The author of the definitive study of Seattle’s Urban Village strategy says HALA undermines that strategy by splashing upzones across the city.
Peter Steinbreuck authored the “Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project” (SSNAP) in 2014 under a contract from the City of Seattle. The study was commissioned to provide baseline data for the consideration of the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Steinbreuck concluded in his report that the Urban Village strategy (established by the 1994 Comp Plan) is working and viable. (See: a short Power Point or the complete report at Steinbreuck’s website.)
The critical tactics of the Urban Village strategy are to concentrate growth – job growth and population growth – in designated areas, and to support that growth with high-capacity transit services. In parallel, four core values are to be preserved: community, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and social equity.