Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda

This month Mayor Murray and members of City Council launched work on a new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. The Mayor and Council have called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city. The agenda will chart a course for the next 10 years to ensure the development and preservation of a diversity of housing for people across the income spectrum. The Housing Affordability & Livability Advisory Committee will review every piece of the housing puzzle, including innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, accessory dwelling unit regulations, new efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, opportunities to stretch our valuable Housing Levy dollars, and more.

The twenty-eight member stakeholder advisory committee is co-chaired by Faith Li Pettis of Pacifica Law Group and philanthropic-sector leader David Wertheimer, and includes renters and homeowners, for-profit and non-profit developers, and other local housing experts. The committee is charged with delivering a set of recommendations to the Mayor and Council by May 29, 2015.

The agenda will be guided by the following goals and values:

  • Strengthen our city through housing affordability
  • Ensure equal access to housing to advance social and racial justice
  • Promote the livability of Seattle’s neighborhoods
  • Promote housing opportunity across Seattle
  • Promote equitable growth
  • Continue our commitment to prioritizing those most in need
  • Embrace innovation and build upon current, proven programs and policies

There are many opportunities for public participation in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. Opportunities include several public meetings to be held throughout the city in November and December. In addition, there will be online forums for public comments, a resource-rich webpage with updates on the committee’s progress, and periodic updates to the City Council with opportunities for public comment. The process will also include several topic-specific working groups that will involve a broad range of community members in addition to members of the committee.

Read the Mayor’s press release about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

The Mayor’s webpage will soon include information and resources about the agenda, including the upcoming public meetings.

City to Partner with Community on Future of Delridge

-Seeking ideas at Delridge Day and applicants to serve on advisory committee

The City of Seattle is beginning a collaboration to produce a shared vision and action plan to continue improving the health and equity of the Delridge community.

Delridge is a unique area of West Seattle and home to a rich heritage, diverse communities and organizations. Over the years, the people of Delridge have worked with the City to create neighborhood assets such as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, Cottage Grove Park and affordable housing options.  These and many other additions to the neighborhood are the result of community activism and the neighborhood plan completed in 1999.

Fifteen years have passed since the Delridge community completed their neighborhood plan and there are new opportunities to seize. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Department of Neighborhoods (DON) are kicking off the planning effort by asking the community to identify its priorities at Delridge Day.  What do you think about the future of Delridge? Here’s how you can provide your feedback:

  • Visit our booth at Delridge Day to share your ideas about what is important in the Delridge Neighborhood. 
    August 9, 11:00am to 3:00 pm
    Delridge Playfield/Park (4458 Delridge Way SW)
  • Visit our website and sign up to receive updates

To date, the City has heard both a desire to work on specific issues and to generally build community capacity to take action.  The following initial ideas are likely to expand or change as a result of what we hear at Delridge Day.

  • Create great neighborhood places
    • Take further action to encourage development that creates great community places at key locations along Delridge Way SW such as SW Brandon St. as identified in the neighborhood plan.
    • Inform the design for future street improvements along Delridge Way SW so that it fits with the community and provides the safe and efficient connections.
    • Assess issues and identify opportunities to address drainage and flooding.
  • Improve Community Well-being
    • Build on community work such as the Delridge Grocery Cooperative to increase access to healthy food.
    • Identify ways to build on Delridge’s parks, open space and natural assets, and make walking, biking and taking transit and easy choice.
  • Build Community Capacity to identify priorities and take action.

The City is also seeking applicants to serve on a project advisory committee for the North Delridge Action Plan. The committee will be a workgroup of community members who are passionate about the well-being of their whole community and understand the importance of engaging others in the neighborhood planning process.  One of their first tasks will be to review what we hear from the community and set the direction for the planning work.

Questions? Comments?
David Goldberg, Planner
(206) 615-1447
Davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

North Delridge Action Plan Kick-Off

The North Delridge Action Plan will kick-off the action plan at Delridge Day!

When

Saturday, August 9
11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where

Delridge Playfield/Park
4458 Delridge Way SW.

Join your neighbors at Delridge Day where there will be food, games, skateboarding, and entertainment. Drop by DPD’s booth to share your ideas about what is important in Delridge. What’s great about Delridge and should be supported? What isn’t working or is missing? What are your ideas for making Delridge an even better place? Your input will help establish the priorities that we’ll address in the North Delridge Action Plan.

To learn more and sign up for our project notices, visit DPD’s website at www.seattle.gov/DPD/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/delridge/.

DPD is also seeking applicants to serve on a project advisory committee for the North Delridge Action Plan. The committee will be a workgroup of community members who are passionate about the well-being of their whole community and understand the importance of engaging others in the neighborhood planning process. Advisory committee members should live, work, or spend significant time in the Delridge neighborhood and represent a broad range of community interests.  The advisory committee will work alongside the City’s Community Development Team on issues such as engaging the wider community through targeted outreach, reviewing community input, and creating recommendations that balance community interests. For more information contact David Goldberg at DavidW.Goldberg@Seattle.gov or (206)615-1447.