HALA REZONING: City gives public 2 extra weeks to comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(WSB video of the entire June 29th hearing, unedited)

Many people asked for a comment-period extension at last week’s public hearing on the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft Environmental Impact Statement (our complete video of the hearing – apparently a rare commodity since the Seattle Channel wasn’t there – is above). Now, the city just announced it’s granting that request, extending the comment period by two weeks:

Today the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) extended the public comment period until August 7 on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Seattle’s urban villages and other commercial and multifamily residential zones across the city.

“Due to a high volume of requests, both online and at a recent public hearing, we are extending the written comment period on this environmental study an additional 15 days,” said OPCD Director Sam Assefa. “While there is broad agreement on the need for more affordable housing across Seattle, these documents are lengthy and complex, and we want to honor these requests for more time for public review.”

The public can provide feedback on the environmental study using this online form or by e-mailing MHA.EIS@Seattle.gov.

The original deadline had been July 23rd.

2 Replies to "HALA REZONING: City gives public 2 extra weeks to comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement"

  • old timer July 6, 2017 (4:42 pm)

    So, they extend the deadlines for “comments” and “feedback”.

    But, guaranteed there will be no meaningful changes made to the “proposed” rules.

    This is all theatre, all for show, expensive workers putting on a grand performance.

    “Fake Participation”.

    The crap is going down as planned.

    • WSGuy July 6, 2017 (9:49 pm)

      Everyone is just getting in position for the lawsuits.  The Pacifica Law Group represents small/mid developers.  They are just waiting for the neighborhood upzones to go into effect so they can launch their lawsuit.  It will strike down the affordability requirements but leave the upzones in place for their clientele and their bulldozers. 

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