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.

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