Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

Important Housing Information for Seattle Neighborhoods

2015 HALA Report

2015 HALA Report

The Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) report is a very long and complex report which will help determine how Seattle works to resolve the very real problem of housing affordability and livability for years to come.

As residents of Seattle, we feel it is vital that everyone read and familiarize themselves with this report. To assist you, we are including both the HALA Report itself, as well as the Mayor’s Action Plan on how the city should proceed. Click the document thumbnails to download each PDF.

Mayor Murray's Action Plan

Mayor Murray’s Action Plan

In order to help attenuate fears and concerns regarding the HALA report, The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA), Lake City Future First (LCFF), and North District Council (NDC) will be co-hosting a HALA workshop on Saturday August 1st to educate North Seattle residents as well as gather local input about the recommendations being made.

We ask that anyone attending the workshop read the HALA report beforehand.

There will be no copies available at the workshop.

Everyone in the Lake City neighborhoods is invited to attend. Our plan is to discuss what the report’s recommendations would mean for Lake City and then to summarize our issues in a letter to the Mayor, Council, and HALA Co-Chairs. We are not attempting to seek unanimous support for any recommendation but rather to convey Lake City’s support and/or opposition and/or concerns in five areas:

  1. How-to achieve the Mayor’s stated goal of 20,000 affordable units over the next 10 years;
  2. Housing (and small business) displacement;
  3. Proposed single-family zoning changes;
  4. Proposed development/construction requirement changes;
  5. Infrastructure requirements for livability.

We will have coffee available at 8:30 am, and the workshop from 9 am to 12 noon. There will be brief introductions to the workshop and to the 5 topic areas, followed by 5 small-group discussions. There will be time for everyone to attend two of the 5 small-group discussions of choice. Discussion leaders will summarize each discussion topic for the large group. That content will be what is sent by LCNA to the Mayor and others on behalf of Lake City. We are encouraging each neighborhood organization and all individuals to write letters as well.

All are welcome. Please share this invitation with anyone in the Lake City Neighborhoods.

The workshop will be Saturday August 1st, 8:30 am to 12 noon at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave NE in the downstairs, ADA-accessible meeting room. Yes, this notification is short, and the meeting is scheduled on SeaFair weekend. We hope as many people as possible will come. RSVPs might be helpful but not necessary. Come if you can.

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  • Sarajane Siegfriedt says:

    “Infrastructure requirements for livability” is too narrow. We need a working definition of livability. The only definition of livability in the HALA report is “within a 10-minute walkshed of transit.” We should decide if this is part of our definition by simple vote or 80% consensus. Then we can make a list. A broader urban tree canopy is one, but doesn’t involve infrastructure. That’s why I think the word infrastructure should be removed. This one section could work by consensus. This could become the lead on a press release that would give us a unique perspective and some good exposure.

    July 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

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