The neighborhood just to the east of Miller Park (the Prentis Frazier neighborhood, around Frazier Park) is very upset by a developer's plans to develop several adjacent overgrown empty lots: see his website for his view, and the Stranger's blog for a quick summary. (and don't forget the CHS: Capitol Hill Seattle blog post)
They are seeking our support for their position: I have prepared an online survey (based on the Madison Valley neighborhood resolution, below) and invite you to use it, so that MPNA can give them a reasoned reply.
Survey location: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=392783251968
John Potter from their group writes (edited from several messages):
We are in the process of forming a neighborhood association on the other side of 23rd, Frazier Park Neighborhood Assn. that will include the area from 23rd Ave to the Arboretum, north of E. Madison to E. Helen St.
We also mentioned the proposed condominium development in our neighborhood (proposed rezone from SF5000 to L-1/L-3) and wondered if we could get support from the Miller Park Neighborhood Assn. Below is a resolution that was approved by the Madison Valley Community Council.
The rezone represents a significant precedent setting boundary change from the Comprehensive Plan. We are hoping to get a large turnout at the Early Design Guidance Meeting that will educate all the neighbors about the 11 condominiums going into 3 vacant lots. The DPD meeting we encourage people to attend is:
Wed Feb 7 6:30 pm Seattle Central Community College Room 3211, Project: 3004806 - EDG Address: 305 24th Ave E Planner: Michael Dorcy
We will be taking a petition around after the meeting and would like to get support from both sides of the village boundary. If you identify anyone interested in helping, please refer them to me, John Potter, email@example.com
(Explanatory links added by Andrew)
At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 17, 2007, the Greater Madison Valley Community Council adopted the following resolution:
Be It Resolved That:
1. We fully support the City's comprehensive Plan, the need for densification, and the Concept of Urban Villages
2. We embrace Green Building concepts and designs
3. Existing zoning intentionally constructs a high-density corridor along E. Madison Street, which we support.
4. The long-standing boundary between this high-density corridor and the surrounding residential zoning should be respected.
5. 24th Ave is a great "family friendly" neighborhood with lots of long term residents.
6. The proposed development at E. Thomas and 24th Ave. will degrade the long-term family oriented quality of the neighborhood.
7. We believe there are sites for this project available within the Urban Village boundary.
In conclusion, we feel the development is inappropriate and the requested zoning change of the proposed Miller Greens Re-Zone at 305 24th Avenue East (DPD Project #3004806) should be denied.
Notes by Andrew:
The neighbors are trying to protect the single-family nature of their neighborhood, while our City is trying to increase the density of housing in Seattle. All the new, higher density, housing is going into the multifamily zoned areas, but most of Seattle's area is tied up in single-family zoned area
Look at this zoning map of Seattle: click on it for a bigger view.
Blue is industrial: little or no housing
Light tan is single family housing.
Other colors are neighborhood commercial ( expect housing above stores), or multifamily housing (apartments, condos, townhouses, interspersed with older housing).
NOTE how little area is available for the desired increased housing density: most of it is set aside for single family housing- the light tan areas.
Seattle has tried several ways to increase the density of single-family zones, which have been vigorously opposed by single-family neighborhoods in some parts of the city (but supported by others). So the question, in my mind, is whether we can afford to continue to protect single family housing against all intrusions?
Thanks for listening, now please VOTE