Monday, May 20, 2013

Thursday 5/23/13 Micro-housing Forum

(thanks to Jim Erickson, First Hill, for this message)
To learn what the issue is, you can watch a 3:38 minute video at:
You can also go to Seattle Channel to find the 60 minute show:
City Inside/Out: Micro Housing 5/10/2013
Living options in Seattle are growing even as space is shrinking. Micro-apartments are sprouting up all over the city, even as some neighborhood residents protest what they consider a loophole in land use law. Are developers going too far? Do these compact spaces provide a viable affordable housing alternative? Should the city put a freeze on micro-housing? Hear from developer Jim Potter, Reasonable Density Seattle founder Carl Winter and micro-apartment resident Paul Giuglianotti. In studio, we get perspective from Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council member and chair of its Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee; transit planner Adam Parast; Wallingford activist Greg Hill; and Capitol Hill activist Dennis Saxman. We put micro-housing under the microscope, as city leaders decide whether a moratorium is needed! 
Learn more about this episode...
Those who are concerned about the impact that Micro-Housing is having on Seattle neighborhoods have formed a group called Reasonable Density Seattle:
And if you have questions and would like to take part in a live discussion please join us at:
East Precinct Advisory Council, Thursday, May 23; 6:30 to 8:30 PM
·         Seattle University’s Chardin Hall, 1020 East Jefferson
·         Enter the campus at 11th and East Jefferson, park FREE in the lot
o   Enter the building and turn right down the hall

Greetings neighbors!
 How does the development of Micro-housing impact you and your neighborhood?
 There has been a lot of concern about this increasingly upward trend of Micro-Housing, also known as “APODments”, small, single occupancy units sometimes with shared kitchens. The Capitol Hill Community Council has been addressing this issue for some time, and the City Council has hosted forums to explore citizen concerns.
The micro-housing movement has been expanding beyond Capitol Hill into the Central District, First Hill and other East Precinct neighborhoods. With a rising demand for affordable housing, these units provide a way for young singles, professionals and retired folks to actually be able to live in Seattle, close to work, restaurants and entertainment venues, and also bring rich diversity to neighborhoods. These small units are not only affordable, but provide updated amenities such as free Internet.
It seems like a simple solution. Or is it? What are the concerns of some citizens who reside in the neighborhoods near these developments?  Zoning loopholes, shortage of parking, transitional, short term residents?  What are the benefits to folks living in the units?
We hope to answer some of these and other questions at our Thursday, May 23rd East Precinct Advisory Board (EastPAC) Community Meeting. This is our effort to address a quality of life issues and proactively develop mutually beneficial solutions.
 Guests include The Stranger’s Dominic Holden, who recently wrote an informative article on this issue; Miriam Roskin, Manager for Planning and Policy, City of Seattle’s Office of Housing; and a representative from the City’s Department of Planning and Development. 
 The takeaway is, in our effort to be proactive, we will advocate for East Precinct citizens, likely in collaboration with the other city wide Precinct Advisory Councils, who’s constituencies are likely experiencing similar issues.
I am encouraging you to attend.
Stephanie Tschida, Chair
East Precinct Advisory Council
(Panel member Dominic Holden has written about micro-housing:  

The Fight Against Small Apartments

Why Neighborhood Groups Are Uniting to Stop Developers from Building Tiny, Affordable Units)

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