Mukilteo doesn’t need higher-density housing

Perfidy, morals and ethics are inherent in politics. This and more are wrapped up in current events of the Housing Action Plan and our subsequent ballot measure. HAP, like an unwanted stray cat that won’t leave, is ours to hold for better or worse. As arguments rage on we must discern what is being said, what is written, and the politics that ties it together.

Let’s start with some facts. High density housing is defined by HAP in concise terms and is not an arbitrary figure as some argue. Moreover, the use of rezoning to accommodate higher density buildings will allow and encourage such development. Making this a moral issue develops into an unsound argument and is used to serve political agendas. All the while the city is in compliance with its legal obligations. Ballot measures are a way to redress the government, a constitutional right.

Data from the $100,000 report does not indicate an increasing lack of housing. On the contrary, industry and jobs decline. Population growth predictions are 450 people over decades of time. Data also shows Mukilteo currently has a variety of housing, the majority being townhouses, in addition to diverse demographics. To wit, council earned an award for city planning.

Thank you, Joe Marine and others in making this a livable city.

Why would we try to solve a problem that does not exist for Mukilteo? The political agenda of higher density housing serves politicians and not the city.

Donna Vago

Mukilteo

Talk to us

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Sept. 18

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Vector People Map of Washington, US State. Stylized Silhouette, People Crowd in the Shape of a Map of Washington. Washington Population. Illustration Isolated on White Background.
Editorial: Put yourself on the map for your representation

The state’s redistricting commission is drawing lines for legislative and congressional districts.

Lisa Edwards, Verdant Health Commission
Lisa Edwards: Health care workers, others need to hear thanks

After 18 months and amid the latest surge, front-line staff have confronted enormous risk and stress.

Juan Peralez
Juan Peralez: Domestic terror threat remains; let’s confront it

Out state isn’t immune to threats of violence from extremist groups. Work must begin to oppose them.

Julie Muhlstein and Dan Bates served Herald readers well

Julie Muhlstein’s history with the Everett Daily Herald establishes that she is… Continue reading

Harrop: Biden’s finally bragging about the stock market

Presidents have little to do with its ups and downs, but Democrats should still talk it up.

Comment: Milley’s calls reflect crisis; just not military one

In seeking to reassure China during political turmoil here, Gen. Milley acted to protect democracy.

Comment: Unions not against vax mandate; they just want a say

With a few exceptions, most unions favor the mandates, but they want to negotiate implementation.

toon
Editorial cartoons for Friday, Sept. 17

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Most Read