Last week, Mayor Mike McGinn, city council member Tim Burgess, and a group of neighborhood, transportation, and business activists signed off on letters urging the city's Department of Planning and Development to revisit a proposed upzone throughout the area around the Roosevelt light rail station to allow buildings much taller what DPD and the neighborhood previously agreed to. Today, the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association's land use committee chair Jim O'Halloren fired back, sending a letter to neighborhood residents urging them to contact Mayor Mike McGinn and the city council and tell them not to revisit the zoning in the neighborhood.

Roosevelt residents spent several years working with DPD and Sound Transit to come up with a plan to increase density in the area when light rail arrives. In recent weeks, however, a chorus of voices has emerged urging DPD to increase heights further than what the neighborhood agreed to---to as much as 12 stories in the immediate vicinity of the station.

The zoning originally approved by DPD would allow about 350 new units of housing in the area around the station above and beyond what the current zoning allows.

Calling the idea of revisiting the zoning "a grave insult to the Roosevelt community, and the countless hours of good-faith volunteer effort to plan responsibly for smart growth," O'Halloren writes, "We have been planning for years, the best ways to integrate transit into our community, to accommodate reasonable growth while retaining things that are important to us. ...  Please ensure that the Legislative Rezone process is not derailed, but rather expedited so that Roosevelt can become a model 'transit oriented community.'"

McGinn is scheduled to meet with DPD director Diane Sugimura this Thursday to discuss the Roosevelt rezone.
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