development opportunities without guidelines for the type of housing needed for the long-term is short-sighted. We may lose the exact type of housing we will need when younger residents desire to have a family in a few years. We could be left with a glut of housing that isn’t conducive to these families because the City didn’t require construction of enough 3+ bedroom units with access to outdoor space. The result will be even higher prices for family housing and a flight of families to the suburbs, which will exacerbate our region’s transportation issues.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Miller Neighborhood Group Meeting: Wednesday May 3rd

for a map summarizing the ideas generated at the HALA meeting at Miller)

Miller Park Neighbors Community Meeting
Wednesday May 3, 2017   6:30pm  Holy Names Academy

Chair; Elaine Nonneman 
I. Review of Agenda and Procedures. Sign Ins. Introduction of Steering Committee members. (General Introductions ?)

Co-Chair; Debrah Walker  General HALA Information Updates. 
II. Report back from subcommittees;
RPZ  - Tami Broadhead and others

Community Associations- Dara Ayres, Jack Thompson, Greg Walton
Historic Seattle- Paul Neal, Jeri Schneider
Allied Arts-Judith Bader, Jack Baker

III. Talking points: Erin Moyer, Brian Murphy, Barbara Dallman, Jason Barber

IV. Next Steps: Debrah Walker

Friday, April 21, 2017

Madison-Miller City Workshop Report

Thank you for your attendance at the workshop held earlier this year in Madison-Miller! The notes and presentation from that workshop have been posted at

I would appreciate if you took a moment to fill out a brief post-workshop survey by clicking here to give the city and the facilitation team feedback to evaluate, improve, and direct potential future outreach strategies.

As a reminder, there are a number of ways to stay engaged with this process including:
·         Going to HALA.Consider.It (a guide to provide comment on that form is attached)
·         Call the HALA Hotline: (206) 743-6612
·         Attend the upcoming open house for the Central Neighborhoods on May 16th, 2017 from 6:00PM-8:00PM
o   At Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, SEATTLE, WA 98122
·         Stay up to date on upcoming meetings at &
·         Stay tuned for the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, expected in May
·         You can also send comments or questions to HALAinfo@Seattle.Gov

All the best, 

Spencer Williams, AICP, Assoc. AIA
Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Johnson-District 4
O: (206) 684-8168
C: (206) 384-2709

Monday, April 17, 2017

Miller Neighborhood Group meeting: Weds April 19th.

Hello neighbors,
Wednesday April 19th will be our next meeting, 6:30 pm, in the library at Holy Names Academy. Ring the doorbell at the main Holy Names Academy entrance on 21st Ave. E.

I. Introductions all around and review of the meetings agenda and goals.  Debrah Walker 
II. Miller neighborhood Group.  Andrew Taylor (and Thomas Whittermore, Department of Neighborhoods) 
A. Chairperson: Elaine Nonneman  has volunteered to become Chairperson
B. Vice-Chair or Co-Chair:  TBD
C. Secretary (maybe treasurer?):  Gayle Thompson with Nancy Duck-Jefferson as a back up  
D. Webmaster: TBD
III. Residential Parking Zone: Tami Broadhead
Others who have expressed interest in this issue include; Janet Woodward, Anne-Marie Lowe, and Taylor Koch
IV. Outreach:
A. Historic Seattle: Paul Neal and Jeri Schneider
B. Allied Arts: Judith Bader and Jack Baker (they are out of town this week)
C. Meany School, Miller Park, Businesses  TBD
D. Ideas about other groups to align with?
V. Monitoring HALA web Site and EIS: Lauren Swift.
Others who have expressed interest in this issue include; Harwell LeMoyne
VI. Strategies. . 
A. Summary.  Debrah Walker 
a. HALA Process 
b. Livability; density, scale, parking
c. Affordability and Displacement
B. Open discussion. 
C. Action Items. Assignments
VII. Next meeting; Week of May 1st?

