November 9, 2017 // Issue 31
City Releases Preferred Mapping Alternative for Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA FEIS)
Mayor Tim Burgess and Councilmember Rob Johnson proposed a plan to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements on new development across Seattle that will meet the City’s goal of at least 6,000 new rent-restricted homes for low-income people over the next decade.

“Today we continue our push to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis,” said Burgess. “With this plan, we will extend our requirement that new developments contribute to Seattle’s affordable housing supply. We’ve already implemented this requirement in the University District, downtown, and elsewhere. Now it’s time to bring this requirement to other high-opportunity neighborhoods so that we can hasten our progress in building a more inclusive and equitable city.” Read more...

Comprehensive Plan Amendments to support the implementation of MHA
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.

Do you want to inform what these amendments say?  Below are ways to make your voice heard.

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. 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. 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.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Public Comment Extended
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.
Neighborhoods involved: CITYWIDE.
Deadline: November 16

Here are the ways that you can share your ideas and comments:

By email to
By mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff
                   PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025

For more information, visit
Jesseca Brand 
Seattle Neighborhoods
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