74 Comments

 I have slowly watched our skyline be sold to rich out-of-towners. I am poor, I am a Seattlite, and I like to watch the sun slide behind the Olympics.
Central

 I have lived in the Eastlake neighborhood since 1992 and have seen such a drastic change, it makes me very angry. The buildings that have been built are an eyesore. Developers just build to get a building up without any sense of design or impact on the neighborhood. They are only partially to blame. The mayor and city council can take the remaining blame. Too cozy with the developers. I lived in San Francisco for almost six yrs. and I do not want to see Seattle become like San Francisco. In San Francisco I missed all the greenery we have here. What happened to limiting the growth? Eastlake

♥  I lived on Capitol Hill for 34 years before moving to my present neighborhood. I have watched all kinds of development over the years and believe we need to return to the previous height limit if we are to maintain the desirable qualities of low-rise neighborhoods.
Southwest/Southeast

 Please don’t destroy the essence of what makes our community special. Capitol Hill

♥  I was born and raised in Ballard and lived here until I was 25 years old (1993) and moved back when I was 41 (2009). I lived in Ballard when it was not cool or popular to live here. Although I appreciate the the revitalization of Ballard I think it’s now on the overgrowth side of things. Traffic is terrible and only going to get worse with all of the high rise multi–person living buildings that have sprung up everywhere. We are losing our sense of community. There needs to be a balance between growth and overgrowth. Community and a mass of people. Helpful neighbors, selfish neighbors. Please put a limit on the permits of these tall buildings. Stop the large scale building and get back to the small scale.
Ballard

♥ I live on Queen Anne and totally support this effort. We’ve lived — and paid taxes here — for 30 years. We’ve watched ill-thought-out development throughout our years here. We are amazed at the lack of vision Seattle city leaders have.  Queen Anne

♥ Keeping the quality of life in Seattle is crucial to Seattle’s character and livability. Overcrowding in residential neighborhoods will change the character of the city forever.
Ballard

♥ Developers from N.Y and Chicago have convinced the Seattle City Council that L-3 actually means 5 stories not 3 stories with plans to go much higher in the near future. Ignore careful neighborhood planning and tell people that light, view and air are not needed. Cars are not needed even for escapes into nature on the weekend. Yards are not needed for children or anyone else. Live and die on the street like they do in Chicago, N.Y. and Detroit. No one in local government believes in the strength of Northwest values. It is all going fast with our N.Y. born Mayor Mike McGinn and greedy developers. The Space Needle will soon be boxed in by skyscrapers so it can’t be our symbol to the world or ourselves anymore. Our symbol should really be the Pike Place Market Pig!  Capitol Hill

 I live in Queen Anne and I fully support this petition. Queen Anne

♥ I agree with the premises of this petition wholeheartedly. Please make the changes and preserve a better quality of life for the city present and future.
Ballard

♥ We must maintain the old height limits. The New limits are being manipulated to the advantage of the developer, because the examples are not complete. The wording of the new zoning code is not tight enough. Nobody is watching. Queen Anne LR3, Up Town.

  Lets get on this before our neighborhoods are ruined!
Capitol Hill

 The city is out of control in issuing building permits to the Developers coming into and ruining our skyline, as well as increased traffic issues, less parking, etc. They are simply out to gather immediate tax needs rather than preserving the Seattle neighborhoods we live in. They not only need to lower the building heights, but raise the parking requirements per unit. They are pushing Seattle into a New York style of city planning. If the Mayor feels his push for more bikes is the answer, he needs to revisit that plan which is great for those that can ride but not for those of us with handicaps.  Ballard

♥ I believe there needs to be stability in zoning. Besides the subject properties, surrounding property values are affected. It isn’t fair to give one land owner more value by reducing the value of adjacent properties. Rather than a blanket change of L3 to LR3, each area should be carefully scrutinized. Mitigations need to exist so that single family lots aren’t adjacent to 48′ buildings. I believe in density, but the designations with higher density needs to grow carefully from core areas, not by leaps and bounds.  Queen Anne

 I urge the council to adopt the lower limits in this petition. As a life-long Capitol Hill resident I am dismayed at the changes that are occurring in my neighborhood. The character of the area is changing in ways that are destroying the former charm it has always been known for.   Capitol Hill