See you Wednesday night.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Neighborhood organizing meeting soon

Looks like Wednesday April 19th will be our next meeting. I’m waiting to get final confirmation on date and time from HNA but until you hear otherwise this is the date. 

I want to push things along so I’m emailing to ask individuals if there are areas, aka committees, you are willing to lead. I’m hoping these tasks can be a short term, as in a several month, concentrated effort. 

Miller Neighbors Group
Chair, Vice-Chair or 2 Co-Chairs  (I think the chair person is a spokesperson for the neighborhood and can play a time limited role, I do not want to be this person)

Recoding secretary (just to record meetings) and treasurer (money needs will presumably be light, so treasurer should be a light task)

Webmaster blogger? Some one who can update posts on the Miller and Capitol Hill blogs and perhaps set up a Facebook page (other?)

Committee Chairperson’s:

1. Residential Parking Zone

2. Group Coordination & Strategy :  (I see this as my role)

3. Outreach - Alliances :
A. Historic Preservation and Historic Seattle
B. Allied Arts
C. Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
D. Meany School- Miller Park, local businesses
E. Other Groups?

4. Monitoring the city’s official HALA Web Site and Outreach effort. Keep track of EIS progress, important dates.

Even if you cannot attend the meeting on the 19th please take a chairmanship or become a Miller Neighborhood Group officer so we can get this going ASAP.  If we have these roles assigned we can spend our limited time on the 19th strategizing and come away with action items. I can’t stress enough that if we will have any impact we need to move fast and in a concentrated-focused way. I think we will then need to meet on a bi-weekly basis to report in to each other and refine our efforts. 

Many Thanks,

Pothole Palooza Kicks off in Seattle

SEATTLE – Seattle is kicking off Pothole Palooza on Monday, April 17, a campaign to aggressively repair potholes across the city. Beginning today, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is asking community members to report neighborhood potholes so we can map them out as our Pothole Rangers move throughout the city.

There are three ways to report potholes:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts.

“We recognize that residents have been patient through a tough winter that’s resulted in an increased number of potholes and we want them to know that we’re listening when they report them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “You've told us where they are, and we are marshaling our resources to fill them.”

Potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and vehicle traffic. During winter months, water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract causing the pavement to sink down and break. Many streets, particularly in the outer areas of the city, have a very poor underlying structure, or sub base, which reacts poorly to these conditions. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

Seattle has had an extremely wet and cold 2016-2017 winter season. Residents typically see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. February and March are when we see the highest numbers of potholes. This past February was the wettest we have experienced in thirty years. For more information about potholes, please visit:

image001.jpgSue Romero
Senior Public Relations Specialist

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ongoing Miller Neighborhood efforts

1) Longtime Miller neighbor Debrah Walker recently volunteered to organize our ongoing efforts. See her letter below.

2) Assorted other neighbors have volunteered to help in the efforts. Please contact me ( to volunteer, and I'll connect you with Debrah.

3) Debrah asked for my help wth formalizing the neighborhood group:
To get this going again I agree with Andrew that we will need to formalize “Miller Park Neighbors” because we need to be an identifiable group that represents neighborhood wishes. We will need to elect officers and approve bylaws.  Andrew, can you lead us through this process?
4) I contacted the City Department of Neighborhoods for assistance, and they connected me with Thomas Whittermore. I've worked with him before and found him to be both hardworking and very competent. He will be a great asset to us. I'm meeting with him this Friday. Please let me know if there are any specific issues I should bring up.

5) Portland has a great set of resources for neighborhood group, including sample bylaws.

6) BTW the Capitol Hill Blog is going on sabbatical  so we're going to need a more active blog here to share information. Anyone like to help Jonathan and me?

I look forward to helping us revive our neighborhood association,

Andrew Taylor.

********************** Letter from Debrah Walker *************************

Since I’m not hearing anyone else step forward, I will volunteer on a limited basis to organize a neighborhood effort. Because I’m self employed and swamped with work I’m very hesitant to take on a leadership role. I’ve put in years and I’ve allowed projects to take over too much of my time in the past. I can’t afford to have that  happen at this stage in my life.   I will do this only  IF others will also step forward and commit to specific tasks that, as a group we identify, need to be pursued.

