The June 27 public hearing on the Seattle 2035 Comp Plan featured eloquent commentary by people from many neighborhoods and from all walks of life. We are transcribing and publishing some of these comments.
Council, the plan needs to be changed, in my opinion, to retain the ability of citizens to have a meaningful say about the city that they’re going to live in.
As written, this plan is an act of arrogation by which the Mayor takes for himself, and for the City Council, and for bureaucrats the rights that citizens have fought for and enjoyed for many years, and that they should retain.
In this legislation, gone are the protections of neighborhood plans devised by the people who live in those neighborhoods – your fellow citizens. Gone are protections for the environment created by citizens to enhance the livability of the city. Gone are protections for the unique nature of individual neighborhoods and the citizens who make them unique.
In place of these protections, and meaningful citizen input, are: upzones by fiat; upzones by the whim of Metro without any requirement for consultation with people who live in the affected areas; elimination of requirements that affordable housing be preserved for the people who live in that housing.
This surrender of rights may strike some as a fine thing – if you think you’re getting what you want. But it doesn’t take much imagination to realize that the day may come when, based on this legislation, the City will come to you and say:
“We’re sorry you like where you live, but you have no say in what the changes are that we are going to make, and how we will make them, and your life is going to change. You gave up those rights in 2016.”
> In this video, at time index 50:29.