April 8 – our third Workshop on the HALA MHA upzones – Understanding and Engaging in the Legislative and Legal Processes

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

The goal for the third workshop is to educate participants in how the legislative and legal processes that will implement MHA work, and how to most effectively engage in those processes.


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 following:

  •  How are zoning and land use and the development process defined in the Seattle Municipal Code
  •  What are the roles of the administration (the Mayor and departments) and Council in the legislative process
  •  How to effectively lobby the administration, departments and Council
  •  How does the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) work in the zoning and development processes
  •  What are land use appeals and interpretations and how are they used
  •  How do Public Records requests work and what can they tell us
  •  How do you track what is happening in the legislative process

At our first workshop on February 11 we covered how to organize around the issue.  At the second Workshop on March 11 (and 14) we covered the technical aspects of the MHA upzones and how to assess impacts to the neighborhood.  Video of those workshops and panel discussion will soon be available, and the supporting materials are here.

You can attend our third workshop even if you missed the first workshops.

Saturday  April 8th, 9:00 am in the Central Area   CLICK HERE –> REGISTER FOR SATURDAY WORKSHOP

Join us if you have interest in becoming more engaged in your community’s HALA upzoning process.

Please register using the link above if you plan to attend.  If you feel that others in your neighborhood are the right people to participate, please invite them.  If you have questions about the program, contact us by email reply.

Our speakers for this workshop are:

Ted Inkley, a retired lawyer, has lived on Phinney Ridge for more than 30 years. Ted spent 20 years of his legal career with the Seattle City Attorney’s office. He was head of the Criminal Division for eight years before he moved to the Civil Division. There he specialized in the law relating to public records and open-public meetings, and was head of the office’s Municipal Law section, which advised clients in a variety of areas and helped to develop City legislation. He has taught extensively on open-government issues.

Lisa Parriott was born and raised in the area and is a descendent of the first European settlers of Seattle.  After serving in the military, she returned to pursue her BSCE at the UW’s College of Engineering.  She is a licensed professional engineer with a 30+ year career in the marine, aviation, and transportation sectors. She recently began advocating for local community land use interests when exposed to a development project in her own neighborhood.  She will be sharing her group’s lessons learned from pursuing a code interpretation and LUPA legal case.

Seattle architect Martin Henry Kaplan, is Chair of the QACC and former Planning Commission member.  While serving on the Seattle Planning Commission, he helped author the current Backyard Cottage legislation.  He led the recent QACC appeal of the DADU/ADU Determination of Significance which questioned the City’s assessment of impacts related to the legislative changes.  They prevailed in the appeal and the City will undertake a full environmental impact assessment.

Alex Pedersen has been working hard for neighborhoods for the past 20 years in both the public and private sectors. Alex recently served as Legislative Aide to City Council Member Tim Burgess. For 10 years he was a senior analyst for financial institutions where he evaluated and closed over $700 million in construction and permanent financing for affordable multifamily housing and mixed-use projects. Alex served at HUD headquarters in Washington, DC during the Clinton Administration and as Chief of Staff for the President of the Oakland City Council before settling with his family in Seattle. Alex received his Masters of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

Toby Thaler has worked as a lawyer and policy analyst for environmental groups, Tribes, local governments, and others on forestry, fisheries, water quality, land use, and development issues for almost forty years. Toby became the first staff attorney at Washington Environmental Council in the mid-1990s, organizing volunteer lawyers to represent WEC and other NGOs in numerous cases, such as conservation of forest lands under the then new Growth Management Act, preventing inappropriate shoreline developments, and submitting amicus briefs in appellate cases of state-wide significance. From 1998 through 2006, he was staff attorney at the Washington Forest Law Center. Toby is presently a Natural Resource Law & Policy consultant, working with communities around the country on climate change adaptation, advocating for conservative forest management in Washington State, and helping move Seattle land use planning and development policies toward a sustainable future.

Bill Bradburd has led the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition since late 2011 when longtime leader Kent Kammerer passed away.  He is involved with his local community and district councils, and is a member of the Central Area land Use Review Committee.  He has been involved with pursuing the City on several land use issues over the last decade, and has used public records, appeals, interpretations and lobbying as means to shape public policy.  In 2015 he had an unsuccessful bid for Seattle City Council.


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