Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has an initiative to establish policies and goals for housing affordability and livability within the city. The Mayor’s initiative is an opportunity to look at a wide set of issues surrounding these values like open space, the services that residents except, development types, and housing options for all income levels. Three public meetings have been held to discuss ideas and values for the initiative since November. Mayor Murray has spoken about why this initiative is so important to the city in saying the following:
Seattle’s future growth can and will bring unprecedented challenges for our city, but we can choose our path forward. This can be a moment to engage in battles over density and fear of change, or this can be a moment full of opportunity to create walkable, livable, and affordable mixed-income neighborhoods for everyone.
The Mayor’s Office is taking public comment on what sort of policies and goals should be pursued by the initiative. We encourage you take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas on what the agenda should consider.
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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.