Learn more about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and its impact on Queen Anne on Monday


If you have questions or comments about the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), mark this Monday on your calendar. The Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7pm, with the sole focus on HALA.

The meeting is open to the public, gathering city hall planners, SDOT, residents and community leaders from Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, and Magnolia. The meeting will be hosted at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W.

The Queen Anne Community Council’s statement on HALA is as follows:

HALA is being promoted by city leaders as a lovely way to open the door to affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.  But really, it’s a tool to cater to developers’ interests to over develop and choke our quality of life.  Taller height buildings with no parking are a problem already.  Zero-lot line backyard micro houses and over-the-garage apartments are more likely to become Air B&B rentals than low income mother-in-law units.  We need to stop this foolishness now and speak loudly that HALA guidelines to change the planning code in Seattle is not welcome.”

If you have concerns or questions about HALA and how it may or may not impact you and the neighborhood, plan on attending Monday’s meeting.

Rezoning could bump planned Uptown 6 story building up to 8 stories

Back in June, we posted on three new planned multi-story projects planned for Uptown/Lower Queen Anne. Today, a Land Use Bulletin was released for the proposed 6-story building at 513 1st Ave N. An application has been submitted to rezone the lot to allow an 8-story building.

In June, the application was for a 6-story, 92 unit apartment building with parking for 45 vehicles. With the latest application, the number of apartments goes up to 105, and the parking goes down to 33 vehicles. Two more floors, thirteen more apartments, twelve less parking spaces.

The Uptown Urban Framework includes height increases for much of Lower Queen Anne/Uptown – see the map below. The Uptown Alliance meetings have covered the plan in many past meetings – if you are interested or concerned about the height zoning changes, look for the next Uptown Alliance meeting (info will be posted here) or contact the City of Seattle Senior Planner or Urban Designer, both listed on the main Uptown Urban Framework website.