March 11 -our 2nd Workshop on HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) – Understanding the details of the Proposed Zoning and Land Use Changes under MHA

The Seattle Neighborhood Coalition in conjunction with the City Neighborhood Council’s Neighborhood Planning and Land Use Committee are pleased to announce their second Workshop on the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA).   Two dates are planned.

The goal for the second workshop is to educate participants in how to do their own evaluation of the MHA changes to their neighborhood so that they can craft their own message and explain in detail how the changes will affect their community.


Virtually all of the land in Urban Villages will be up-zoned as a result of MHA, along with all commercial land outside of Urban Villages.  MHA also up-zones certain land along transit routes.  And areas adjacent to Urban Villages may be up-zoned as part of an Urban Village expansion.

This Workshop will help participants understand the often confusing and sometimes misleading information coming from City Hall about how MHA will work and where it will apply.  The Workshop will help you comprehend:

  • the alphabet soup of MHA and how to read the proposed zoning maps for your neighborhood
  • what types of building forms and types of housing MHA will introduce
  • how the different land use zones are being changed by MHA (e.g. did you know some “ low rise” could be 60 feet?)
  • how MHA affordability is proposed to be achieved, how it may not achieve its stated goals, and how displacement may play out in your neighborhood

At our first workshop on January 11 we covered how to organize around the issue.  Video of that workshop and panel discussion will soon be available, and supporting materials are here.

You can attend our second workshop even if you missed the first workshop on organizing.  This second workshop on the details of MHA zoning will be offered twice:

  1. Saturday  March 11th, 9:00 am in the Central Area
  2. Register for Workshop 2 (Central Area)
  3. Tuesday, March 14th, 6.30 pm in room 370 of City Hall
  4. Register for Workshop 2 (Downtown)

Mark your calendar.  If you are not able to attend, or know someone that you think would be interested in knowing more about what MHA zoning changes mean for their community, please let them know about the workshop.


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