Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sign Petition Now To Stop Upzone At Talaris Planned For Upcoming Re-Development


The Laurelhurst Community Club,sent out an email regarding the proposed upzone re-development of Talaris (4000 NE 41st Street), the 18 acre property in Laurelhurst.

LCC has been involved with the site once known as Batelle, for over 30 years, in ensuring the property is well integrated with the neighborhood by closely monitoring any proposed development.

Here is LCC's email:

Make your views known by July 11!
The Issue
The Talaris property owner is asking the City of Seattle to approve a Comprehensive Plan amendment for 2014 consideration that would upzone the property from single-family to multi-family. Laurelhurst Community Club says NO, do not include this proposed amendment on the policy docket for further review and consideration.

Talaris Owner Seeks Upzone to Multi-FamilyCurrent City of Seattle land-use code allows developers generous leeway to build environmentally sensitive single-family zoned developments, even with some clustering to create and preserve trees and open space. To date, Talaris owner's representatives only show a "cookie cutter" single-family scenario of 90 homes that is not thought to be buildable and would eliminate open green space and sensitive environmental areas.

What can you do to help?
  • Attend the Public Hearing July 11
  • Sign up to speak at the Hearing
  • Send an email or letter to Sara Nelson, Richard Conlin, and other City Councilmembers
  • Sign the online petition

Click here to sign an online petition.
Signatures gathered by noon July 11 will be emailed to Sara Nelson and Councilmember Richard Conlin.
Signatures gathered by noon July 11 will be emailed to Sara Nelson and Councilmember Richard Conlin.

Attend The Public HearingThe City Council's Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed Comprehensive Plan policy on July 11, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.

Send an EmailWritten comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5 p.m. July 11, 2013. The volume of email messages will make an impact!

Please send comments to Sara Nelson at 206-684-5337 or sara.nelson@seattle.gov, or to:
Councilmember Richard Conlin,

Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Copy your email to:

Neighbors' Concerns
Laurelhurst neighbors have expressed strong concerns about about the proposal including:

  • Massive density increase inconsistent with the surrounding community
  • Inadequate bus service for 800 potential new apartment dwellers (up to 333 apartment units)
  • Capacity of Laurelhurst Elementary School to absorb a large number of new children
  • Rental units rather than an opportunity for ownership through homes or condominiums
  • Increased parking and traffic congestion

Read LCC's Letter to City Council's Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee, July 11, 2013.
Read LCC legal counsel's letter to Seattle City Council's PLUS Committee, June 28, 2013.

Thank you for taking action on this important issue.

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