Time to comment on HALA upzone Draft Environmental Impact Statement ending soon


 On June 8, the City released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed citywide HALA upzones. It is 800 pages long, includes brand new maps that do not yet reflect community input, and negatively impacts our neighborhood in several significant ways. Most important, we only have until July 23 to comment despite it being the summer season.

There is more information about the DEIS below. But there are three things you can do today to make your voice heard:


  1. Demand an Extension of the Comment Period. Email MHA.EIS@seattle.govand tell the City that, given the size of the document and the fact that it is summer and many people have prior commitments, there isn’t enough time to review review and comment on the DEIS.


  1. Mark Your Calendar – JLUC Workshop on July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m, West Seattle Senior Center.The Junction Land Use Committee (JLUC) will present a summary of relevant portions of the DEIS and their impacts, detail further actions you can take, and have hosted tables to help you in identify areas on which you might wish to comment.


  1. Comment Online. If you cannot attend the workshop or don’t feel you can adequately review the document without a JLUC workshop, comment using the City’s online form at http://bit.ly/2sBgzJe.

About The DEIS

The purpose of this DEIS is to analyze the impact of the proposed upzones on affected neighborhoods – and to propose actions to address any problems the upzoning would create. The City is seeking comments as to whether the DEIS does a good enough job analyzing the impacts of the upzones and/or addressing those impacts. Addressing the impacts is known as mitigation. 

From an initial read, the JLUC has determined the DEIS is deficient in many ways, including failing to identify negative impacts to our neighborhood and failing to propose adequate, if any, mitigation of the negative impacts it does identify. We will be submitting a detailed list of those deficiencies in a formal response to the City.


Here is a link where you can find the DEIS:  https://www.seattle.gov/hala/about/mandatory-housing-affordability-(mha)/mha-citywide-eis

Reminder: West Seattle Garden Tour Coming Up June 25th

The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden Tour will feature 10 stunning private gardens, and shine a spotlight on one of West Seattle’s beautiful P-Patches. From waterside gardens with sweeping views of Puget Sound to pocket-sized tribute gardens rich with emotion and personal history, the variety of gardens on this year’s tour will offer something special for every gardener looking for a little inspiration.

Annually West Seattle Garden Tour donates net proceeds, about $25,000, to other non-profits promoting horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors. The 2017 beneficiaries are City Fruit, ArtsWest, West Seattle Bee Garden, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

MORE https://www.westseattlegardentour.org/

SWS Summer Meetup at C&P – June 27th!

Sustainable West Seattle summer meetup at C&P coffee 5612 California Ave SW.
If it seems to you that everything is going wrong this a chance to commiserate with friends of a like heart. It is also a time to inspire. Join us and get a preview of the upcoming Greenlife Festival and hear about everything that is going right in our sustainable community. This social gathering is Tuesday evening June 27th from 6-9 pm.

Solstice Volunteers Needed

The 29th annual Fremont Solstice Parade is this Saturday June 17th, and 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign, and the Rise Up Action Band will be joining forces for a parade ensemble focused on climate change and the natural world we are committed to preserving.

This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate our successes and put our message squarely and hilariously in front of tens of thousands of unsuspecting parade watchers.

Our contingent will include a float with Trump clinging to the side of the Eiffel Tower (swatting at a swarm of harassing wind turbines), an amazing marching band, and a host of giant inflatables provided by Backbone campaign.

To pull this off – we need your help! Please:

  • reply to Matthew and Shemona to let us know you can join in
  • find a parade-day outfit in a single matching color of your choice
  • come to the parade staging area (3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St. – where Leary changes to 36th) at 11:00 AM this Saturday – look for the Eiffel Tower float and Backbone’s electrified train cars

See here and here for more information on event details!

See you Saturday!

In solidarity,
Peter, Shemona, Matthew, Lisa, & Les

Home on the Range: Micro Farming in Seattle

Living in one of the most expensive cities in the US makes it challenging to find sustainable sources of food on a budget. An affordable and increasingly trendy alternative to grocery stores is micro farming. This is an incredibly effective way to beat the ever-rising costs of local grocery stores and become self sufficient. Since micro farming removes the need to travel to pick up food, it is also a great way to reduce your carbon foot print. Here’s how to get started on your new micro farm and start growing some eco-friendly savings!

Creating Your Farm

With the multitude of micro farming designs, it’s easy to create a garden that will suit your space and farming needs. Those living in an apartment or condo might opt for a rooftop garden or greenhouse. These can be built out of an outdoor shed or a series of low crates to house your plants. With the multitude of greenhouse designs available, you can choose a unique greenhouse layout that will suit your needs and personal style.

If you don’t have access to a communal roof top patio, a hydroponic garden is a great option. Hydroponic gardens are by far the most popular method of micro farming and can be constructed using PVC pipe. This is quite an affordable material and can be picked up at any local hardware store. Visit a local hydroponics shops for tips on how to create your own.

What to Grow

The possibilities of what a micro farmer can grow in their garden are endless. Growing your own vegetables is very rewarding and is the first step in living a sustainable lifestyle. Vegetables like lettuce, kale, leeks, and cucumbers are perfect for growing in a plot style micro farm. It is even possible to grow larger vegetables like sweet corn, potatoes, beets, and cabbage in your micro farm. Certain root vegetables can be cultivated in small pots, along with herbs, lettuces, and other small plants and make the perfect sustainable apartment décor.

Other Considerations

Depending on if you live in the city center or the suburbs, your municipality may have specific rules on the type of crops and livestock you are allowed to raise. If you live in an apartment building or condo complex, be sure to check with your building manager before you embark on a mission to erect a massive outdoor greenhouse. Another thing to consider is the types of crops that are best suited for Seattle’s rainy weather and short summers. Plants such as tomatoes, strawberries, or cucumbers are examples of hardy plants that can stand up to the harsh Northwest weather.

If you still find yourself seeking information on how to start your micro farm, paying a visit to a local gardening or hydroponics store is a great first step. After following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a full fledged urban farmer.