Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation and rezones of urban villages citywide are currently scheduled to be debated and voted on in the Seattle City Council. The final vote is scheduled for March, 2019.
Legislation to rezone urban villages is proceeding after a challenge by a coalition of neighborhoods to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) resulted in a November 2018 hearing examiner determination that allows the City to proceed with rezones with minimal additional study.
The City Council will begin debate in January on the urban village rezones citywide, including Crown Hill Urban Village. View the preferred rezone map from the Executive’s office. City Councilmembers will propose amendments (changes) to the Executive’s rezone map and discuss related legislative policies in mid-January and February.
Key Legislative Dates (current Jan. 5th – subject to change)
- Monday, January 14th at 2:30 PM: Amendments to Crown Hill Urban Village maps are scheduled to be presented and discussed at this meeting. We will share CHUV’s amendments when they are available
- Thursday February 21 at 5:30 PM: Public Hearing at City Hall
- Monday, February 25, 2019 2:30pm: Final Amendments / Select MHA Committee Vote
- Monday, March 18th at 2 pm: Final Vote of the full City Council
Neighbors can see the full current legislative schedule and sign up for updates from the City Council’s webpage for the Select Committee on Mandatory Housing Affordability. More information about the legislative schedule and how to contact City Council is available on the CHUV website under Contact City Officials.
CHUV Committee for Smart Growth has continued to communicate recommendations for smart growth with City Council. These recommendations reflect early community feedback from the CHUV neighbors over this three-year process. General recommendations include:
- Concentrate density along arterials to build a vibrant, dense central core in our neighborhood which can encourage more inclusive affordable housing and making better use of space where the current big box stores and empty parking lots offer opportunity for smart growth.
- Minimize upzoning outside of arterials to minimize displacement of our vulnerable neighbors and better match our infrastructure limits, including lack of sidewalks, drainage and flooding problems and other impediments for safe mobility.
- Plan for and invest in significant basic infrastructure and transit investments to accommodate growth.
- Create a more vibrant commercial spaces and a true business district.
We will do our best to continue to publish information as it becomes available, including the amendments proposed for the CHUV rezone maps. Given the tight timeline the City Council has set to proceed, we encourage neighbors to follow the developments in the city council this spring and communicate with Council directly by using the resources available on the Council Select Committee on Housing Affordability webpage.