OFSD&LN Missing Middle Survey

Background: The Missing Middle Plan was created without public input, and hasn't changed in response to public input. Missing Middle was not mentioned, nor prescribed, by the 2014 Olympia Comprehensive Plan. Basically, it is intended to bring large, landlord-owned housing to Olympia's older, denser, near-downtown neighborhoods.

In combination with the nearly simultaneous proposed Low-Impact Development rule changes, MM will significantly decrease green space (by about 50%), views, parking, and the character of Olympia's low-density residential neighborhoods. 

In addition, by increasing the intensity of land use, MM is likely to cause an increase in property costs and a decrease in affordability of housing (to rent or buy), and encourage the demolition of viable older, affordable housing to be replaced by new, large, more-expensive buildings owned by real estate investors. This development will initially take advantage of, then slowly eliminate, the assets of our neighborhoods (space, light, quiet, privacy, parking, personality), which allow us to enjoy living in them.
It looks like some aspects of the MM plan, being considered by City Council right now, may be even more impactful to Olympia residents than the original plan, when it passes.

Missing Middle-type development is happening all over the country. Cities like Seattle and Portland are realizing too late that the main beneficiaries of these plans are developers and investors.  Working people who can't afford to live in their own communities will not be helped by MM. Nor can MM have any effect on suburban sprawl.
This short survey, distributed by Olympians for Smart Development & Livable Neighborhoods, is meant to gauge your opinions about Missing Middle, and your willingness to take decisive action to prevent MM from being imposed on Olympia residents. 

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* 1. Which neighborhood do you live in?

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* 2. Are you familiar with the details of Missing Middle, like lot size changes, types of housing allowed now and in MM, changes in green space requirements, housing unit density, etc?

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* 3. Have you visited the Olympians for Smart Development & Livable Neighborhoods website (https://noolyupzone.yolasite.com)?

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* 4. Olympia is projected to have around 20,000 new residents in the next 20 years. This means we'll need about 8000 new housing units, and higher density near transit and infrastructure. The Comp Plan recommends high-density development downtown, east of Ralphs and west of Division St, along with infill of existing neighborhoods. 

Do you believe this requires our low-density residential neighborhoods to now allow triplexes, fourplexes, 8 or more-unit townhouse buildings and courtyard apartments, along with reduced parking requirements?

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* 5. Are you in favor of the Missing Middle plan as it exists right now?

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* 6. Have you written a letter, EMail, or called a City Council member about your views on Missing Middle?

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* 7. If you think the process leading to the Missing Middle plan was flawed or think its provisions are harmful to Olympia's residential neighborhoods, yet the City Council ends up passing a plan which leaves MM largely-unchanged, what would you be willing to do?

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* 8. What is your EMail address?

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