BNC's Public Meeting, Thurs., January 11, 2018; 6:30pm
at downtown Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 210 Central Avenue
  • Topic: "Yes, You CAN Fight City Hall: Lessons Learned from Seattle."
  • Guest Speaker:  Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA, will share his experiences from the Queen Anne Community Council and their legal victory to require Seattle to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed legislation to loosen requirements for Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs).
  • To reserve your seat, use this Reservation Form. Please complete a separate reservation for each person attending.
  • About the Speaker: In 2016 Kaplan led the Queen Anne Community Council in their successful appeal of Seattle's ADU proposal, which has been described as the city's "largest rezone and redefinition...ever." The proposal virtually ignores all potential adverse impacts of removing off-street parking requirements, allowing ADUs on smaller lots, increasing the height bulk and scale of ADUs, and other changes that lead to further development of income properties. The EIS will require Seattle to study the impacts of the proposal on single-family neighborhoods.
  • Kaplan is a founding member of the new Seattle citywide coalition, SCALE (Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity). Read More about SCALE.
  • In Bellingham, we are facing a similar DADU upzone. What adverse impacts will this upzone cause? Will the city address the problem of over-densification, parking, congestion, tree canopy loss, noise, and removal of open space?
  • What recourse do citizens have to prevent this citywide upzone? Why have some in city government abandoned the social contract that provides some reasonable certainty that the valuable property rights of homeowners will be protected? What about the constitutional principles of fairness and due process?
  • Is the DADU upzone simply the Trojan Horse that leads to the legalization of all Infill Toolkit housing forms in single-family neighborhoods? Is this the beginning of Bellingham being "Ballardized" as city leaders legalize the bulldozing of historic housing stock to be replaced by duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, townhomes, and apartments? 
  • The BNC is leading the fight against a citywide upzone. Kaplan, a committed Seattle neighborhood advocate, has tremendous experience and advice to share. We look forward to an engaging dialogue with him as we prepare for Bellingham's own Public Hearing on DADUs at the Planning Commission, January 25.
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