I believe the concerns about HALA come down to the anticipated impacts that will take away the livability of this neighborhood. I would like us to get together again to develop the Miller Neighborhood’s strategies going forward. I think we need to formally identify concerns, possible solutions, and also show how this neighborhood can meet the density and affordability goals put out by HALA but in a way that doesn't sacrifice what is valuable about Miller. When the Environmental Impact Study for Miller-Madison is released we need to be ready to review and respond. To have an effective voice in this we need to be organized and ready.

Gail, do you think we could meet at Holy Name again? Would you be willing to set up a meeting in the Holy Name library?

Here are my thoughts about next steps;

1.  To get this going again I agree with Andrew that we will need to formalize “Miller Park Neighbors” because we need to be an identifiable group that represents neighborhood wishes. We will need to elect officers and approve bylaws.  Andrew, can you lead us through this process?

2. I think we need to identifying what is important to save, do our own survey of what makes the fabric of the Miller neighborhood. What makes it memorable.  Then try to figure out what tools we can find to protect what we think is important.  

3. Approach Sarah Sodt, the City Historic Preservation Officer from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods to see if we can do a walk through the neighborhood with her. She will be participating in the EIS.

4. Maybe approach the mayor and a few city councilmen and see if they will do a walk through the neighborhood with us?

5. Is someone willing to go to Allied Arts of Seattle, the "Grow Gracefully Campaign “ meetings?  At the Historic Seattle meeting I attended, Jonathan Konkol from  this group spoke. Basically they are advocating for the Livability part of HALA.  He made great points and  was very knowledgeable  and articulate.  He does a great job of advocating for all sides and I think that group could help us with strategies. 

6. Apply for Residential Parking Zone and begin that process. I see this as one of the few ways we can minimize current and proposed impacts. This needs someone to head up and delegate the effort. This needs to begin ASAP
7. Press? 

I will be out of town from this Wednesday until April 4th, but will be available after that. 


P.S. Feel free to forward this on to any other neighbors who would be interested

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ongoing Miller Neighborhood HALA related efforts?

The big question, IMHO, is whether anyone is going to lead the HALA related efforts in our neighborhood that many are eager to help with.

I shared this link recently with the core group of people who organized the neighbors' meeting at Holy Names:

It attract some interest and discussion and I further noted:

I am not aware of any ongoing organizing efforts by the Miller neighborhood group after the Holy Names meeting and the City-run meeting at Miller CC.
I fear that the longer people wait, the harder it will be to maintain any momentum/enthusiasm.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Assorted links / surveys /meetings

Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit website now has a live section for your comments:

23rd Avenue corridor news:


Capitol Hill Times article about recent HALA upzoning meeting at Miller:

Capitol Hill Blog article about our neighborhood meeting at Holy Names:


Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
March 11 or 14th,   
2nd Workshop on HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

– Understanding the details of the Proposed Zoning and Land Use Changes under MHA.

The Seattle Neighborhood Coalition in conjunction with the City Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Planning and Land Use Committee are pleased to announce their second Workshop on the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA).   Two dates are planned.
The goal for the second workshop is to educate participants in how to do their own evaluation of the MHA changes to their neighborhood so that they can craft their own message and explain in detail how the changes will affect their community.
Times, dates, places, signup for the meetings on their website:

City of Seattle Housing Affordability (HALA) website:

Register on their interactive website ( ) via the log-in [top right] and share all your views with the City.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Assorted neighbor-generated ideas for Tuesday's HALA meeting

(First here's the Capitol Hill Blog view and a link to Tuesday's meeting info and the OFFICIAL meeting announcement)

1) Here is Debrah Walker's large annotated version of the Madison-Miller zoning map. Download and enlarge to read the handwritten annotations. She'll have copes at the meeting tomorrow. She writes:

I’m attaching text photo of a map I’ve modified with hand written notes about the increase of density in the Miller-Madison Urban Village that I plan to bring to the meeting tomorrow night. It illustrates that this Urban Village has already met the stated HALA density goals. It shows the location of new housing units that have been built since 2015, that are currently under construction, or are in the permitting process.  I’ve included a map from the building department showing current permitted projects, the HALA chart stating the 2035 housing increase goal, and a summary.   It’s information both for the presenters and for neighbors and I will include this summary and my written responses to the MHA principles to attach to the comment form. I’m attaching these as well.