♥ Do not compromise the livable quality that our city has established in the past for a less thoughtful answer to the rising density that is our future. Thoughtful planning instead of quick “fixes” to the problem are necessary to keep our city as one of the most livable cities that inspire community and health. Ballard

♥ Tearing down historical homes is bad enough but 5 stories is really crazy. My 1907 home is on a block that is being completely changed to high rise. The neighborhood is changing forever ~ my home will soon be right next to a 3 story building, built to the property line ~ the wonderful old home there now will be gone forever. I’ll lose my light, my view, and most of all, when I move, my cute and historic home will probably be torn down next. This has to stop before it’s too late!!!  Ballard

 The huge building at 422 11th Ave E is an EYESORE!! Change the codes back to 30’maximum. Capitol Hill

♥ Time to take control of the developers, land use codes, and our communities — we live there not them. This is our time to do what is best for us / our community.  Southwest/Southeast

♥ This must stop!  Two very tall townhouses were built right behind our 1945 home. They have blocked the sun from our garden. Last year we had lots of beautiful produce. Never again, thanks to these huge eyesores!  Ballard

♥ I’m glad we have a forum for this. Thanks to you for promoting the cause. Seriously considering leaving the hill because of all the construction and new apartment buildings. Seattle’s changing, and not for the better. Capitol Hill

 Seattle cannot afford to shade people from sunshine, a precious source of light, energy and important ingredient to a healthy attitude in a city that is cloud covered 2/3’s of the year. Southwest/Southeast

♥ Capitol Hill is becoming more like downtown with its very limited sun exposure. The density, as it is, is sustainable, but it is reaching a tipping point. Keep character and quality of life in our neighborhoods.  Capitol Hill

 I am so happy that someone else besides me is concerned about this and has started this push back effort. Ballard

 Density needs to be compatible with neighborhood architecture or it will destroy Seattle uniqueness and charm. Queen Anne

 Ballard’s character is at the tipping point. Let’s retain a neighborhood atmosphere, healthy for families yet with density and culture. High rise buildings promote desolate canyons and a disconnect with neighbors.   Ballard

 I am a Seattle resident who has been negatively impacted lately by the lack of transparency in city planning. I live on the street selected by the city to become a greenway path, and have seen how the city disregards residents that will be most impacted by their plans. It is disrespectful to exclude concerned citizens from your processes. I ask that you take a step back and require stronger notification procedures, and provide more forums for feedback BEFORE the fact, not after.
Ballard

  After seeing the recent completion of the projects on Market & 14th, and all the infill projects west of 15th I’m pretty disgusted with the planning and concern for our local neighborhoods. Ballard

 Can the tops of the horrid highrises that have gone in be lopped off? Please?………
Ballard

 Such a simple step, but so very needed. Our neighborhoods are being trashed by developers of overwhelmingly tall buildings on regular lots and even half lots. Please accept this petition and bring our city back to liveability. Ballard

  I’ve met with Nick Licata on this issue. THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW! Capitol Hill

 Please clean up the code and keep Seattle beautiful. Ballard

♥ THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. KEEP IT UP. Capitol Hill

 I have lived in Capitol Hill for the past 10 years and it has lost a lot of its livability in that time. I feel as though its character is being changed by people who don’t live in the neighborhood — whose goal is to profit, not improve the area. The reason so many people want to live in Seattle is because it’s green and has a small neighborhood feel. Developers are changing this for the worse. Our city council should protect its citizens’ right to live in a place where their health is supported by green space, sunlight and human-scale buildings. Seattle is unique, let’s keep it that way!
Capitol Hill

 It is very disheartening to walk through Capitol Hill and see what use to make Capitol Hill so livable being destroyed with tall, uncomfortable, boxy looking buildings. I’m afraid that everything that makes the Hill desirable is being stripped from its personality and will affect businesses, homes, and family here in
Capitol Hill

 I live right across from the monstrosity you’ve pictured here at 422 11th Ave. E. This was originally a house that was torn down and will now become a 40 unit Apodment complex. No design review was required. Everyone I contacted with the city assured me that only 8 units were allowed for the space without a design review. HA HA- what a joke.
Capitol Hill

♥ Highrise infilling turns our yards into dark canyons, ruins our property values, and makes our outdoor living spaces unlivable…Responsible infill is good zoning. Highrise infill is developer greed.
Ballard

