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.