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June 14, 2017 JuNO meeting discusses DEIS amendments and HALA
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By Gwen Davis

The Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) held its monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Senior Center. It was facilitated by Amanda Sawyer, the new executive director of JuNO.

Around 20 people attended the meeting.

During the first part of the meeting, participants discussed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda's Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program.

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Rich Koehler of the JuNO Land Use Committee spoke to participants about the DEIS. He firstly said that he and the committee have been trying the reconcile housing coding requirements from the state with those of West Seattle. For instance, the state says that all urban villages need to accommodate growth, however, the Junction’s code creates protections for single-family areas. Because of slight legal discrepancies such as this, Koehler is working on 10 amendments to the city code.

“Those get evaluated in July,” he said.

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