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.

WE LIVE IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY!  Our residential neighborhoods are an unique treasure: healthy, desirable communities with involved residents - these neighborhoods have no need for urban renewal.

• Do some of them need increased density to their stated limits, in a way which maintains their character? Yes!!

• Do they need large, multifamily buildings affordable only to investors? NO!! Our quality of life is worth fighting for.

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. 

1. CONTRIBUTE MONEY TO THE NO OLY UPZONE COMMITTEE

• Contact us to pledge an amount at shardon@comcast.net towards legal fees to appeal the MM decision before the Growth Management Board

• Or, make a direct deposit to our account at Anchor Bank (2610 Harrison Ave NW). People interested in contributing directly can do so at any area Anchor bank. Deposits should be specified for the “Olympians for Smart Development & Livable Neighborhoods”. The check should be made out to OFSD&LN. This account is restricted to filing and legal fees.

Upon final appeal resolution, any left-over funds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.        

2. WHAT ABOUT CITIZEN ACTIVISM?

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 citycouncil@ci.olympia.wa.us

• Or mail a letter to: Olympia City Council, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967.

• Or write to their individual email addresses:

jcooper@ci.olympia.wa.us        lparshle@ci.olympia.wa.us        cselby@ci.olympia.wa.us        jbateman@ci.olympia.wa.us    njones@ci.olympia.wa.us          cgilman@ci.olympia.wa.us        rrollins@ci.olympia.wa.us

• Write a letter to the editor. Click here for the link

• Make a sign and put it up in your neighborhood. (NO OLY UPZONE!)  

• Make a flier (or use the one provided on this website), copy it and give copies to your neighbors.

3. GET ON OUR MAILING LIST TO GET UPDATES

Contact Us

Our neighbors and the city government need to hear from us!  “Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about things that matter.” Please be part of the effort to save our neighborhoods and protect the culture and integrity of our wonderful, funky little city! Our children and grandchildren will thank us!   “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”    

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