Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SUBMIT Your Comments to the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

As a community interested in Livability and Affordability, we have

  • REVIEWED the City's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program,
  • GATHERED your input from the community meetings and emails that many of you have submitted, and
  • PREPARED a MAP and RESPONSE to assist you in developing your own response to the City's DEIS.
We encourage you to make your voice heard by preparing and submitting your comments to the City by August 7, 2017.
  • Click MAP and RESPONSE  to view and download these documents,
  • Visit the Historic Seattle blog to view their comments,
  • Either develop your own comments or use what the community group has prepared, and
  • Submit your comments to the City by sending email to MHA.EIS@seattle.gov or by using the City's DEIS Comment Form on their MHA DEIS website. Note that your comments must be entered into the City's form online, so it may be helpful to type them out first and copy and paste them into the form.
Neighbors and friends,

The Madison-Miller Park Community group has been working hard over the past nine months to understand the City's proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), and to provide feedback on the proposed zoning changes for our neighborhood. 

We have one last call to action for you all -- and this one is important! The City's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) came out in June, and the deadline to submit comments is this Monday, August 7. Our community group has drafted an official response to the DEIS, it is attached here as a resource.

Please review our attached response to the MHA DEIS, and send in your own comments/response to MHA.EIS@seattle.gov or submit comments on the DEIS website by Monday, August 7th. Submitting a response is easy -- you can write your own response, or use all or portions of the response we drafted as a community group. Your response can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

Why is this important? The City is required to respond to all DEIS comments, and publish them in the final EIS. We believe a large volume of responses will send a powerful message to the City, and our voices, values, and concerns will be on record. 


The Madison-Miller Park Community Group

Note: As you read our response, please keep in mind the DEIS is an incredibly dense, complex document (over 800 pages including all appendices!) Our response to the City reflects this complexity, and uses their technical language.