One request that I would encourage others to make (insist on) is that the Environmental Impact Study for Miller-Madison be postponed until 2018 and after Meany Middle School is back in its building and the 543 housing units south of E. John are completed and occupied. We won’t know the impacts of these population increases until then. An EIS completed by the end of June, 2017 will not reflect the reality of impacts this neighborhood is facing.

2) A letter to City Council from Miller neighbors Jack Baker and Judith Bader

3) A letter from Miller neighbor Suzanne Lasser, detailing resources they found useful in their upzoning fight.

4) Debrah Walker's "Principles for MHA Implementation" document - a detailed discussion with local numbers and a ONE PAGE SUMMARY of the arguments.

5) Lauren Swift's large map with suggested modifications. She writes:
Attached is a map of the area with my commentary on how the rezoning proposal should be adjusted. I plan to bring it to the meeting tomorrow night and attach it to a comment form and the work group maps. If you would like one, I will have a few copies, or you can print it off. This, of course, is my thinking, and you may not agree with all of it. At any rate, use what is helpful, and ignore what is not.

(Access to all the linked files is HERE)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Feb 15 Miller Park Neighbors meeting report

Where the ~ 132 meeting participants came from 
(NOTE : 200 people have signed up for the 6PM February 28th Madison-Miller Urban Village Community Design Workshop at Miller Community Center. There's lots of good information about  Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) on the Wallingford Community Council website)

(See also the Capitol Hill blog meeting report, with lots of comments and comments on our previous post).

Miller Park Neighbors
Miller Park Livability – Guiding Principles for Planning 

Discussion from 2/15/2017 Meeting

(Discussion from break out groups is in blue)
Miller Park today is a diverse, affordable, livable community. We support a plan for increased density that promotes the following Principles for Planning.
Define diverse
·      diverse in types of housing (single family historic architecture, old apartments/condos, new town homes, Seattle Housing Authority scattered site housing, Capitol Hill Housing)
·      age

Friday, February 10, 2017

Join Your Neighbors to Protect Miller Park Neighborhood!


6:45 PM, Holy Names Academy Auditorium, 728 21st Ave E, Seattle 

The City is planning significant zoning changes
Your Help is Needed to Shape Those Changes 

As part of the City of Seattle's HALA & the Mandatory Housing Affordability program, the City proposes to rezone ALL Single Family areas to Multi-family in & near Urban Villages (see map hereand to add 10 FEET to the height limit in  ALL the multifamily areas (apartments, townhouses  and condos in the NC and LR areas between Madison and John).

We need to organize as a neighborhood to develop a balanced plan that:
Preserves Neighborhood Character
Encourages Diversity and 
Truly Supports Affordable Housing Goals

Our Neighborhood currently exemplifies what an Urban Residential Village (URV) should be.  The proposed rezoning promises to make all streets in the urban village look like this:

Join Your Neighbors to Protect Your Community

at Miller Park Neighborhood Meeting, February 15, 

7:00  pm, Holy Names Auditorium, 728 21 Ave E.

At this meeting, we will:

  • Review the City’s draft proposal
  • Establish guiding principles for the neighborhood 
  • Discuss concerns
  • Prepare for City’s 2/28 Miller Park Neighborhood Workshop at Miller Community Center, a critical meeting, where we will voice our collective concerns & present our alternatives.   

It’s not too late to stop these drastic changes, but we must join together to succeed.

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