On January 15, 2015, Washington State legislators introduced House Bill 1084. If passed, it will force the city of Seattle to do what it already should be doing for projects like 819 NW 70th Street / 6752 Division Avenue NW: provide public notice. Too often, a bulldozer is the notice. Use this online comment tool to tell legislators your feelings about the bill. Representatives read comments to see what people–especially those in their legislative district–think about the bill. The House Local Government Committee will vote on the bill in early February 2015.
2/20/15 update: House Bill 1084 died because it wasn’t voted out of the Local Government Committee. Unfortunately, Representative Joe Fitzgibbon of West Seattle and others on the committee didn’t support it. Master Builders Association and Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development loudly spoke out against the bill, while a few residents testified and asked the legislators to support it. What’s the big deal of putting up a land use public notice sign to let neighbors know about development planned for their community?
The committee killed the bill by siding with the development community and the City of Seattle, which intentionally excludes community by not enforcing public notice of new projects.