Commercial space at John Court has been empty for years.
Please see the archive of "urgent updates" below. This page has not been updated since late May.
"After cutting comment time per person down from 2 minutes to 1 due to the number of people wishing to speak, the Council moved the discussion of regulatory reform to the top of the agenda, proposed an ammendment to remove the changes to LR2/LR3 zoning, and voted unanimously to remove it, citing public concern with both the measure and the process as their reasons for doing so. Licata, Harrell, and Godden all spoke out in our favor, and O'Brien, Conlin, and Burgess all backed the ammendment as well, essentially admitting that they were wrong about the process, and perhaps about the content as well. The quality and type of public comment received was noted as being valued and a voice of the city that the council wanted to engage going forward. Good work everyone!" Brad Chamberlain
"What an exciting and dramatic climax that, among many other things, shows that grassroots organizing can impact issues that appeared to have already been decided....also a great way to meet neighbors and make friends. Way to go gang, it was an honor to be a part of such a focused, respectful, and energized group." Phillip Endicott
"Big win! Thanks, everyone, for all of the letters, phone calls, meetings, media outreach, neighborhood networking, and compelling testimony. We did it!" Kathryn Malý
"I’m so proud of all my neighbors! I think we need a party!" Pam Carter
Click here to watch the video of the testimony and the councilmembers' comments about what they had heard.
There have been 4 great articles on the regulatory reform concerns in the last 2 days. Join the "conversation" by posting a comment.
Following Capitol Hill pushback, City Council backs off 'corner store' zoning changes, Capitol Hill Blog
Developer interests guide McGinn in proposals
to ease some rules, The Seattle Times
It's the mayor's prerogative, Council President Clark says, to handpick advisers. But she says it's hard to defend the process as open, and its ideas as diverse, when neighborhood groups are shut out. "Unfortunately, when you hand them a process that clearly has excluded their input," Clark said, "you set up that dynamic to have your proposal seen as flawed."
Critics of mayor's proposals see cure for 'malady
we don't suffer', The Seattle Times
Capitol Hill community groups fighting Seattle's
'corner store' reforms, Capitol Hill Blog
Urgent Update (Updated on Tues, May 22)
We need all-hands-on-deck at the PLUS committee meeting at 9:00 on Wed, May 23, in the City Council Chambers, 600 4th Ave. (between Cherry & James), 2nd Floor.
Urgent Update (Updated on Mon, May 21)
Councilmember Richard Conlin is pushing very hard to pass the Regulatory Reform proposal at the upcoming PLUS committee meeting (9:00 on Wed, May 23). This proposal would allow commercial use in neighborhoods that are currently zoned as multi-family residential. Once this proposal is voted out of committee, it will be very difficult -- if not impossible -- to defeat it or substantially amend it before the full council. Hence the sense of urgency.
It's critical that we persuade a small group of Councilmembers to attend the Wed, May 23 Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) meeting and slow down the process. Any Councilmember can vote in the Committee; it's not necessary that they be a member of the PLUS Committee to cast a vote. We suspect that Mr. Conlin knows that opposition is growing and that time is not on his side.
The message of most immediate importance is:
- The way this legislation is being rushed through makes a mockery of the notion of participatory democracy
- We demand that the process be slowed down so that residents and businesses affected by these proposed changes can effectively participate in asking questions and giving feedback.
Arrange to meet a Councilmember in person on Monday or Tuesday. These face-to-face meetings are best conducted in groups of three or fewer so that you can have a real conversation with the Councilmember. We need to insist that the process be slowed down so that our community can have a chance to participate in the dialogue. Nick Licata, Sally Clark, Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen are the Councilmembers most likely to come to our aid. Start with them, but don't rule out Tim Burgess. Tim's on the PLUS Committee and appears persuadable.
Meet or speak with a council staff person. Time is very tight, so if it's not possible to meet with a Councilmember, ask to meet with a staff person. Your message will be very effectively conveyed to the Councilmember. If you can't get a meeting with a staff person, or don't have time to get downtown on Monday or Tuesday, call and ask to speak to a staff person by phone.
Attend the PLUS Committee meeting: Wed, May 23 at 9:00am, City Council Chambers, 600 4th Ave. (between Cherry & James), 2nd Floor. There will be an opportunity for public comment before the meeting; there's a signup sheet at the podium for those who wish to testify. You get two minutes to make your case. Bring as many warm bodies with you as you can.
Email and call. Keep those emails to Councilmembers coming if you can't do any of the above. Insist that we be given the time and opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in this decision.
Post flyers in our neighborhood. The PLUS committee had done no neighborhood outreach, so it it up to us to inform our neighborhood residents and business about this proposed zoning change that would drastically affect our community. Click here to download flyers to post.
If this is your first time visiting our website, click here to read about the Capitol Hill Coalition--who we are and what we believe.
Urgent Update (Updated on Sat, May 19)
On May 17, at a standing-room-only meeting, the Capitol Hill Community Council unanimously passed the following resolution:
We are deeply concerned about the proposal to bring commercial uses into the heart of our neighborhood currently pending before the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) committee.
We oppose this commercialization proposal.
We ask PLUS and the Seattle City Council:
- Not to adopt the proposal; and
- To engage the residents of affected neighborhoods in an open, serious, frank discussion of the pros and cons of various options in an effort to achieve consensus.
Click here to link to the Capitol Hill Community Council minutes and blog.