The Hearing Examiner’s Office has been adjudicating nine separate challenges by neighborhood organizations to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the city’s city-wide MHA upzones. After a hearing on May 31 to discuss several motions for summary judgment, last Friday the Hearing Examiner issued rulings — and it largely went in favor of the city. The appeals are far from resolved, and won’t be until early fall, but several issues were taken off the table as potential flaws in the FEIS.
Here are some highlights and notes from today’s City Council meetings.
This morning’s big story: yesterday’s release of the final EIS for the proposed city-wide upzone of urban villages.
After five meetings and a contentious public hearing last week, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee passed an amended MHA rezone for the Uptown urban center out of committee today.
After a long and contentious public hearing last week. Council member Rob Johnson has decided to withdraw one of two controversial amendments to the proposed MHA upzone of the Uptown Urban Center.
The Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee is holding a public hearing tonight on two issues: the proposed MHA rezone of the Uptown urban center, and some potential changes to the way that design reviews are done.
Many of the Council’s public hearings are perfunctory: the Council members already have a good idea how they plan to vote, and the most that commenters can hope for are to get some minor tweaks to the legislation. But as of last Friday when the PLUZ committee met to discuss the two topics, there are some big open issues that the Council is scratching its collective head over.
Yesterday afternoon, the City council adopted MHA upzones for three segments of the 23rd Avenue corridor in the Central Area, along with a companion resolution of other city commitments to addressing gentrification and displacement in that area.
The Office of Planning and Community Development has responded to citizen requests by extending the deadline for public comment on the city-wide MHA upzone Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
On June 8th, the city published a Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the “city-wide” implementation of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. It’s 462 pages of dense material. Here’s your cheat sheet.