♥ We’ve been through this before during the 1980s. Developers wormed into re-writing the zoning code then indulged in a feeding frenzy of raze and run bad development. Isolated neighborhoods under attack gradually came together, culminating in the creation of the Department of Neighborhoods, plus the win of putting predictable density back into the Code.
Eastlake

 This issue is very near and dear to my heart and it is time that we stand firm against big development and keep the feel of Seattle. I was born and raised in Seattle and the new development projects going up in the Roosevelt area are scary as all get out. It is time to change the zoning laws back to what they were before 2010 before we are another New York.  Enough is enough.  Thank you
Roosevelt

 Home owners should at least be given an opportunity to hear what is happening next door to where they live and be able to discuss with the city any issues that they may have!
Capitol Hill

 Seattle, stand up to developers – put your people before short-sighted profiteering!
Capitol Hill

 Once the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods is gone due to outsized development and a disregard of architectural context, we will not get it back. Until now, Seattle has maintained a sense of place. If something doesn’t change, in the near future it will look like any suburb in middle America.  Please halt the commodification of what still is a great city.
Capitol Hill

 I have been appalled by many a development that impacts the adjacent properties adversely. I support the limitations proposed by the cleanup legislation.
Roosevelt

 Please roll back building heights! We don’t need to become a neighborhood of canyon-like streets between tall Buildings! Please don’t ruin Capitol Hill!
Capitol Hill

 Please save our neighborhoods from the lack of sun and sky seen in so many neighborhoods. We moved here for the things we see today, It would be a very negative impact if we couldn’t see them tomorrow…
Ballard

♥ You guys are doing a great job. I read most of the blog and I totally agree with what is said 🙂
Capitol Hill

 When this kind of building is introduced into a neighborhood it drops the value of homes around the oversize construction, starting a downward spiral of a neighborhood till all original homes are raised without consideration to their condition. Developers are only interested in squeezing the maximum amount money of the lot….Is the big plan for Seattle to make zoning work best for developers so they can make a fast buck with no responsibility or concern for the future of neighborhoods? I certainly hope not.
Ballard

 A Lovely victorian home was torn down right in front of my 4th story window. I fear it will be blocked soon.Please don’t allow it to be so!!!!
Capitol Hill

 These important decisions need to be made by the people who live in the neighborhoods, not by the moneyed interests.
Ballard

♥ Vote out the pro-growthers on the council, which is most of them, and make DPD accountable to citizens.  Clue:  Seattle is built.  Want sustainability?  Then sustain what we have.  Invest in green growth where you do not have to tear down great houses made from old growth fir to do it.   Roosevelt

 Please vote to preserve our air and green spaces and to limit the heights to 3 stories of new building projects in our residential neighborhoods.  Ballard

 I have been an owner on North Capitol Hill since 2005. I chose the location I did (Near Group Health) because of the character and integrity of this area. I am sad and angry with the City of Seattle, that they are destroying the neighborhood that we love.
Capitol Hill

 It is so important to respect our connect with the earth and the sky and not just maximize profits. These kinds of out of scale buildings take away our sunshine and beautiful views and sense of connectedness, creating a density that does not really allow for people to get to know and trust one another. Please scale back.
Capitol Hill

 I bought a historic home 2 years ago in Ballard.  I bought there because of the traditional low rise residential neighborhood and the fact that nothing more than 30′ could be built around me.  In the last year I have seen more and taller development than at any time in memorable history.  I and my neighbors are up in arms about it.  It seems that everything around us is too tall, too cheap and too ugly.  The current building is ruining the character of our neighborhoods, let alone rezoning to even taller buildlings.  I and my neighbors are tracking who votes for what and our future votes will reflect whether our politicians supported maintaining the current charming and historical character of our neighborhoods or whether they sold out to greedy developers and those who come into our neighborhoods to build something unattractive and leave it less [attractive] than they found it.  Before you support development in MY neighborhood, ask yourself whether YOU would want to live next door to it.  If your answer is no, don’t vote for it.  Because if you do, I and my neighbors will not vote for you.  I implore you to roll back the building heights in Ballard to no more than 30′ tall.  If you have lived in a 1 or 2 story residential home next to a 30′ tall multiplex, you will know that 30′ tall is MORE than enough.
Ballard

 I have lived on Capitol Hill for 48 years and I am very disappointed in the city planning that has brought these developers to this unique inner city neighborhood.
Capitol Hill

