We're listening. Join the conversation.
We are having citywide conversations, meeting people where they already meet in their communities and using existing technology to get input. For an overview of recent accomplishments and ongoing work, download our two-page dashboard on HALA strategies. Right now, we need your input on citywide, draft zoning maps to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). Join the conversation on HALA.Consider.it or talk to us in person at events scheduled until June 30. To learn about MHA, download this pamphlet.
Ways to learn more and share your thoughts:
Monthly Newsletter: Subscribe to the HALA Newsletter in the right sidebar. Click here for the HALA Newsletter Archive.
Online conversation: Consider.it
In-person: Come to one of our open houses, or invite us to yours (email@example.com)
HALA Hotline: Call us at (206) 743-6612. We do our best to answer the phone M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you get our voicemail, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
- Summaries of meetings hosted by Seattle City Council
- Public feedback on Mandatory Housing Affordabilty in Downtown and South Lake Union
- Summary of Focus Group feedback on MHA principles
- FAQ and neighborhood generated comments
- Neighborhood Feedback in a Nutshell
- Community Focus Groups: Community Focus Groups met for nearly one year to develop the principles that are guiding how we apply MHA.
Reddit "Ask Me Anything" HALA Conversations
City staff answered questions here on March 30th. Read the dialogue to learn more about HALA and learn from your neighbors, HERE. We will be hosting more AMA's, so check our calendar or join Reddit to stay informed.
Consider.it: Online conversations between neighbors (ongoing)
Read the conversation around MHA zoning proposals or login and share your thoughts, HERE.
HALA Housing Stories
Attending events and talking to Seattlites about their housing situations has been a huge learning experience for the HALA team. After so many listening sessions, we decided to start capturing stories from the people who are effected by the changes in our City. Here are a few stories from you neighbors on our Youtube channel. Feel free to share your story with us. We will add it to our playlist.
Telephone Town Halls
The Mayor called 70,000 households directly to talk with them about HALA. This was a direct dial program, based on zipcodes. Telephone Town Halls took place on the following dates. Use links below to listen to audio recordings of each event.
Focus Group (Archive)
Community Focus Groups met for nearly one year to help craft the Principles that are now guiding how we apply MHA. Maps of proposed zoning changes are available online and at in-person meetings. Have a look below for links to more information. Please check the calendar often for other opportunities to engage and share your ideas.
- Download all of the MHA draft zoning change maps (300 mb).
- Share your feedback about HALA at HALA.Consider.It and explore the draft zoning changes with our MHA web map.
- See our Guide to Housing Options.
- Want help with commonly used planning, land use, and affordable housing terms and acronyms? Check out the HALA Community Focus Group Working Glossary.
- See examples of how homes and streets might look with MHA zoning changes.
- Interested to know more about Community Focus Groups? Read this handy HALA Community Focus Group FAQ. Let us know if you have other questions. Email us at HALAapplication@Seattle.gov.
- List of Focus Group Participants
- MHA summary
- Focus Group FAQs
- Focus Group Process Diagram
Principles for MHA Implementation: Read our final summary of Focus Group input on the guiding principles for implementing MHA zoning changes citywide.
Draft MHA Zoning Maps
MHA Development Examples
See illustrations of example buildings in various zones under new MHA development standards and affordable housing requirements:
- Residential Small Lot (RSL)
- Lowrise 1 (LR1)
- Lowrise 2 (LR2)
- Lowrise 3 (LR3)
- Midrise (MR)
- Neighborhood Commercial 40 (NC-40)
- Neighborhood Commercial 55 (NC-55)
- Neighborhood Commercial 75 (NC-75)
- Neighborhood Commercial 95 (NC-95)
Focus Group Meeting Materials (Archive)
Click here to go to the original Focus Group page with all the meeting materials, summaries and more.