Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Townhomes – Can the Patient be Saved?

From Councilmember Sally Clark

Townhomes – Can the Patient be Saved?

Have you noticed townhomes propagating in your neighborhood? Not thrilled with much of what you see? Curious why this happens? If you're like me, you answered "yes" to each of those questions. So, in my ongoing effort to take the Planning, Land Use & Neighborhoods Committee (PLUNC) into the neighborhoods once a quarter, I bring you:

Townhomes – Can the Patient be Saved?
Saturday, June 7
10 a.m.-noon
Capitol Hill Arts Center
(1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)

The morning will start with a few examples of the good, the OK and the fatally wounded. Then we'll hear from a panel of developers, neighborhoods activists, architects and planners with suggestions and ideas for remedies. I guarantee time for questions and comments from you, the attendees. I anticipate that PLUNC will receive the Mayor's proposed changes to the City's Multi-Family Code sometime this spring. Townhomes are just one issue among many that will be addressed in those changes. This meeting will be a great chance to talk proactively about housing choices, affordability and neighborhood-friendly design.

You may have heard that Capitol Hill isn't known for its ample parking. Plan your bus trip here. If you've not been tracking townhome design issues and want to know what all the bluster is about, check out this article from a few weeks ago.

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