Do Something - How you can help
Print a "No Missing Middle" sign to put in your car window or carry to a Council Meeting: download and then print a jpeg version here in the "landscape" orientation (long dimension horizontal), or a pdf version here.
•Make a flier (or use the one provided on this website), copy it and give copies to your neighbors.
Since November 2017, the Olympians for Responsible Development and Livable Neighbohoods group, which created this No Oly Upzone site, has studied Missing Middle thoroughly, and monitored its progress as it has moved through the City process. ORD&LN appealed the City's SEPA Determination of Non-Significance, which claimed Missing Middle had no effects on Olympia (because the City claimed MM was covered by the Comprehensive Plan (it's not).
The City’s Hearing Examiner refused to hear our appeal…so now what?
The Hearing Examiner, Mark C. Schreibmeir, told us ORD&LN has to wait until the Missing Middle actually causes serious harm to our city before we can take action. He said that ORD&LN doesn't have “standing,” and that any harm we anticipate is only “speculative.” If that seems wrong to you, then join us! The Appeal we just concluded laid the groundwork for the next legal action we will take to ensure that the character and livability of Olympia is not the part that's “missing” from the Missing Middle. After the City Council makes its final decision regarding the 43 proposed policy changes to our current municipal zoning codes, we want the future of our neighborhoods to still be livable and affordable.
We hope the Council will scrutinize the Missing Middle housing proposal very closely and direct the Planning and Community Development Department to take another run at it, perhaps this time with full scoping, measurable objectives, and viable alternatives. However, we can’t count on that, so we will continue to prepare ourselves and our fellow citizens to ensure Smart Development and Livable Neighborhoods for Olympia’s future.
How can you help?
We still need help funding legal efforts. The first skirmish may be over, but the fight for Olympia’s neighborhoods is far from over! Your donation will help keep our legal team on track to finalize last details from our original appeal and to prepare for a quick response to the City Council’s decision regarding your neighborhood. Next stop is the Growth Management Hearings Board.
Email your City Council! They work for you, so let them know what you want to see them approve. Most Olympians are strongly in favor of safe, reasonably-priced homes of all sizes that can meet our neighbors' needs. But we don’t have to dismantle the entire fabric of our community to accomplish that goal. Speak out against misguided, top-down “Zoning du Jour” and demand the well thought-out, collaborative, and respectful proposal that our City deserves!
• Email to email@example.com
• Or mail a letter to: Olympia City Council, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967.
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