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.
I’m a 28-year resident of Council District #4. I represent the Livable U-District Coalition, a true grassroots, ad hoc, coalition of renters, homeowners, small businesses, organizations, and their supporters, committed to preserving both the livability and affordability of the U-District.
The Livable U-District Coalition urges the Council to suspend action on Seattle 2035. Rethink and re-work the policy direction it contains, and tackle First Things First!
Serious livability problems exist in the U-District right now, and Seattle 2035 lacks the teeth to address these problems. The City has failed to live up to the guidelines contained in the original 1994 Comp Plan, and the intent of the Growth Management Act that infrastructure should keep pace with growth.
It is mystifying and inexcusable that Seattle has not adopted a framework of developer impact fees to help pay for providing better streets, schools, open spaces, and public services. This is a first priority to ensure that developers pay their fair share of the costs of growth.
Seattle must preserve the natural environment, such as publicly controlled open spaces, street trees, and playfields. Seattle 2035 abandons the goal of establishing one acre of open space for every 100 residents. Instead, it seeks “new strategies.” But just think: How many parks could have been acquired or improved if only Seattle had been imposing open-space impact fees for the past 20 years?
A draft U-District upzone ordinance is poised for Council adoption after Seattle 2035 is approved. But massive rezoning before putting in place necessary infrastructure and livability measures layers greater density over existing problems, making them harder to solve.
The Livable U-District Coalition opposes adoption of Seattle 2035.
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