 I have been a resident in the same location of the Hill since March of 1990. I had no idea this increase in height to 40′ for apartment buildings in LR3 was being considered until it had already been adopted. If the City can send notices to residents for Design Review why did they not send a notice like that out for this height increase? I am not in favor of buildings taller than 30′ in LR3 Zones. City Council please repeal this increase and restore building height maximums to the previous 30′ for all building types in LR3. Thank you!
Capitol Hill

 I am installing solar panels on my roof. If any of the neighboring structures are sold, removed, and then replaced by something over 30 feet tall, my investment in these solar panels will be wasted. It is ridiculous to think that a long-term, environmentally-sound action on my part can be rendered useless by the simple (and greedy) addtion of two stories by a developer.  Bring back the 30 ft cap!  Ballard

♥ Keep buildings at 3 stories max!
Eastlake

 Ballard is already having significant traffic issues caused by dense housing developments in the form of five story high rise condos.  I support keeping the three story limit to maintain a human scale and maintain the character of our neighborhoods.
Ballard

 Please preserve our neighborhoods!
Capitol Hill

 It is clear that DPD is not regulating these projects as they should be, and that the Mayor and Council are dragging their feet to correct a problem that is eating away at our neighborhoods.  Central

♥ The 20% tree canopy alone is a reason to avoid losing our sunlight and lines of sight. There are precious few trees left on top of Capitol Hill, which will be ruined if cast into shade. The proposed height, bulk and scale of the previously “L3” zones which were changed to 40 feet height in an untransparent fashion is threatening to destroy what remains of the sparse tree coverage, in what is supposed to be the “Emerald City”.
Capitol Hill

 Please vote to preserve our air and green spaces and to limit the heights to 3 stories of new bldg projects in our residential neighborhoods.
Ballard

 My block in Ballard recently had a lot developed with four units each exceeding 30′ in height. These buildings tower over the lots surrounding it. The most notable effect has been the diminished access to sunlight into our backyards.
Ballard

 We do not want these monstrous and hideous 4 story buildings – we want the sun! Our children will thank you! They want to play outside! We want to grow our plants and raise our chickens in a friendly environment!
Capitol Hill

 I oppose this out of scale development. These changes were made with little input for the neighborhood residents. Council people represented people other than those who voted for them. This is a pleasant mixed density neighborhood just right for a happy medium and good transition zone between pure single family and full on high density. The streets are already full of cars. The buses are more than full at peak times. What are we: a pack of sardines to stuff the tin full? Capitol Hill

♥ As a current resident of Capitol Hill and a former resident of 12th Avenue, I support this petition. We can’t let developers make all the decisions about land use. Human scale, trees, set-backs from the street are important to keep Capitol Hill from being a site of future urban blight as the developers move on to make money off of some other neighborhood and we are stuck with ugly buildings and a bleak, desolate landscape.  Capitol Hill

 I have recently sold a remolded/restored 1907 house in Ballard to a private couple with kids. I find it completely disgusting what ‘developers/builders’ are doing to Ballard. Ultimate fault lies with city/county ‘planners’ who are so desperately frothing at the mouth for tax revenue they allow this crap to take place. Great work whoever initiated this petition.  Ballard

 I spent ten years in Manhattan, so I’m familiar with the “Manhattanization” process: brownstones were torn down and huge, ugly apartment complexes replaced them, leaving the neighborhood feeling generic and soul less. I’d hate to see that happen to Capitol Hill. Density isn’t necessarily bad, but it has to be accomplished thoughtfully, with an understanding of scale and what is appropriate for the neighborhood. Capitol Hill 

 In order to preserve the character and diversity of Capitol Hill, it’s important to keep multiple-family apartments to a height in keeping with houses on the same block – and even next door. With careful planning, it’s possible to obtain much needed housing without destroying decades and centuries of buildings that have made Capitol Hill such a wonderful place to live. Capitol Hill

♥  Thank you so much for spearheading this – those of us who live in multi-family areas and have seen the overwhelming negative effects of goliath buildings invading neighborhoods where there’s a pleasant mix of 3 story buildings, single-family homes etc need a VOICE! Our neighborhoods are losing what makes them so special. Capitol Hill

 These important decisions need to be made by the people who live in the neighborhoods, not by the moneyed interests.  Ballard

♥ Save the sunshine!   Capitol Hill