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.