Often informal groups of people working together can make a difference in the way their communities are run. If you care about the Roosevelt zoning plan and, like I do, would like to see a plan that would create more than 348 units of housing in the station area, the best thing you can do right now is email your city council member to say “please don’t vote for this!” The next best thing you can do is sign this petition I’ve created.
You may or may not be surprised to know that much of the time the Council members only hear from the NIMBY side of these debates, and not from those who support more transit oriented development. The more they hear from people who support TOD, the more import they’ll attach to the issue, and the more likely they are enact a plan to create more housing. I’ve written an easy way to do contact them right after the jump. Please do also sign the petition.
Richard Conlin, Council President
Bruce A. Harrell
Sally J. Clark
Dear City Council Member:
I’m a Seattle resident, and I feel strongly that we need to keep build more housing near transit. The current draft recommendation for Roosevelt does not go far enough toward increasing the supply of housing near transit and letting people get away from the automobile. Transit-oriented development is the future of the region and especially Seattle. I’m sure you agree. TOD is the most sustainable, healthy -and in the city – possible way to grow. The proposed rezone squanders a critical chance to increase the vibrancy and livability of the Roosevelt neighborhood and our city at large.
There will be community members that don’t want change. That always happens, but we are making decisions for generations to come and thousands of unassuming future residents of the Roosevelt neighborhood. As elected officials, you have a responsibility to balance the wants of current residents with those of future residents.
Every Seattle resident helps pay for the light rail system with every purchase they make. We’re building only a few subway stations in the entire city, and a plan that increases the housing supply by only an extra 348 units does not go far enough. We need a more ambitious plan, and I’m looking to you to help us get one. For too long Seattle has been timid, while cities across the region have planned and zoned for their one or two stations areas. Seattle is sorely behind.
– Consistent Voter & Future Campaign Contributor