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November 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

District elections could affect land use and development decisions

Renters could lose their voice under council districts

While I’m happy that district elections will lower the cost of running for city council, I worry about how it will affect land-use and development decisions [“Elections by district mean big change for city leaders,” NWThursday, Nov. 7].

Seattle needs to build quite a lot of new housing to keep up with job growth. But neighborhood associations sometimes oppose new development, including more affordable development like micro-housing. With district elections, neighborhood groups will have a local councilmember to appeal to, which could mean less housing getting built (and rents continuing to skyrocket).

Although more than half of city residents are renters, we tend to be less organized than homeowners and less involved in neighborhood groups, which could mean we have even less of a voice under council districts.

Melanie Mayock, Seattle

Comments | More in government | Topics: Council districts, government

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