Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Madison-Miller Park Community Meeting

Wednesday June 21, 2017 6:30 PM Holy Names Academy


1.      Introductions and Overview  (Elaine Nonneman, Co-Chair)  10 min
·         Sign-in sheet; intros all around
·         Comments from zone captains on flyer distribution effort

2.       Community RPZ and density survey  (Brian Murphy and Greg Walton)  20 min
·         Preliminary survey responses
·         Plans to process data and submit in response to EIS

3.       EIS Review and response  (Debrah Walker)   30 min
·         Presentation of her and Lauren Swift’s review of EIS
·         Discussion and vote on our official neighborhood response

4.       Lobbying effort with City Council  (Debrah Walker)  20 min
·         Our process leading up to the City Council’s 2018 vote on HALA upzones
·         Discussion of plans pre- and post-elections

5.      Tasks and Goals  (Elaine Nonneman, all)  20 min
·         Actions planned and needed

·         Set next meeting date

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Madison-Miller Park Community Survey

Survey Poster - Click to view more details regarding the survey.

Take the Survey - Click to take the survey.

Neighbors and friends,

We are reaching out today to ask you to participate in a short online survey (less than 10 minutes!) related to BIG changes the City is planning for our neighborhood. 

As you may have heard, the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) calls for dramatically increasing the allowable building height in much of our Madison-Miller Park neighborhood: converting existing single-family areas to multifamily, four-story structures, with no requirements for green space, trees or front and back yards.  

More than 200 of your neighbors have joined together to respond to the City’s HALA plans. Our purpose is to support HALA’s goals for diversity, livability and affordability in a way that maintains the neighborhood’s traditional beauty and character. We recently sent a letter outlining our guiding principles to the City; you can read this letter along with our Guiding Principles and Map with our alternate zoning proposal on our blog at Principles & Alternate Proposal Map. We are also exploring the feasibility of establishing Residential Parking Zones (RPZs) in areas where parking for residents is especially difficult.

To get as broad a perspective as possible, we have constructed a short survey that you can complete on your computer or mobile device. The survey will take ten minutes or less to answer, and is anonymous. The survey has two objectives: 1. To better understand our community’s opinions on density and affordability; 2. Get direct feedback on parking issues on your street and those directly around you.

Please make your voice heard. It’s crucial to clearly understand what our priorities for zoning are as a community. The more voices we have, the more powerful our message will be to the City: changes to our community need to be thoughtful and retain the livability, diversity, and affordability of our neighborhood!

Your opinion matters! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Please do it today. 

Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to as many neighbors as you can.

Thank you,

Your neighbors from the Madison-Miller Park Community group

Thursday, June 8, 2017

City of Seattle Draft Environmental Impact Statement Published

Jason Kelly, OPCD, 206.615.0494  
City evaluates zoning changes for Mandatory Housing Affordability
Public comments on alternatives accepted until July 23

SEATTLE (June 8, 2017) –Today the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Seattles urban villages and other commercial and multifamily residential zones across the city.  

MHA helps ensure that as Seattle grows, development supports affordable housing for low-income families and individuals by either building rent-restricted homes on-site or making a payment to the Seattle Office of Housing. To implement MHA, the City would grant additional development capacity to allow for construction of more market-rate housing and commercial space. More...

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 10 and July 8, 2017 Mayoral Candidate Meetings

Seattle Fair Growth (SFG) and the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition (SNC) are pleased to have two programs dedicated to extended meetings with Seattle Mayoral Candidates.  At each of the June and July meetings we will have one hour individual sessions with 3 different candidates.  The candidates will make opening and closing statements, respond to a few fixed questions from SFG and SNC, then respond to audience questions.
June 10

July 8
*** PLEASE NOTE that the June 10 meeting will start at 1 pm and be at the Black Zone (2301 S Jackson Street, which is at 23rd Ave S and South Jackson St where the Red Apple Market is located).  Black Zone is located in the building just to the west of the Red Apple.  There is plenty of free parking, and the site can be reached by the 8, 14 and 48 bus).  Rather than a breakfast meeting, there will be finger foods and beverages.  Admission will be $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The July 8th meeting returns to our regular location at the The Central (Central Area Senior Center), but will have an 8:30 start time.

Join us at both Mayoral Candidate meetings for what should be informative and detailed conversation with our leading candidates

Wednesday June 21, 2017 6:30-8 PM Holy Names Academy 728 21st Ave E Seattle 98112
Madison-Miller Park Community meeting to discuss HALA Draft EIS and Other issues of neighborhood interest.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Vote June 3 – 30 for your favorite park and street improvements

Seattle residents over 11 years old (over 13 to vote online) can vote for their favorite street improvements:


Background details: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/your-voice-your-choice
You decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget
Ages 11 and up encouraged to vote
From June 3 – June 30, it’s your chance to vote for your favorite park and street improvement projects.
It’s all part of the City of Seattle’s Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets, a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $285,000 is set aside in each City Council District, and residents can cast their ballots for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.
Each council district will have its own ballot with a set of 8-10 projects.  The projects were selected from nearly 900 ideas submitted in February by community members across Seattle. The projects, which can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/yvyc, range from improved intersection crossings to better park accessibility.
Community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at in-person polling stations between June 3-30. Paper ballots are also available at all community centers and libraries. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2018.
Ballots will be tallied after June 30, and winning projects will be announced by July 18. You can find information and voting instructions at www.seattle.gov/yvyc.