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.
I’m Constance Knudson, and I live in Olympic Village, just outside the Crown Hill Urban Village Expansion area.
In my opinion, the Mayor’s Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is a developer giveaway. It sacrifices existing affordable housing for expensive buildings and townhomes that displace entire neighborhoods. It leaves middle-income families and those on fixed incomes – seniors like me – vulnerable to the market forces of ever-higher prices and bidding wars.
We all agree that affordable housing must become a reality in Seattle, but before entire neighborhoods are rezoned – or “upzoned” – we must plan for their densities: for transit and infrastructure; prioritize along thoroughfares and in existing commercial zones; link investments in them to new growth.
How does the Mayor’s plan pay for this?
I am grateful to have property to pay taxes on. But right now, property taxes are expected to cover all of it, and developers contribute little or nothing. They pay no fees for transit or infrastructure to offset the impact of their projects, and puny displacement fees in the name of affordable housing.
No, property owners are expected to cover it all, or get a job, or move to another town. I’ve been here all my life, and I’m not leaving.
Please make sure Seattle 2035 links transit and infrastructure investments to planned growth, and protects those who may be forced out of their homes because of the changes.
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