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Call to Action!  Urge councilmembers to withdraw three residential blocks tacked on at the last minute from the Upzone.

Ask Councilmembers (contact info below) to: 

Please support the Herbold/O'Brien amendment to CB 118914* (formerly CB 118862) to remove from upzone the 3 blocks of Low-rise 3 tacked on at the last minute - north of 50th to 52nd and 11th to Brooklyn - containing 175 existing low income and affordable units. Upzoning these 3 blocks to MR (M1) as part of a Mandatory Housing and Affordability (MHA) requirement for the “Core” upzone would replace only a tiny fraction of what we'd lose: It causes, not relieves, our housing crisis.

This amendment has passed through PLUZ and is now in the bill going forward to full council:

Councilmember Johnson proposes amendment to upzone residential blocks north of 50th to 52nd adding to the upzoning of the U District’s “Core”

(click to read)

The Johnson amendment passed PLUZ Committee on February 7th and the upzone moves on to full Council.

Councilmember Herbold reports:

Remove the rezone to midrise between NE 50th Street and NE 52ndStreet, maintain low rise zoning. The Mayor’s proposal did not recommend changing the zoning in this area. I support this because: (a) This location is very dense with buildings that are affordable to renters, (b) there are not many underutilized or vacant lots in the area, meaning that increasing the development capacity may make redevelopment of existing apartments in this area more likely, which could result in the displacement of low income renters and loss of affordable units.  This amendment failed 3-4 in Committee.  Because it may impact 175 units of existing rental housing, I am considering bringing it back for a Full Council vote. 

*Why a new number? In order to add amendments wanted by the UW (such as loading zones) and some other last minute code changes that were not in the original bill, it required adding new code sections to the long list of code sections at the beginning of the bill and technically made CB 118862 a new bill, hence a new number.

Proposed MR (M1) UDistrict upzone Brooklyn - 11th:  

MapProposed Rezone _Brooklyn to 11th_ from LR3 to MR (M1)

Pictures 1199 NE 52nd toward 12th NE Proposed MR upzone  

5037 11th NE toward 52nd_Proposed MR upzone 

 5130 Brooklyn NE_ Proposed MR upzone 

Aerial view Brooklyn NE_NE 11th Proposed MR upzone


Support our local small businesses!

Consider signing this letter today if you care about the U District's small businesses, and small businesses throughout Seattle. Written by the U District Small Businesses.
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Website: http://www.udistrict.biz/revise < people can sign up to support here
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What's next?

If it chooses not to heed the community’s call for a delay in adopting the Upzone, the PLUZ Committee may vote on amendments and refer CB 118862 to the full council for passage shortly thereafter their meeting on February 7th. 

U District Upzone considered by Full Council Tuesday, February 21

Write, Call - Now

Tuesday, February 21st!
2:00 PM:
 Meeting info

Wear green and be seen!

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Resources: see also sidebar on homepage

CB118862 Central Staff Memo, Potential Amendments, February 2, 2017

CB118862 Central Staff Memo, PotentialAmendments, January 2017

LUD Comments to PLUZ on CB118862 -U District Upzone January 19, 2017.pdf

LUD proposed Amendments for CB118862 UD upzone, January 6, 2017

First Things First: Address These Concerns Before an Upzone for the U District

You Need to Stand Up and Be Vocal


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City’s plan to cover U District with 240’-320’ highrises moves forward


The Proposed U District Up-zone Ordinance is one of many inter-related pieces of legislation that will affect the livability of our community

The U is for Sacrifice


Who to contact and How

Mayor Ed Murray

Email: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor 

Write the Mayor: 600 Fourth Avenue, 7th floor, P.O. Box 94749, Seattle, WA 98124-4749, or by fax at 206-684-5360.


Send your views to the nine City Councilmembers. Its best to email them individually, rather than by a group e-mail or letter.

Rob Johnson, District 4 (that's U District!) rob.johnson@seattle.gov

Lisa Herbold, District 1 lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

Bruce Harrell, District 2 bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

Kshama Sawant, District 3 kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

Debora Juarez, District 5 Debora.juarez@seattle.gov

Mike O'Brien, District 6 mike.obrien@seattle.gov

Sally Bagshaw, District 7 sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

Tim Burgess, Position 8 tim.burgess@seattle.gov

Lorena Gonzalez, Position 9 lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

More: http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council


Mail the City Councilmembers: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd floor, P.O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025,

Fax to 206-684-8587.

Livable Ballard has great tips:  http://livableballard.org/can

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