Resolution on Residential Zoning in Seattle
August 17, 2022
WHEREAS, the population of King County continues to grow; and
WHEREAS, the land available for housing does not; and
WHEREAS, the bans on building apartments and other multi-family homes that Seattle and other cities in King County have enacted push working families further and further out of the metro area and further from job centers; and
WHEREAS, the bans on building apartments have increased the pressure to convert industrial areas; and
WHEREAS, zoning and design review are used to exclude working families; and
WHEREAS, renters are valuable members of our communities just as homeowners are; and
WHEREAS, local governments are under intense pressure to provide services with limited funds and these services are exponentially more expensive as housing sprawls;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the MLK labor council calls on the City of Seattle to allow all forms of housing in residential areas.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MLK labor council calls on the City of Seattle to have the Comprehensive Plan Environmental Impact Statement incorporate an alternative that allows all forms of housing in all residential areas including those zoned Neighborhood Residential.