In November, 2017, the City of Seattle released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. In reviewing the City’s FEIS document, the MoCA Board came to the realization that the only recourse to have our specific Urban Village concerns addressed would be to file an appeal of the FEIS. Other neighborhoods were realizing that only legal action would force the City to provide a true neighborhood planning process to address the environmental impacts specific to neighborhoods as well as city-wide impacts. The November 27 FEIS appeal deadline was several months before scheduled Morgan Community Association member meetings, and the Board voted to file a placeholder appeal and bring the issue to the January 2018 Membership meeting. The Board also approved joining with a coalition of 26 neighborhood and other interested groups (the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity) seeking to require the City to adequately analyze, disclose and address the full impacts of its proposed up-zones, as well as provide a true alternative. Appeal efforts involve member commitment and funding, and a member group can withdraw at any time. The descision of the board was discussed and a vote cast in support of continuing with the appeal and involvement with the SCALE coalition appeal. The Seattle Hearing Examiner will hear the appeal starting on April 23, 2018.
Attached is a copy of the Morgan appeal filled with the Hearing Examinier.