May 10, 2017
TO: HALA Team: Jesseca Brand firstname.lastname@example.org, Brennon Staley Brennon.Staley@seattle.gov, Nick Welch Nicolas.Welch@seattle.gov, Geoff Wentlandt Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov
CC: Sam Assefa Samuel.Assefa@seattle.gov, Lisa Herbold Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov, Rob Johnson Rob.Johnson@seattle.gov, Spencer Williams Spencer.Williams@seattle.gov
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
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.