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“The City has not adequately assessed the negative impacts of its planned upzones, nor studied reasonable alternatives to upzoning to create affordable housing, nor has the city accompanied its plan with measures to prevent displacement of longtime residents and small businesses, loss of tree canopy, loss of open space, and the loss of historic buildings that inevitably will result.”  So says the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity (SCALE), an organization of 29 community and housing groups representing every corner of the city.  This quote explains why together they have filed a legal appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with Hearing Examiner. 

The appeal originally was scheduled to be heard more than two months ago, but because of the time and complexity of the case, it is now scheduled to start June 25th and is likely to last for several days and possibly ‘extended’ into July.  
A successful appeal would force the City to take their planned upzones back to the drawing boards for a more detailed, accurate, and thorough assessment of how these upzones affect our city.   And, it is hoped such a ‘remand’ would force consideration and adoption of effective mitigation measures such as a stronger tree protection ordinance, developer impact fees, small business protections, and a requirement that developers replace 1 for 1 any low cost housing they destroy.

A SCALE representative says that so far, it has been successful in securing contributions to sustain their appeal due to generous support of many Seattle citizens. But, given the complexity of the effort and enormous number of issues raised by 29 appealing organizations, much work remains to be done and that costs money.  While there also has been an extraordinary volunteer effort that has helped significantly to allay expenses, the group says more fundraising and volunteer help are needed and needed now!

Help SCALE reach its goal of $25,000 in new donations today!

Every dollar you donate, up to $25,000 will be matched by SCALE members during this critical period.  Your cash donation will go for attorney fees and appeal expenses.

We hope that you'll chip in with us and match our pledges with your donation! Your donation is deeply appreciated and carefully used to further SCALE's appeal.

Please make a donation today to be matched 1:1 up to $25,000 in April- raising a total of $50,000 for the costs of the appeal

Simply click on the green button! 

Checks made out to Seattle Fair Growth can be mailed to:

Seattle Fair Growth
2442 NW Market Street, Box 487
Seattle, WA 98107


Participating SCALE members: Seattle Fair Growth, Seattle Displacement Coalition and members representing Alki Community Council, Baker Street Community Group, Beacon Hill Council of Seattle, Central Ballard Residents Association, Citizens for Architectural Diversity, Eastlake Community Council, Fauntleroy Community Council, Fremont Neighborhood Council, Friends of North Rainier Neighborhood Plan, Friends of Ravenna-Cowen, Georgetown, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Greenwood Exceptional Tree Group, Jackson Place Community Council, Madison-Miller Park Community, Magnolia Community Council,  Morgan Community Association,  Queen Anne Community Council, Save Madison Valley, Seniors United for Neighborhoods, South Park, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, TreePAC, University District Small Businesses, University District Community Council, Wallingford Community Council, West Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition, West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization

Seattle Fair Growth is acting as fiscal agent for Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity (SCALE).

Thank you for your support. Attorney fees to appeal this decision will run into to tens of thousands of dollars. Seattle Fair Growth and Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity are all volunteer organizations. 100% of your donation (minus any processing fees) will go towards legal fees and promotion of the appeal.  We could not do this without your support!

If your community organization is interested in joining us and would like a presentation from SCALE, please contact

To learn more about why we are appealing the Mandatory Housing Affordability Environmental Impact Statement please read the following editorial from our legal team – All of Seattle’s Neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval as well as Susanna Lin's op-ed in the Seattle Times Entitled "Don't believe HALA upzone hype"


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