The June 27 public hearing on the Seattle 2035 Comp Plan featured eloquent commentary by people from many neighborhoods and from all walks of life. We are transcribing and publishing some of these comments.
The texts of the Comp Plan sections David refers to are included below his remarks. Click “Reveal,” below, then click the numbers to jump to the text. “LU” means “Land Use Element” and “UVG” means “Urban Village Element.”
These eliminate many of the essential elements that protect Seattle citizens and neighborhoods.
Affordability: The proposed plan deletes [current section] LU-11, which says “In order to retain existing affordable housing, to discourage the demolition of residences and displacement of residents.” That’s being eliminated, and already we have displacement that’s caused by demolition of older buildings in which many low-income, special needs, immigrant, and refugee populations have been living and been displaced.
Neighborhood Plans: [The proposed plan] deletes LU-5, LU-75, LU-164, and UVG-10 which says “to collaborate with the community in planning for the future.” If we do not collaborate with the community in planning for the future, we lose what’s important in our neighborhoods. It affects people’s daily lives in the neighborhoods which people live in.
Growth Targets: We’ve eliminated the growth targets. Before, we had to stop redevelopment in those areas [that exceeded their growth targets]. Ballard already has more than 400% of their 2024 targets. The U-District has about 125%. Many other neighborhoods have much more.
Sustainability: This astounds me! The sub-title for all the previous plans has been “For a Sustainable Seattle.” And I cannot believe that the current Comprehensive Plan eliminates everything having to do with sustainability.
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