October 12, 2017 // Issue 30
In October 2016, the Seattle City Council approved a major update to this plan which highlighted our vision for greater diversity of housing choices in urban villages and centers (our areas of growth). These changes are helping to tackle our growing housing affordability challenge.

The Comprehensive Plan also carried forward more than 1000 policies from 37 adopted neighborhood plans, many of which were created throughout the 1990s. A handful of these policies restrict the amount and type of housing choices allowed in some urban villages—creating an inconsistency with new citywide policies. The policies also conflict with implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a policy that will provide more affordable housing throughout the city. Modifying these policies to allow greater flexibility is necessary for Seattle to become a more affordable and sustainable city. Here's how you can make your voice heard and learn more.
Gather your neighbors, ideally folks who might have different needs, to share ideas. If none of the proposed options work for you, craft your own policy with guidance from the Helpful Hints section at the end of this document. You are also welcome to use this individually and send us your ideas by December 8, 2017.
Consider.it Online Discussion Platform
You can also engage with your community and the City online by logging in here, reading the options and providing your opinion. Consider.it provides a space for civil dialogue around issues and decisions. We welcome anyone who lives, works or plays in a neighborhood to weigh in on these proposed changes. Comment closes December 8, 2017.

In-person Open Houses
Join us to learn about and discuss what Comprehensive Plan amendments are being proposed by the City of Seattle to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability. Short presentation at 6:30pm, open house before and after.

High Point Community Center
Neighborhoods with proposed amendments:
  • Morgan Junction
  • Mt. Baker/North Rainier
  • West Seattle Junction
  • Westwood Highland Park

Hales Brewery (the Palladium)
Neighborhoods with proposed amendments:
  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Fremont
  • Northgate
  • Roosevelt
  • Wallingford

All are welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.
What's happening right now with MHA?
Incorporating feedback into MHA Draft Maps, Legislation  and the FEIS
Thank you to all of you who have provided thoughts, suggestions, concerns and proposals to improve the Draft MHA Zoning Maps.
 
The Draft EIS received a very high volume of comments from community members and organizations. We now expect to publish the Final EIS in November 2017 will include a preferred alternative for MHA implementation and supplemental analysis on topics including racial equity, and public school enrollment, as well as responses to the 800+ comments received. The Final EIS will include a preferred alternative for MHA implementation and supplemental analysis on topics including racial equity, and public school enrollment, as well as responses to the 800+ comments received.
Inputs to MHA Draft Maps and legislation are  -Community input
• Racial equity analysis
• Environmental Impact Study 
  and community feedback
• Transit investments
• Local context
• Topography and others...
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Open Houses in October
The City of Seattle is asking for ideas on what should be included in the environmental analysis (EIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) program. An ADU is a secondary unit inside, attached to, or in the backyard of your home. We want to help you understand the purpose and process of the EIS and find out what is important to you. This meeting is combined with the Comp Plan Amendments event, so you can cover both issues in one night.
Neighborhoods involved: CITYWIDE.

by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov
by mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025
in person at our two public scoping meetings
For more information, visit seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS.
Jesseca Brand 
Seattle Neighborhoods
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