We are a West Seattle neighborhood group based in 32nd Ave SW next to SW Avalon Way made up of people from 75+ homes and 3 condos. We’ve been working with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD)- to get reasonable development along SW Avalon Way. Our neighborhood, like yours I’m sure, is being buried in higher density projects and development than it can really bear. In our case, the City of Seattle DPD is allowing and encouraging 8 story apartment buildings and apodments to be built up against our single family homes and sustainable condos. Back yards will have 6-7 story apartments rising above them, burying them in shadows and unlivable traffic and parking congestion. It says a lot when condo owners are calling the density of the current proposed projects ridiculous.
If the mission of the DPD is this:
We partner with the community to build and preserve a great city – safe and sustainable, diverse and healthy, energizing and supportive.
Why are we, Neighbors Encouraging Reasonable Development, battling the City for reasonable development?
Surprisingly, and despite our appeals in following City processes to create compatible and livable development, our very own elected officials and their public servant appointees: the current Mayor, much of the City Council and various person in the Department of Planning Development have decided and taken actions that do not help us or simply remained silent. In fact, their decisions and actions help developers from outside the City who have no vesting of their lives in our neighborhood communities. The DPD, instead of following their own rules and guidelines that would create balanced development that would fit with existing neighborhoods, chooses to pile on the density regardless of the negative effects to our neighborhoods.
Just so you know, we’re really not just a bunch of City and DPD bashers. We’re actually just families and individuals who care about our neighborhood and want to keep it healthy and livable- we’ve invested our lives here. And, we want to extend our appreciation to our public servants who exemplify goodness in their public service actions:
We want to thank City of Seattle Council Member Tom Rasmussen for taking the time to exemplify public service and come see our situation, hear our pleas and assist us.
We also want to thank Mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck for his time he spent to see our situation, hear our concerns and help us. Go Peter for Seattle!
We need more public servants like them!