Last night, we continued the conversation about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).
At the meeting we moved beyond the basics of MHA and upzoing, and focused in on the Livability aspect of HALA. Community members shared what they love about our community and why they choose to live here.
We then shifted focus on what we need as a community in order for the Livability aspect of HALA to be fulfilled. Some of the ideas expressed included:
- The need for the City to consider how members in our community will able to age in place.
- The need to mitigate displacement and maintain our diversity.
- The need to encourage and retain small businesses and services in a growing community.
- The need to improve pedestrian safety.
- The need for carefully planned cross-connection and interconnection of public transit lines.
- The need for equal access to public green space, preservation of existing trees and cultivation of new tree canopies.
- The need to recognize topography as a factor in development planning.
- The need to recognize the social-economic challenges of our area and develop the opportunities to build equity in ownership, not just create a dense renter only community.
- The need for a hospital, schools, and similar capital infrastructure investments to support density throughout West Seattle.
- The need to recognize, restore and preserve the dwindling environmental assets throughout West Seattle..
- …and much more
Lastly, we recapped the calls the action for all residents and active community members to express their concerns, as well as hopes for future development to the City. They are as follows:
Your Voice Counts!
Here are some steps you can take in order to make your voice heard:
View and download the HALA draft map, proposed up-zone building specifications, community workshop deck and other support resources here: Bit.ly/HALA2016
Tell Your Story:
Write to the City, our District Council Rep and the Mayor.
Tell them where you live, why you love your community, what your concerns are about HALA, and, what our community needs to achieve true Affordability and Livability.
HALA : HALAinfo@seattle.gov
D1 Rep Lisa Herbold: Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov
Mayor Ed Murray: http:// http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor
Fill out the (basic) online Survey: https://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft%20zoning%20changes
Show Up and Be Counted:
Attend the West Seattle Open House.
Weds Dec 7th from 5:30-7:30pm
Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery
4752 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
City’s Event Description:
Come join us for casual conversation around proposed changes to your neighborhood to generate more affordable housing, improve transportation services, and parks investments. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome.
We will be sharing the following Urban Village maps:
– Admiral Junction
– Morgan Junction
– Highland Park
– Westwood Village
– South Park